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Speak Danish Instantly

Updated on March 31, 2016

Danish

Dansk

Being able to communicate with someone in their own language is an extremely satisfying and invigorating thing to do. To some it can be become a lifetime obsession. Danish is not the easiest language to speak due to their subtle pronunciation, which you will see as you hear a native speaker pronounce each phrase.

Danish is a member of the Indo-European family, a North Germanic language. About six million people speak it, mainly in Denmark, where along with the Faroe Islands it is the official language. It is also spoken in parts of Germany and Greenland. This article is not teaching you the entire language, but to help Speak Danish Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. This will, probably, be the first word you speak to everybody. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:

Hej

Try this English word: by.

Danish phrase : Hej.

What it means : Hello.

English words : by.

Pronounced : hi.

What a great start! We can now say hello to a Danish person and they will understand us. Don't get too excited though. The rest of the phrases won't be quite so extremely simple.

To hear the phrase skip to 0:30.

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Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination, in the airport or at the railway station. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now let's find out where the toilets are.

Hvor er toilettet?

Try these English words: for-care-do-a-medal.

Danish phrase : Hvor er toilettet?

What it means : Where are the toilets?

English words : for-care-do-a-medal.

Pronounced : vor-air-two-a-leddle.

To hear the phrase spoken by a native, go to the exercise 6 video and skip to 1:05.


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Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.

Tak

This phrase is just one word and is pronounced just as it is written. Say the English word: back.

Danish phrase : Tak

What it means : Thank you.

English words : back.

Pronounced : tack.

To hear this simple word, skip to 1:58 on the exercise 6 video. I do recommend listening to the videos in their entirety, to get a feel for how the language sounds. Even better, if you know a Danish person, practise these phrases on them.

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market. It is so much more polite than shouting "Beep Beep".

Undskyld


Danish phrase : Undskyld.

What it means : Excuse me.

English words : pun-stool.

Pronounced : un-skool.

On the exercise 6 video, skip to 0:53.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

Hvad koster den?

Hvad is not as easy to pronounce as it looks. The "H" is silent; the "a" is pronounced as eh; the "d" is pronounced as "th" as a it is in "the". So it sounds like Vehth. It will be clear when we hear the native speaker. Although we will be skipping to the relevant parts of the videos, in the case of Danish, I strongly recommend we listen to the language as much as we can.

Danish phrase : Hvad koster den?

What it means : How Much is it?

English words : bed-roster-ten.

Pronounced : vehth-coster-den.

Go to the exercise 6 video and skip to 1:16.

An Example Of Danish Script

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:

Jeg vil gerne

Danish phrase : Jeg vil gerne

What it means : I would like

English words : high-bill-learner.

Pronounced : yigh-vill-gearner.

On the video skip to 0:40, to hear this phrase. When listening to the native speaker, if you have a better English word to illustrate the pronunciation, then use your word.

Thanks To Geobeats For This Excellent Video

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.

En kop...Et glas...Kaffe...Te...Øl...Mælk...Vin...Vand

Danish phrase : En kop kaffe...En kop te

What it means : A cup of coffee...A cup of tea.

English words : ben-top-gaffer...ben-top-bee.

Pronounced : en-kop-kaffer...en-kop-tee.


Danish phrase : Et glas øl...mælk...vin...vand

What it means : A glass of beer...milk...wine...water.

English words : set-bless-pearl...sailk...mitt'n...ten.

Pronounced : et-gless-earl...mailk...vitt'n...venn.



Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

En...To...Tre...Fire...Fem

Danish phrase : En...To...Tre...Fire...Fem.

What it means : One...Two...Three...Four...Five.

English words : bin-no-prey-beer-limb.

Pronounced : in-toe-tray-fear-fim.

Thanks Dalsgaard12 For This Count To 30

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately, in Denmark they tend to charge you money for keeping you refreshed, when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

Kan jeg få regningen

Try these English words:bar-my-law--buy-sing-n. The "n" at the end is not pronounced as "enn", but just pronounce the letter "nnn".


Danish phrase : Kan jeg få regningen.

What it means : The bill, please.

English words : bar-my-law--buy-sing-n.

Pronounced : kah-yigh-faw--rye-ning-n.


On the video skip to 1:13.

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Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?

Farvel

This is pronounced as it is written.

Danish phrase : Farvel

What it means : Goodbye.

English words : bar-bell.

Pronounced : far-vell.

On the exercise 6 video, skip to 1:50.

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Until Next Time

Unfortunately, we've reached the end of our vacation in Denmark. So, with a heavy heart we must leave. Until next time. Farvel. See! You're speaking it already.

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