Useful Danish Phrases

English is commonly spoken in Denmark – after all, it is a country whose population has a 99% literacy rate. However it always helps to know a few words and phrases when travelling to another country. Speaking the native language can help you gain more friends or ease your business negotiations, and can also come handy when you’re lost and need to translate some of the Danish street signs.
Here are a few common words and phrases which you can use in your daily conversations while in Denmark. Danish is a North Germanic language and there are differences in pronunciation from the English language. The pronunciation is provided in parentheses.
Goddag – Good Day (Go-day)
Hej/Hallo – Hello (Hi)
Farvel – Goodbye (Fah-vel)
Tak – Thank You (Tack)
Selv tak – You’re welcome (Sell tack)
Undskyld – Excuse me (Un-school)
Beklager – Sorry (Bi-clay-er)
Ja – Yes (Ya)
Nej – No (Ney)
Indgang – Entrance (In-gang)
Udgang – Exit (Ool-gang)
Aben – Open (Oben)
Lukket – Closed (Lou-ket)
Herrer Toilet – Men’s Toilet (Hair-ah Toy-let)
Damer Toilet – Women’s Toilet (Day-mah Toy-let)
Politi – Police (Po-lee-tee)
Hospitalet – Hospital (Haws-pee-tai-let)
Posthus – Post Office (Post-who)
Centrum – City Center (Cen-trum)
Taler du engelsk? – Do you speak English? (Tai-ler do eng-gelsk?)
Hvad hedder du? – What’s your name? (Ved hell-er do?)
Mit navn er – My name is… (Meet now-n air…)
Hvad er klokken? – What time is it? (Ved air claw-gen?)
Hvor er…? – Where is…? (Vor air..)
Hvor kommer du fra? – Where are you from? (Vor kom-ah do fra?)
Hvor meget koster det? – How much is it? (Vor my-et kaw-sta day?)

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