4 In Danish Learning Journey

I just bought 9hrs of Danish audio

Yes, I bought a Danish audiobook! This afternoon, I was just obsessed with the idea of getting a Danish book. I was searching up Eventyr og Historier by Hans Christian Andersen but decided to leave that for another day (year) because I couldn’t find something with an audiobook. But it’s definitely a book that I hope to read in Danish one day, if I continue to keep up with the journey 🙂

Danish pronunciation is tricky, so I wanted audio with transcript (i.e. audiobook), which I can follow and get used to the sounds. So… I ended up googling for Harry Potter in Danish hahaha.

I spent the afternoon obsessing over whether I should get the physical copy, and where I should get the audiobook. I found a great site that actually has short audio clips of the start to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in many languages. It’s so cool that I got distracted and started listening to different clips, including languages which I probably never heard spoken. It’s funny how I’ve never really thought of getting Harry Potter in Korean, Japanese or Thai.

In any case, after much deliberation, I decided to get the kindle version of Book 1: Harry Potter og De Vises Sten. There’s really no point in owning a physical book at this point, and it’s easier for me to have the ebook instead. I had to be careful to make sure that I’m getting the Danish edition because the Swedish and Norwegian titles look very similar.

I’m not a huge fan of audiobooks in my native tongues, because I much prefer to read and enjoy the story in my own voice (in my head) and speed. That might change in the future, but at this point, I barely listen to English/Mandarin audiobooks. Hence, I was rather surprised to find that a lot of audiobooks are subscription-based services, which I have not much use for. So I decided to get the audiobook from Google Play. It’s not cheap, but I would rather pay for it, rather than having to consistently pay a monthly fee for a service I don’t use.

For those who are keen on getting Harry Potter in the target language(s), Pottermore Publishing has a comprehensive list with purchase links.

Yay, so now I have 9hrs of audio on the go. The good thing about getting Harry Potter in Danish is that I’ve read the English source so many times that I can remember a lot of it, and it’s easy to figure out what’s what hahaha. Will take any excuse to read more Harry Potter (:

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4 Comments

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    Geoffrey Moore
    29 October, 2021 at 4:49 PM

    Danish is useful if you wish to work for Maersk https://careers-origin.maersk.com/home/business/global-presence/europe/maersk-and-the-danes or Lego https://www.lego.com/en-sg. Torbjørn C. Pedersen (Thor) is Danish – https://www.onceuponasaga.dk/blog/305-we-are-ready-for-the-pacific-challenge-exit-singapore. Denmark is the home of Lars von Trier – https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001885/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm. Zaine Griff (Glenn Mikkelson) is a well known New Zealand singer of Danish extraction – https://www.zainegriff.com/#bio

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      Hangukdrama
      4 November, 2021 at 11:44 AM

      Thanks for sharing the links! 🙂

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    Anna
    30 October, 2021 at 10:00 AM

    This is a neat idea! I’ve never considered obtaining an audiobook in the language I’m learning (like you, I don’t use audiobooks), but it must be very helpful. Thanks for sharing the site with all the audio clips! It’s really cool.

    I guess a nice thing about learning Danish is that you’ll be able to understand other Scandinavian languages as well, though the other Nordics like to poke fun at Danes for speaking terribly unclearly, haha.

    Have you heard of Scandinavia and the World? It’s an online comic in English created by someone from Denmark. I haven’t read it in six years now (oops), but it makes fun of some things countries are known for and you may learn more about Scandinavia and Nordic countries.

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      Hangukdrama
      4 November, 2021 at 11:49 AM

      Ooooh I haven’t heard of that, going to check it out thanks!! I’m so unfamiliar with that part of the world, this looks like an interesting read 🙂

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