Wednesday, February 13, 2008

I did it!

I know it's not a HUGE deal, but to me it was quite exciting. "What" you ask? I went to the local Super Brugsen and managed to get in and out of the store without speaking a word of English. This is something I have tried several times before but inevitably, just as I'm heading out, the cashier has to go and say something to me that I don't understand and then I have to fess up to my lack of ability to actually comprehend spoken Danish.

But not this time! This time I did my usual wandering through the store looking to see if there is anything new, either an import from the homeland, or perhaps something Danish that I haven't yet had the guts to try. In my hand was my little shopping list for a recipe I would be making. Danish grocery stores don't use the same logic as US grocery stores when it comes to where things go in the store so I was left wandering the aisles looking for the honey. But, there in front of me, was the store manager and so I gathered up my courage and said to him, "Hvor er honning?". The eureka moment occurred when he actually understood me and took me to the honey :).

I then made my way to the cashier (okay, same guy) and said my usual - "på beløbet" - and off I went!

As I said, it wasn't alot, but hey, it's something!


  1. Oh! How wonderful! I COMPLETELY understand the joy behind this victory, no matter how small! Bask in it, toots! I'm impressed you've learned what "pa beløbet" ("for the amount?") means. For months I thought that was "cash back?" so I always answered "no, thank," which always resulted in a "huh?" moment for both myself and the cashier... Anyhow, congrats to you!!!

  2. I am so envious you have the whole på beløbet bit worked out. I thought I had, then I said nej or was it ja? Anyway, whatever it was, was wrong...


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