Visiting Denmark for business or pleasure? Impress the locals with some top-notch Danish phrases.
br /> Danish is a North Germanic language, on the same branch of the Indo-European family tree as Icelandic, Faroese, Norwegian, and Swedish. It has approximately 5,292,000 speakers. Danish is the official language of Denmark. It's also the second official spoken language of the Faroe Islands (with Faroese) and Greenland (with Greenlandic) and is officially recognised in the bordering area of South Schleswig in Germany. It is one of the official languages of the European Union.
A: as in 'father'
E: a short, flat 'e' as in 'met'
E(g): as the 'i' in 'high'
I: a short, flat 'e' as in 'met'; as the 'i' in 'marine'
O: a short 'o' as in 'pot'; as the 'a' in 'walk'; as the 'oo' in 'zoo'
O(r): as in 'or' but with little emphasis on the 'r'
O(v): as the 'ow' in 'vow', but shorter
U: as in 'pull'; as the 'oo in 'zoo'
U(n): as the 'a' in 'walk'
Y: a long, sharp 'u' ? purse your lips and say 'ee'
? as the 'e' in 'bet'; as the 'a' in 'act'
? as the 'er' in 'fern', but shorter
z as the 'a' in 'walk'
B: as in 'box'
C: as in 'cell'
Ch: as in 'cheque', but sharper
(o)d: as the 'th' in 'these'
g: before vowels, a hard 'g' as in 'get'
h: as in 'horse'
j: as the 'y' in 'yet'
k: as in 'kit'
ng: as in 'sing'
r: a rolling 'r' abruptly cut short
sj: as the 'sh in 'ship
w: as the 'v' in 'Volkswagen'
Hello: Goddag/Hej (pol/inf)
Thank you: Tak
Excuse me: Undskyld
May I/Do you mind?: Ma jeg/Tillader De?
What's your name?: Hvad hedder du?
My name is ...: Jeg hedder ...
Where are you from?: Hvorfra kommer du?
I'm from ...: Jeg kommer fra ...
How old are you?: Hvor gammel er du?
Police Station: Politistation
I'm looking for ...: Jeg leder efter ...
A bank: en bank
The city centre: centrum
The ... embassy: den ... ambassade
My hotel: mit hotel
The market: markedet
The museum: museet
The police: politiet
The post office: postkontoret
A public toilet: et offentligt toilet
The telephone centre: telefoncentralen
The tourist office: turist-informationen
Main square: hovedtorv/torvet
Old city: den gamle bydel
How much is it?: Hvor meget koster
Camera shop: fotohandel
News agency: aviskiosk
Times & Dates
What time is it?: Hvad er klokken?
It's ? o'clock.: Klokken er ?
Today: i dag
Tomorrow: i morgen
Day after tomorrow: i overmorgen
In the morning: om morgenen
In the afternoon: om eftermiddagen
In the evening: om aftenen
Food & Drink
Daily special: dagens ret
Orange juice: appelsinjuice
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