Unveiling ‘Hygge’: A Journey to Discover the Danish Concept of Coziness

Fluent Fiction – Danish
www.FluentFiction.org/Danish
Story Transcript:
Da: På en almindelig torsdag i hjertet af København, fandt vi Lars.
En: On an ordinary Thursday in the heart of Copenhagen, we found Lars.

Da: Lars boede på Vesterbro.
En: Lars lived in Vesterbro.

Da: Det var her, han tjente sit brød som guide.
En: It was here he earned his bread as a guide.

Da: Hans job var at vise turisterne rundt i byen.
En: His job was to show tourists around the city.

Da: Denne særlige dag, var hans opgave anderledes.
En: On this particular day, his task was different.

Da: Han fik besøg af Ingrid.
En: He was visited by Ingrid.

Da: Ingrid var amerikaner.
En: Ingrid was American.

Da: Hun havde hørt om noget, der hed “hygge”.
En: She had heard of something called “hygge”.

Da: Men, hun vidste ikke, hvad det betød.
En: But she didn’t know what it meant.

Da: Lars skulle hjælpe Ingrid med at forstå konceptet.
En: Lars was supposed to help Ingrid understand the concept.

Da: De startede ved Nyhavn.
En: They started at Nyhavn.

Da: Lars viste de farvestralende huse frem.
En: Lars showed off the colorful houses.

Da: Bådene, som gled stille gennem kanalen.
En: The boats gliding quietly through the canal.

Da: Det var hyggeligt, sagde han.
En: It was cozy, he said.

Da: Ingrid nikkede, men hun forstod det ikke helt.
En: Ingrid nodded, but she didn’t quite understand.

Da: Derefter gik de mod Strøget.
En: Then they walked towards Strøget.

Da: De så på de flotte butikker.
En: They looked at the lovely shops.

Da: Menneskene, der gik rundt at snakkede.
En: People walking around chatting.

Da: Lyden af byliv.
En: The sound of city life.

Da: Også hyggeligt, sagde Lars.
En: Also cozy, said Lars.

Da: Ingrid forsøgte at begribe det, men det var stadig svært.
En: Ingrid tried to grasp it, but it was still difficult.

Da: De tog hen til Tivoli.
En: They went to Tivoli.

Da: Lars pegede på de blinkende lys.
En: Lars pointed out the flashing lights.

Da: Parrene, som gik hånd i hånd.
En: Couples walking hand in hand.

Da: Det var også hyggeligt.
En: That was also cozy.

Da: Ingrid kunne se, det var smukt.
En: Ingrid could see it was beautiful.

Da: Men, hun forstod det stadig ikke.
En: But she still didn’t understand.

Da: Til sidst, inviterede Lars Ingrid hjem.
En: Finally, Lars invited Ingrid home.

Da: Han tændte et par stearinlys.
En: He lit a few candles.

Da: Bød Ingrid på en kop varm kaffe.
En: Offered Ingrid a cup of hot coffee.

Da: De satte sig i sofaen.
En: They sat on the couch.

Da: Snakkede og grinte sammen.
En: Talked and laughed together.

Da: Så sagde Lars, at det var hygge.
En: Then Lars said, “This is hygge.”

Da: Ingrid nikkede, “Ah, nu forstår jeg det!
En: Ingrid nodded, “Ah, now I get it!”

Da: “Så endte dagen i København.
En: So the day ended in Copenhagen.

Da: Ingrid havde lært, hvad “hygge” betød.
En: Ingrid had learned what “hygge” meant.

Da: Lars havde lært, at hygge måske var svær at forklare.
En: Lars had learned that hygge might be hard to explain.

Da: Men let at opleve.
En: But easy to experience.

Da: Alle var glade og dagens opgave var løst.
En: Everyone was happy and the day’s task was accomplished.

Da: Lyset fra stearinlyset blinkede stille i Lars’ lejlighed på Vesterbro, mens mørket faldt på udenfor.
En: The light from the candle flickered softly in Lars’ apartment in Vesterbro as darkness fell outside.

Vocabulary Words:
job : job
guide : guide
turister : tourists
byen : city
koncept : concept
bådene : boats
hyggeligt : cozy
butikker : shops
gik : walking
snakkede : chatting
lyden : sound
blinkende : flashing
lys : lights
parrene : couples
smukt : beautiful
stearinlys : candles
varm kaffe : hot coffee
sofaen : couch
snakkede : talked
grinte : laughed
forstå : understand
lært : learned
forklare : explained
opleve : experience
glade : happy
løst : accomplished
stille : softly
lejlighed : apartment
mørket : darkness