I have lived in Denmark 19 months, and I am afraid that my spoken Danish is getting worse....I would think that the longer you live here, the more people would be able to understand you, right? Well, for me, this is working in the opposite way. Each time I speak to a stranger in Danish, they answer me in English. Are they just incredibly polite, thinking they are helping me, or is my Danish just THAT bad???
I restaurant i fredags/In a restaurant on Friday:
(på dansk/in Danish)Vi har bestilt et bord- Mads Nørgaard.
(We have a reservation under the name Mads Nørgaard).
(på engelsk/in English) What was the name again?
(på dansk/in Danish) Jeg vil have nummer sytten og nummer tredive.
(på engelsk/ IN ENGLISH!) You want number seventeen and number thirty?
(på dansk/in Danish) Jeg vil meget gerne have en kop kaffe.
(på ENGELSK/in ENGLISH) Did you want that black or with cream?
I butik sidste weekend/In a shop last weekend:
Kan jeg hjælpe dig med noget? (Can I help you with anything?)
(på dansk/in Danish) Ellers tak. Jeg kigger lidt. (No thanks, I will just look a bit.)
(På ENGELSK! /In ENGLISH!) Let me know if you need something.
Skal min mund nogen siden lærer at tale rigtigt dansk???
Will my mouth ever learn to speak Danish the right way???