The Danish Language.

The Danish language is said to be one of the hardest languages to learn. However I don't think that this is true, but a Dane is probably not the right person to answer that question.

It is a good idea to learn a couple of Danish words if you are going to Denmark on a holiday or moving to Denmark.

The Danish language is quite similar to the Swedish and Norwegian language, and is also influenced by other languages such as German, English and French.

Especially over the last 15-20 years a lot of English words are being used in Denmark. In Copenhagen it is very common to hear conversations in English in shops and on the street.


The Danish Dialect.


Denmark is only a little country, but there is a lot of difference in the dialect from one part of the country to another. 
Even Danes can find it hard to understand dialects , especially in areas like part of the Southern Jutland peninsula or the North Western part of the peninsula and the island of Bornholm, mainly if you hear two locals having a conversation.




Foreign Language in Denmark.


Most people in Denmark master the English Language, a lot of them to perfection and a lot of people speak German as well, especially in the southern part of Jutland.


The Danish Alphabet.


In the Danish alphabet you will find 28 letters: the extra 3 letters being æ, ø and å, or as capital: Æ, Ø and Å. 
You have properly noticed the letters æ, ø and å on a few pages on this website, instead of these letters you can use ae instead of the æ, o instead of the ø and aa instead of the å.





Common courtesy in Denmark.


If you walk in on somebody eating a meal in a Danish home or a canteen at work people say "Velbekom", It means enjoy your meal. After a meal if somebody else is paying or someone else have prepared the meal it is common courtesy to say "Tak for mad" Thanks for the meal after the dinner or lunch.



Danish-English dictionary.

Find the right translations in the Danish-English dictionary by entering a word in the search field.

You can enter both Danish and English words for 


Useful words and phrases in Danish.



Conversation Phrases
English
Danish
Hello, Hi
Goddag/Hej/ Møjn (S. Jutland)
Goodbye.
Farvel/ Hej/ Møjn (S. Jutland)
How are you?
Hvordan går det?
Thank you
Tak skal du have
Have you got the time?
Ved du hvad klokken er?
Yes
Ja
No
Nej
I am.. / My name is...
Jeg er.. / Mit navn er...
What is your name?
Hvad hedder du?
Where can I find...?
Hvor kan jeg finde...?
Sorry, I don't know!
Det ved jeg desvære ikke!
Can you please help me?
Vil du være venlig at hjælpe mig?


Conversation Phrases
English
Danish
Hello, Hi
Goddag/Hej/ Møjn (S. Jutland)
Goodbye.
Farvel/ Hej/ Møjn (S. Jutland)
How are you?
Hvordan går det?
Thank you
Tak skal du have
Have you got the time?
Ved du hvad klokken er?
Yes
Ja
No
Nej
I am.. / My name is...
Jeg er.. / Mit navn er...
What is your name?
Hvad hedder du?
Where can I find...?
Hvor kan jeg finde...?
Sorry, I don't know!
Det ved jeg desvære ikke!
Can you please help me?
Vil du være venlig at hjælpe mig?





Danish language translation / Food Shopping
English
Danish
Baker / Hot bread shop
Bager / Bageri
Butcher.
Slagter.
Corner shop / Milkbar
Døgner / Nærbutik
Shoppingcentre
Butikscenter / Storcenter
Food
Madvarer / Fødevarer.
Sliced
Skiver / Skiveskåret
Milk
Mælk
Cream
Fløde
Butter
Smør
Cheese
Ost
Egg
Æg
Sour Cream
Creme Fraiche
Ice Cream
Is
Whipped cream
Flødeskum
Meat
Kød
Minced Meat
Hakket kød
Pork
Grise kød
Pork mince
Hakket svinekød
Pork roast
Flæskesteg
Beef
Oksekød
Minced Beef
Hakket Oksekød
Sirloin
Mørbrad
Roast
Steg
Pot Roast
Gryde Steg
Sausage
Pølser
Lamb
Lammekød
Chicken
Kylling
Poultry
Fjerkræ
Duck
And
Goose
Gås
Turkey
Kalkun


Danish language translation / Food Shopping
English
Danish
Baker / Hot bread shop
Bager / Bageri
Butcher.
Slagter.
Corner shop / Milkbar
Døgner / Nærbutik
Shoppingcentre
Butikscenter / Storcenter
Food
Madvarer / Fødevarer.
Sliced
Skiver / Skiveskåret
Milk
Mælk
Cream
Fløde
Butter
Smør
Cheese
Ost
Egg
Æg
Sour Cream
Creme Fraiche
Ice Cream
Is
Whipped cream
Flødeskum
Meat
Kød
Minced Meat
Hakket kød
Pork
Grise kød
Pork mince
Hakket svinekød
Pork roast
Flæskesteg
Beef
Oksekød
Minced Beef
Hakket Oksekød
Sirloin
Mørbrad
Roast
Steg
Pot Roast
Gryde Steg
Sausage
Pølser
Lamb
Lammekød
Chicken
Kylling
Poultry
Fjerkræ
Duck
And
Goose
Gås
Turkey
Kalkun



Danish language translation / Fruit & Vegetables
English
Danish
Fruit
Frugt
Apple
Æble
Pear
Pære
Lemon
Citron
Banana
Banan
Orange
Appelsin
Strawberry
Jordbær
Rasberry
Hindbær
Watermelon
Vandmelon
Vegetables
Grøntsager
Carrot
Gulerod
Cabbage
Kål
Cucumber
Agurk
Green Capsicum
Grøn Peber
Tomato
Tomat
Onion
Løg
Lettuce
Salat Hoved
Parsley
Persille
Celery
Selleri
Potato
Kartoffel
Chives
Purløg



Danish language translation / Fruit & Vegetables
English
Danish
Fruit
Frugt
Apple
Æble
Pear
Pære
Lemon
Citron
Banana
Banan
Orange
Appelsin
Strawberry
Jordbær
Rasberry
Hindbær
Watermelon
Vandmelon
Vegetables
Grøntsager
Carrot
Gulerod
Cabbage
Kål
Cucumber
Agurk
Green Capsicum
Grøn Peber
Tomato
Tomat
Onion
Løg
Lettuce
Salat Hoved
Parsley
Persille
Celery
Selleri
Potato
Kartoffel
Chives
Purløg

Bakery in Gudhjem, Bornholm, Denmark.

Bakery in Gudhjem on the island of Bornholm.


Danish language translation / Bread, Pastry & Cakes.
English
Danish
Bread
Brød
White Bread
Fransbrød
Vienna
Rundt Fransbrød
Hi Tin
Firkantet Fransbrød
Sandwich Bread
Sandwich Brød
Sliced Bread
Skiveskåret Brød
Wholemeal/Brown Bread
Grahams Brød
Rye Bread
Rugbrød
Rye Bread W/Grain
Fuldkorns Brød
Bread Rolls
Rundstykker
Danish Pastry
Wienerbrød
Slices
Snitter
Cake
Kage
Cream Cake
Flødekage
Swiss Roll
Roulade
Sponge cake/Layer cake
Lagkage
Sweet Bun
Bolle
Fruit bun
Rosinbolle
Small cakes
Tørkager

Danish language translation / Bread, Pastry & Cakes.
English
Danish
Bread
Brød
White Bread
Fransbrød
Vienna
Rundt Fransbrød
Hi Tin
Firkantet Fransbrød
Sandwich Bread
Sandwich Brød
Sliced Bread
Skiveskåret Brød
Wholemeal/Brown Bread
Grahams Brød
Rye Bread
Rugbrød
Rye Bread W/Grain
Fuldkorns Brød
Bread Rolls
Rundstykker
Danish Pastry
Wienerbrød
Slices
Snitter
Cake
Kage
Cream Cake
Flødekage
Swiss Roll
Roulade
Sponge cake/Layer cake
Lagkage
Sweet Bun
Bolle
Fruit bun
Rosinbolle
Small cakes
Tørkager

For useful non food Danish Phrases and Words used when traveling in Denmark go to Danish Phrases and Words.



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