Danish is a Scandinavian language belonging to Germanic languages. It is the official language of Denmark of course, but also spoken in Greenland (that belongs to Denmark) and some minor Danish-speaking communities in various parts of the world. Like Norwegian and Swedish, Danish was influenced by Low German in the Middle Ages (and more lately of course by English – like so many other languages). All these four North Germanic languages are descendants of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples that lived in Scandinavia during the Viking Era.
Due to the many pronunciation differences that set Danish apart – its vowels and especially those weakly/softly pronounced consonants – it can be considered a difficult language to learn and even to understand. But like with any other language study, practice makes perfect – with Danish it just might take a little longer. And about that perfection – we don’t actually need it! We just need to understand, and be understood in turn.
Articles about Danish