Books, Stories about life in Denmark

Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English: The best-selling book

If you’re Danish or have friends or family who are Danish, you may enjoy my new book, “Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English.”

For the past 16 years, I’ve made my living at least in part by correcting Danish people’s English at big companies like Danske Bank and Carlsberg. And I run into the same mistakes again and again.

Confusing ‘fun’ and ‘funny.’ Mixing up ‘customer’ and ‘costumer’. Spelling ‘loose’ with two ‘o’s and ‘see’ with only one ‘e’. Confusing ‘learn’ with ‘teach’ and ‘loan’ with ‘borrow.’ And saying ‘meet’ to mean the time one starts work. “You must meet at 9.” Meet who?

This book is an attempt to put myself out of business.

Top Mistakes Danes Make in English Kay Xander Mellish

Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English is a small book – only 84 pages – with a light-hearted view of the most common mistakes Danes make in English.

Danes generally speak English very well, so the book is not an academic text – just a few easy fixes so Danes can speak even better English when they travel, write academic papers and use English for business.

How to get the book

You can buy the book in our webshop, on Saxo.com or Amazon.co.uk.

You can also order the book from any bookstore in Denmark, or in fact any bookstore in Europe, using the ISBN 978-877-114-1887.

What the Danish media says about the book

You can also read more about the book in Politiken (Danish), Finans.dk (Danish), dr.dk (Danish), or the University Post (English).

Hear Kay discuss the book on Radioavisen, P4, and Radio Nova. You can also see Kay on DR’s Aftenshowet, or listen to an hourlong interview about both books on Hvids Varmestue (Radio 24/7).

You can also visit danglish.dk for more information about the book, or about how to book Kay for a “Drop Dit Danglish” presentation at your school or company.






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    Reply Marcy Wingard June 12, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    I enjoyed your book, “How to Live in Denmark” very much – bought one for myself and one for my daughter. I lived in Copenhagen and environs for 5 years from 1970-1975. My deceased husband was Danish and he made all the mistakes you mention. Funny how the mistakes run true! His English was excellent but still these things came up. I can always tell a Dane speaking English because of these typical mistakes, even if their accent is non-existent or very slight. Love your sense of humor!

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      Reply Kay Xander Mellish June 13, 2016 at 6:54 am

      Thanks, Marcy! Glad I could bring some humor into your life! 🙂

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    Reply Erling Lorentsen July 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    As a native Dane currently living in Greenland, I laughed myself to a belly ache more than once reading “How to live in Denmark” A sharp eyed foreign perspective mated with generous sprinkles of humour makes for a very high reading worthiness.
    I frequently communicate in English and would like to purchase “Top 35 mistakes..”. The snag however is that around these parts of the world, well stocked bookstores are ehm… a bit scarce (read: “non existent”).
    I bought “How to live in Denmark” on Amazon Kindle and would like to know please if “Top 35 mistakes…” will become available in this format as well.

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      Reply Kay Xander Mellish July 11, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, Erling! I’m so glad you enjoyed “How To Live in Denmark”. The eBook version of “Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English” will be available on Amazon in early August.

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