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Useful Danish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Danish, a North Germanic language spoken mainly in Denmark, with recordings for most of them.

To see these phrases in many other languages click on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.

English dansk (Danish)
Welcome Velkommen
(General greeting)
Hello (on phone) Hallo
How are you? Hvordan har du det? (inf)
Hvordan har De det? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Fint, tak. Hvad med dig?
What's your name? Hvad hedder du?
My name is ... Jeg hedder ...
Where are you from? Hvor er du fra?
Hvor kommer du fra?
I'm from ... Jeg er fra ...
Jeg kommer fra ...
Pleased to meet you Rart at møde dig
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
God morgen
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
God eftermiddag
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
God aften
Good night God nat
(Parting phrases)
Farvel (frm)
Hej hej (inf)
Good luck Held og lykke!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Bunden i vejret eller resten i håret!
(bottoms up or the rest in your hair)
- only used with friends when very drunk
Have a nice day Hav en god dag
Fortsat god dag (Enjoy the rest of your day)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
God rejse!
I understand Jeg forstår
I don't understand Det forstår jeg ikke
Yes Ja
No Nej
Maybe Måske
I don't know Jeg ved ikke
Please speak more slowly Vil du tale lidt langsommere?
Vil de være venlig at tale langsommere
Please say that again Kan du sige det igen?
Kan de sige det igen?
Please write it down Kan du skrive det ned, tak?
Do you speak English? Taler du engelsk?
Do you speak Danish? Taler du dansk? (inf)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja, en smule
Ja, lidt
Speak to me in Danish Du kan snakke dansk med mig (inf)
Du kan tale dansk med mig (inf)
I kan snakke dansk med mig (frm)
I kan tale dansk med mig (frm)
How do you say ... in Danish? Hvordan siger du ... på dansk?
Excuse me Undskyld mig!
How much is this? Hvad koster det?
Hvor meget koster det?
Sorry Undskyld!
Please Vær så venlig
Thank you Tak
Mange tak
Tusind tak (thousand thanks)
Tak for ... (thanks for ...)
Reply to thank you Det var så lidt
Ingen årsag
Where's the toilet? Hvor er toilettet?
This gentleman will pay for everything Denne herre betaler for alt
This lady will pay for everything Denne dame betaler for alt
Would you like to dance with me? Vil du danse med mig?
I miss you Jeg savner dig
I love you Jeg elsker dig
Get well soon God bedring
Go away! Gå væk!
Leave me alone! Lad mig være i fred!
Call the police! Ring efter politiet!
Christmas and New Year greetings Glædelig jul og godt nytår
Easter greetings God påske
Birthday greetings Tillykke med fødselsdagen
One language is never enough Ét sprog er aldrig nok
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mit luftpudefartøj er fyldt med ål
Min luftpudebåd er fyldt med ål

Recordings of Danish phrases provided by: Voice Crafters
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