The world has numerous languages and not all people in every country know how to speak the universal language which is English. In some countries, there are locals who just don’t have the capacity to speak English that oftentimes, travelers asking them questions and for directions are at a lost. This is the reason why travelers need to learn a bit of the local dialect of the place they’re visiting if only to be able to get around without much fuss.
If you’re heading towards Denmark, it may be to your advantage to know at least the very basic greetings and phrases. The Danish language is unique but it’s easy to learn the words as long as you keep practicing them.
To acknowledge people in Denmark, you only need to say Goddag which means hello or farvel for goodbye. Yes in Danish is Ja and No is Nej. To thank somebody, just say Tak and if you’d like to excuse yourself, say Undskyld. To greet a person during specific times of day, good morning is God morgen, good afternoon is God aften and good night is God nat.
To introduce yourself, use Jeg hedder (My name is…). To ask another person’s name, say Hvad hedder du?
Now as you go around any place in Denmark, you should know how to ask for directions. When asking for the location of a certain place such as a bank, for example, just say Jeg leder efter en bank. Some basic places in Danish include mit hotel (my hotel), markedet (market), museet (museum), postkontoret (post office), ambassade (embassy), domkirke (cathedral) and kirke (church).
For sure, you will also be buying something during your visit in Denmark especially if you’re in the capital of Copenhagen where numerous shops are in place. If you want to ask about the price, say Hvor meget koster which means how much is it?
- See more useful Danish phrases.