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Useful Danish Phrases for your trip

Useful Danish Phrases for your trip

To learn a few local phrases should be something that everyone does before traveling to a new country. Both for their own sake, but also to show respect and appreciation. If you are going to Denmark in the near future, you have found the right place to learn some useful Danish phrases for your upcoming trips.

To me, danish is easy since I’m grown up close to the Swedish/Danish border. But to others, it will probably be a bit difficult, at least if you don’t know Swedish or Norwegian, which are the two closest languages. However, don’t worry, I have put together a big list below with some of the most common danish words and phrases.

Danish greeting phrases

To be able to say hello in the local language will always bring a smile to the locals. It’s customary and highly appreciated anywhere in the world. Denmark is no exception and here are some of the most commons greeting phrases.

EnglishDanish
HelloHej
Good morningGod Morgen
Good dayGod eftermiddag
Good eveningGod Aften
ByeFarvel
WelcomeVelkommen

Useful words and danish phrases to memorize

EnglishDanish
YesJa
NoNej
How are you?Hvordan har du det?
GoodGod
BadDårlig
MuchMeget
MoreMere
What’s your name?Hvad hedder du?
SorryUndskyld
Excuse meUndskyld mig
Thank youTak
Thank you very muchMange tak
You’re welcomeVærsgod
PleaseVenligst
I don’t understandJeg forstår ikke
I don’t speak danish very wellJeg taler ikke så godt dansk
Do you speak english?Taler du engelsk?
Where can I find the toilet?undskyld mig, hvor er toilettet?

Danish phrases for the restaurant

When you are at a restaurant, it might be nice to be able to say a few Danish phrases and words. In addition to a happier attitude, the waiter and the staff will probably given even better service if you exert yourself.

EnglishDanish
Could I please see the menu? Kan jeg se menuen, venligst
Would you like something to eat?Vill du have noget at spise?
Would you like seomthing to drink?Vill du have noget at drikke?
Medium RareMedium stegt
Well-doneGennemstegt
Rarehalvstegt/Sjældne
What would you recommend?Hvad kan du anbefale?
Enjoy your mealVelbekomme!
Could you pass me the…?Kunne du være så venlig at give mig…?
How much is it?Hvor meget koster det?
Check, please.Kan jeg få en regning?
Can I pay with credit card? Godtager I kort?

Meals

EnglishDanish
BreakfastMorgenmad
LunchFrokost
DinnerAftensmad

Food and drinks

Chances are pretty high that you will be eating when you are in Denmark. Avoid the hassle of asking for an English menu by learning the following Danish phrases. Then you look at the Danish menu and easier understand what is being served.

EnglishDanish
ShrimpsRejer
MeatballsFrikadeller
HamSkinke
MeatKød
ChickenKylling
FishFisk
VegetablesGrøntsager
Ice creamIs
DessertDessert
SaltSalt
PepperPeber
White wineHvid vin
Red wineRød vin
BeerØl
CoffeeKaffe
SodaSoda
WaterVand
Water with gasDanskvand

Directions

If you are exploring on your own or if you are going somewhere, it can be helpful to know a few Danish phrases to ask for directions and to understand the answer.

EnglishDanish
HereHer
LeftVenstre
RightHøjre
Straight forwardLige ud
In the beginning ofBegyndelsen af
CloseNær
In the end ofVed afslutningen af
BehindBag
Excuse me, where can I find… ?Undskyld, hvor er …?

Danish numerals and how to count

To understand the Danish numerals are especially useful if you plan to go shopping. It also becomes easier to bargain at markets. The Danish counting system is slightly different from the English, but once you get the hang of it, it’s very simple.

To say twenty-five for example you say “fem og tyve”, which would translate to five and twenty in English.

EnglishDanish
OneEn
TwoTo
ThreeTre
FourFire
FiveFem
SixSeks
SevenSyv
EightOtte
NineNi
TenTi
TwentyTyve
ThirtyTredive
FortyFyrre
FiftyHalvtreds
SictyTres
SeventyHalvfjerds
EightyFirs
NinetyHalvfems
One hundredEt hundrede
ThousandTusinde

Now you’re ready to travel to Denmark! Will you might not be fluent in danish, you’ll know enough to get by. Most Danes are also speaking very good English, but it’s always nice to make an effort, and they will greatly appreciate it.

Danes are very proud and talkative, and to say something in Danish will be a great ice breaker as well.