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5 Danish mini stories with audio

Easy stories in simple Danish for beginners

A few days ago, I posted my Danish translation and audio recordings of “Who is She”, which is a simple story written for students of various languages. The stories you’ll find below, however are shorter and all follow a similar pattern: A very short story is told about someone, then the story is repeated from the main characters point of view, and then the main points of the story are presented as questions along with their (very straight forward) answers.
The five stories are the first out of at least 30 – I will be posting more gradually.

How to study with the Danish mini stories

You’re free to use the mini stories as you wish (non-commercially), but I’d appreciate if you’d cite this site as a source, should you go public about it! There are many ways to go about studying the stories, but I’d recommend that you do something in these lines:
1. Read a sentence in Danish, then the original in English. Listen to the audio while doing so.
2. Compare the two and see if you can figure out how the words correspond. Work your way through the text.
3. Listen to the whole recording while concentrating on what you’re hearing. Can you remember what it means, and which words correspond with that in the English version?
4. Listen to the audio several times throughout your day.
5. On the following day, read briefly through yesterday’s story while listening to the recording. Then start from step 1 with a new story.
6. As you gradually work your way through more stories, keep listening to them throughout your day. If there are parts you forget, don’t hesitate to quickly go back and review a lesson.
As you keep listening to the same sentences in your daily life, they’ll start to come back to you like the lyrics of a song that you can’t shake off. This is great, and will help you gain a passive understanding of the grammar in a similar way to what you might experience with your mother tongue. You’ll start to be able to hear if something is correct or not when you speak a phrase with your inner voice.
Work your way through all of the mini stories, and in time, you’ll be ready to move on to more difficult material.

Historie 1 – Michael er kok

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Michael står op klokken seks hver morgen.

Han laver morgenmad og drikker en kop kaffe.

Han kører på arbejde i sin bil.

Hans arbejde starter klokken halv otte.

Michael er kok på en restaurant.

Han laver mad til sultne kunder.

Kunderne kommer fra mange forskellige lande.

De taler mange forskellige sprog.

Michael kan møde mange flinke mennesker.

Michael er glad når han snakker med kunderne.

B
Jeg står op klokken seks hver morgen.

Jeg laver morgenmad og drikker en kop kaffe.

Jeg kører på arbejde i min bil.

Mit arbejde starter klokken halv otte.

Jeg er kok på en restaurant.

Jeg laver mad til sultne kunder.

Kunderne kommer fra mange forskellige lande.

De taler mange forskellige sprog.

Jeg kan møde mange flinke mennesker.

Jeg er glad når jeg taler med kunderne.

Spørgsmål:

1 Michael står op klokken seks hver morgen.
Står Michael op klokken seks hver morgen? Ja, Michael står op klokken seks hver morgen.

2 Michael drikker en kop kaffe. Drikker Michael en kop the? Nej, Michael drikker ikke en kop the, han drikker en kop kaffe.

3 Michael kører på arbejde i sin bil. Tager Michael sin bil på arbejde? Ja, Michael tager sin bil på arbejde.

4 Michaels arbejde starter klokken halv otte. Starter Michaels arbejde klokken syv? Nej, Michaels arbejder starter ikke klokken syv. Det starter klokken halv otte.

5 Michael er kok på en restaurant. Er Michael kok? Ja, Michael er kok på en restaurant.

6 Kunderne kommer fra mange forskellige lande. Kommer kunderne fra et land? Nej, kunderne kommer ikke fra et land. De kommer fra mange forskellige lande.

7 Kunderne er flinke. Er kunderne flinke? Ja, kunderne er flinke.

8 Michael er glad når han taler med kunderne. Er Michael glad når han taler med kunderne? Ja, Michael er glad når han taler med kunderne.

Story 1 – Mike is a Cook

A
Mike gets up at six am every morning.

He makes breakfast and drinks a coffee.

He drives to work in his car.

His work starts at seven thirty am.

Mike is a cook at a restaurant.

He makes food for hungry customers.

The customers are from many countries.

They speak many different languages.

Mike can meet many friendly people.

Mike is happy when he talks to the customers.

B
I get up at six am every morning.

I make breakfast and drink a coffee.

I drive to work in my car.

My work starts at seven thirty am.

I am a cook at a restaurant.

I make food for hungry customers.

The customers are from many different countries.

They speak many different languages.

I can meet many friendly people.

I am happy when I talk to the customers.

Questions:

1 Mike wakes up at six am every morning. Does Mike wake up early?  Yes, Mike wakes up at 6:00am every morning.

2 Mike drinks a coffee. Does Mike drink a tea?  No, Mike does not drink a tea, he drinks a coffee.

3 Mike drives his car to work.  Does Mike drive his car to work?  Yes, Mike drives his car to work.

4 Mike’s work starts at seven thirty am.  Does Mike’s work start at  seven am?  No, Mike’s work does not start at seven am.  It starts at seven thirty am.

5 Mike is a cook at a restaurant.  Is Mike a cook?  Yes, Mike is a cook at a restaurant.

6 The customers are from many different countries.  Are the customers from one country?  No, the customers are not from one country.  They are from many different countries.

7 The customers are friendly.  Are the customers friendly?  Yes, the customers are friendly.

8 Mike feels happy when he talks to the customers.  Does Mike feel happy when he talks to the customers?  Yes, Mike feels happy when he talks to the customers.

 

Historie 2 – Carsten vil tage på ferie

A
Carsten er spændt på vinterferien.

Han har nogle dage fri i vinteren.

Han skal ikke på arbejde i to uger.

Han vil tage på ferie.

Men han ved ikke hvor han skal tage hen.

Han vil tage til Frankrig.

Men Frankrig er dyrt.

Flybiletterne koster meget.

Og Carsten taler ikke Fransk.

Han beslutter sig for at studere, spare penge, og blive hjemme.

B
Jeg er spændt på vinterferien.

Jeg har nogle dage fri i vinteren.

Jeg skal ikke på arbejde i to uger.

Jeg vil tage på ferie.

Men jeg ved ikke hvor jeg skal tage hen.

Jeg vil tage til Frankrig.

Men Frankrig er dyrt.

Flybiletterne koster meget.

Og jeg taler ikke Fransk.

Jeg beslutter mig for at studere, spare penge, og blive hjemme.

Spørgsmål:

1 Carsten er spændt på vinter ferien.Er Carsten spændt? Ja, Carsten er spændt på vinterferien.

2 Carsten har nogle dage fri i vinteren. Har Carsten nogle dage fri i vinteren? Ja, Carsten har nogle dage fri i vinteren.

3 Carsten vil tage på ferie. Vil Carsten blive hjemme? Nej, Carsten vil ikke blive hjemme. Han vil tage på ferie.

4 Carsten ved ikke hvor han skal tage hen. Ved Carsten hvor han skal tage hen? Nej, Carsten ved ikke hvor han skal tage hen.

5 Carsten vil tage til Frankrig på ferie. Vil Carsten tage til Frankrig? Ja, Carsten vil tage til Frankrig på sin ferie.

6 Frankrig er dyrt. Er Frankrig billigt? Nej, Frankrig er ikke billigt, Frankrig er dyrt.

7 Carsten taler ikke Fransk. Taler Carsten Fransk? Nej, Carsten taler ikke Fransk.

8 Carsten beslutter sig for at studere Fransk, spare penge og blive hjemme i ferien. Beslutter Carsten sig for at studere Fransk? Ja, han beslutter sig for at studere Fransk, spare penge, og blive hjemme i ferien.

Story 2 – Dustin Wants to Take a Vacation

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Dustin is excited for the winter holiday.

He has some time off in the winter.

He doesn’t have to work for two weeks.

He wants to go on vacation.

But, he doesn’t know where to go.

He wants to go to France.

But France is expensive.

The airplane tickets cost a lot.

And Dustin doesn’t speak French.

He decides to study, to save money, and to stay home.

B
I am excited for the winter holiday.

I have some time off in the winter.

I don’t have to work for two weeks.

I want to go on vacation.

But, I don’t know where to go.

I want to go to France.

But France is expensive.

The airplane tickets cost a lot.

And I don’t speak French.

I decide to study, to save money, and to stay home.

Questions:

1 Dustin is excited for the winter holidays.  Is Dustin excited? Yes, Dustin is excited for the winter holidays.

2 Dustin has time off in the winter. Does Dustin have free time in the winter?  Yes, Dustin has time off in the winter.

3 Dustin wants to go on vacation.  Does Dustin want to stay home?  No, Dustin does not want to stay home. He wants to go on vacation.

4 Dustin doesn’t know where to go.  Does Dustin know where to go?  No, Dustin doesn’t know where to go.

5 Dustin wants to go to France for his vacation.  Does Dustin want to go to France?  Yes, Dustin wants to go to France for his vacation.

6 France is expensive.  Is France cheap?  No, France is not cheap.  France is expensive.

7 Dustin does not speak French.  Does Dustin speak French?  No, Dustin does not speak French.

8 Dustin decides to study French, save money, or stay home for the vacation.  Does Dustin decide to study French?  Yes, he decides to study French, to save money, and to stay home for the vacation.

 

Historie 3 – Karen får en kat

A
Karen keder sig på arbejdet og derhjemme.

Hun laver det samme hver dag.

Hun vil have en ny hobby.

Først prøver hun at lave mad.

Men hendes mad smager ikke godt.

Så prøver hun at svømme.

Men hun er bange for vand.

Karen går hjem, og ser en dyrehandler.

Hos dyrehandleren ser hun en kat!

Karen køber katten, og er nu meget glad.

B
Jeg keder mig på arbejdet og derhjemme.

Jeg laver det samme hver dag.

Jeg vil have en ny hobby.

Først prøver jeg at lave mad.

Men min mad smager ikke godt.

Så prøver jeg at svømme.

Men jeg er bange for vand.

Jeg går hjem, og ser en dyrehandler.

Hos dyrehandleren ser jeg en kat!

Jeg køber katten, og er nu meget glad.

Spørgsmål:

1 Karen keder sig på arbejdet og derhjemme. Er Karen glad på sit arbejde? Nej, Karen er ikke glad på sit arbejde. Hun keder sig på arbejdet og derhjemme.

2 Karen gør det samme hver dag. Gør Karen mange nye ting? Nej, Karen gør det samme hver dag.

3 Karen vil have en ny hobby. Vil Karen have en ny hobby? Ja, Karen vil have en ny hobby.

4 Karens mad smager ikke særligt godt. Er Karen en god kok? Nej, Karen er ikke en god kok. Hendes mad smager ikke godt.

5 Karen er bange for vand. Kan Karen godt lide at svømme? Nej, Karen kan ikke lide at svømme. Hun er bange for vand.

6 Karen ser en kat hos en dyrehandler. Ser Karen en kat i en butik? Ja, Karen ser en kat i en dyrehandler.

7 Karen køber katten fra dyrehandleren. Køber Karen katten? Ja, Karen køber katten fra dyrehandleren.

8 Karen er nu meget glad fordi hun har en kat. Keder Karen sig nu? Nej, Karen keder sig ikke. Nu er hun meget glad fordi hun har en kat.

Story 3  – Karen Gets a Cat

A
Karen is bored at work and at home.

She does the same thing every day.

She wants a new hobby.

First, she tries to cook.

But her food does not taste good.

Then, she tries to swim.

But she is afraid of water.

Karen walks home and sees a pet store.

In the pet store, she sees a cat!

Karen buys the cat, and is now very happy.

B
I am bored at work and at home.

I do the same thing every day.

I want a new hobby.

First, I try to cook.

But my food does not taste good.

Then, I try to swim.

But I am afraid of water.

I walk home and see a pet store.

In the pet store, I see a cat!

I buy the cat, and am now very happy.

Questions:

1 Karen is bored at work, and at home.  Is Karen happy at work?  No, Karen is not happy at work.  She is bored at work, and at home.

2 Karen does the same thing every day.  Does Karen do many new things?  No, Karen does the same thing every day.

3 Karen wants a new hobby.  Does Karen want a new hobby?  Yes, Karen wants a new hobby.

4 Karen’s food does not taste good.  Is Karen a good cook?  No, Karen is not a good cook.  Her food does not taste good.

5 Karen is afraid of water. Does Karen like swimming?  No, Karen does not like swimming.  She is afraid of water.

6 Karen sees a cat in a pet store.  Does Karen see a cat in a store?  Yes Karen sees a cat in a pet store.

7 Karen buys the cat from the pet store.  Does Karen buy the cat?  Yes, Karen buys the cat from the pet store.

8 Karen is now very happy because she has a cat.  Is Karen bored now?  No, Karen is not bored.  She is now very happy because she has a cat.

 

Historie 4 – Min datter en en god elev

A
Min datter går i skole hver dag.

Hun elsker at gå i skole.

Hun er en god elev i skolen.

Lærerne synes godt om min datter.

Min datter har også mange venner.

Hendes bedste ven er Ida.

Ida kan lide matematik og fysik.

Min datter kan lide engelsk og historie.

De hjælper hinanden med lektier.

De arbejder hårdt og klarer sig godt i skolen.

B

Jeg går i skole hver dag.

Jeg elsker at gå i skole.

Jeg er en god elev i skolen.

Mine lærere synes godt om mig.

Jeg har også mange venner.

Min bedste ven er Ida.

Hun kan lide matematik og fysik.

Jeg kan lide engelsk og historie.

Vi hjælper hinanden med lektier.

Vi arbejder hårdt og klarer os godt i skolen.

Spørgsmål:

1 Datteren går i skole hver dag. Går datteren i skole hver dag? Ja, hun går i skole hver dag.

2 Datteren elsker at gå i skole. Elsker datteren at gå i skole? Ja, hun elsker skolen.

3 Datteren er en god elev. Er datteren en dårlig elev? Nej, datteren er ikke en dårlig elev. Hun er en god elev.

4 Lærerne synes godt om datteren. Synes lærerne godt om datteren? Ja, lærerne synes godt om hende.

5 Hendes bedste ven hedder Ida. Hedder hendes bedste ven Tina? Nej, hendes bedste ven hedder Ida.

6 Ida kan lide matematik og fysik. Kan Ida lide engelsk og historie? Nej, hun kan lide matematik og fysik.

7 Datteren og Ida klarer sig godt i skolen. Klarer datteren sig godt i skolen? Ja, datteren og Ida klarer sig godt i skolen.

Story 4  – My Daughter is a Good Student

A
My daughter goes to school every day.

She likes school very much.

She is a good student at school.

The teachers like my daughter a lot.

My daughter also has many friends.

Her best friend is Amy.

Amy likes math and science.

My daughter likes English and history.

They help each other with homework.

They study hard and do well in school.

B

I go to school every day.

I like school very much.

I am a good student at school.

My teachers like me a lot.

I also have many friends.

My best friend is Amy.

She likes math and science.

I like English and history.

We help each other with homework.

We study hard and do well in school.

Questions:

1 The daughter goes to school every day. Does the daughter go to school every day?  Yes, she goes to school every day.

2 The daughter likes school. Does the daughter like school?  Yes, she likes school.

3 The daughter is a good student.  Is the daughter a bad student?  No, the daughter is not a bad student.  She is a good student.

4 The teachers like the daughter.  Do the teachers like the daughter?  Yes, the teachers like her.

5 Her best friend is named Amy. Is her best friend named Julie?  No, her best friend is named Amy.

6 Amy likes math and science.  Does Amy like English and history?  No, she likes math and science.

7 The daughter and Amy do well in school.  Does the daughter do well in school?  Yes, the daughter and Amy do well in school.

 

Historie 5 – Per har mange lektier

A
Per går på gymnasiet.

Han har mange lektier.

Bodil er universitets studerende.

Hun har også mange lektier.

Per kan ikke lide at lave lektier.

Han kan lide at spille computer.

Bodil kan lide at læse og skrive.

Hun laver sine lektier hver dag.

Bodil er Pers storesøster.

Hun får ham altid til at lave sine lektier.

B
Jeg går på gymnasiet.

Jeg har mange lektier.

Bodil er universitets studerende.

Hun har også mange lektier.

Jeg kan ikke lide at lave lektier.

Jeg kan lide at spille computer.

Bodil kan lide at læse og skrive.

Hun laver sine lektier hver dag.

Bodil er min storesøster.

Hun får mig altid til at lave mine lektier.

Spørgsmål:

1 Per går på gymnasiet. Går Per på gymnasiet? Ja, Per går på gymnasiet.

2 Per har masser af lektier for. Har Per mange lektier for? Ja, Per har masser af lektier for.

3 Bodil er universitets studerende. Går Bodil på gymnasiet? Nej, Bodil går ikke på gymnasiet. Hun er universitets studerende.

4 Per kan lide at spille computer. Kan Per lide at spille computer? Ja, Per kan lide at spille computer.

5 Bodil kan lide at læse og skrive. Kan Bodil lide at se film? Nej, Bodil kan lide at læse og skrive.

6 Bodil laver sine lektier hver dag. Laver Bodil sine lektier hver dag? Ja, Bodil laver sine lektier hver dag.

7 Bodil er Pers storesøster. Er Per og Bodil i familie? Ja, Per og Bodil er i familie. Bodil er Pers storesøster.

8 Bodil får Per til at lave sine lektier hver dag. Får Bodil Per til at lave sine lektier? Ja, Bodil får Per til at lave sine lektier hver dag.

Story 5 – Jon Has Lots of Homework

A
Jon is in high school.

He has lots of homework.

Clare is a university student.

She has lots of homework, too.

Jon does not like homework.

He likes to play on his computer.

Clare likes reading and writing.

She does her homework every day.

Clare is Jon’s older sister.

She always makes him do his homework.

B

I am in high school.

I have lots of homework.

Clare is a university student.

She has lots of homework, too.

I do not like homework.

I like to play on my computer.

Clare likes reading and writing.

She does her homework every day.

Clare is my older sister.

She always makes me do my homework.

Questions:

1 Jon is a high school student. Is Jon a high school student?  Yes, Jon is a high school student.

2 Jon has a lot of homework.  Does Jon have a lot of homework?  Yes, Jon has a lot of homework.

3 Clare is a university student.  Is Clare a high school student?  No, Clare is not a high school student.  She is a university student.

4 Jon likes playing on his computer.  Does Jon like playing on his computer?  Yes, Jon likes playing on his computer.

5 Clare likes reading and writing.  Does Clare like watching movies?  No, Clare likes reading and writing.

6 Clare does her homework every day.  Does Clare do her homework every day?  Yes, Clare does her homework every day.

7 Clare is Jon’s older sister.  Are Jon and Clare related?  Yes, Jon and Clare are related.  Clare is Jon’s older sister.

8 Clare makes Jon do his homework every day.  Does Clare make Jon do his homework?  Yes, Clare makes Jon do his homework every day.

 

7 thoughts on “5 Danish mini stories with audio

      1. Two years ago, one of my professors recommended a graduate program at Aarhus University to me. I couldn’t find any good books or even classes to learn Danish so I opted to go to Germany instead. But recently I discovered Danish on Duolingo, and I find the grammar really interesting so I’m always on the look out for new resources.

          1. Please do. I prefer using stories to learn languages as opposed to reading a bunch of random sentences from a grammar book. I think Kató Lomb’s suggestion to learn languages from novels is very effective because the narratives help one remember the vocabulary and grammatical rules better. So I find these mini dialogues and stories very useful, yes.

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