The Danish language can be a real challenge to newcomers. It's not particularly well-articulated and some words can have more than one meaning.
A perfect example is the Danish word 'Nå', which the natives use for everything from an insult to a compliment depending of the tone.
If you are struggling with the Danish language, 'nå' is a great place to start. You are basically close to fluent if you get it right 😉
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How to pronounce the Danish 'nå'
|Nå ... This little 'nå' will keep the conversation going. In Danish it's used to fill small gaps in the conversation and to express engagement and interest. It's a great way to say 'please continue' in Danish.|
|Nårh ... If a Dane doubts the truth of something you said, s/he will use the sceptical 'nå' to express doubt or suspicion.|
|Nå (hvasså)? ... Danes use this 'nå' to say ''what's up?' It's basically a casual way to ask how you are doing?|
|Nå (ja) ... Use this 'nå' when suddenly remembering something important.|
|Nå nå (slap af) ... This is the Danish way to say 'calm down, don't get your knickers in a twist'.|
|Nå (da)! ... Nå can also be used to show genuine surprise.|
|Nå (kom nu) ... This is the impatient 'nå'. Someone is really tired of waiting and wants you to get your *ss in gear.|
|Nåårh ... Babies, puppies and everything cute will make a Dane say 'nå' like this.|
|Nå!!! ... This 'nå' is a bit scary and you should be ready to flee when the Danes use it. Unless you are a child in which case a fun game of tag is about to start.|
|Nåååh! ... Most of our students know this one. The Danes use it when they finally understand what you said. Probably after you repeated it 10 times.|
|Nå (nej) ... Nå can be used when someone suddenly realises that they were wrong and you were right.|
|Nå! ... And when you are finally sick and tired of the word 'nå', this one is a great way to say 'I really don't care'.|
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