Time in Danish

How to tell the time in Danish, a North Germanic language spoken mainly in Denmark.

General time words and expressions | Telling the time | Days of the week | Months of the year | Seasons


General time words

English Danish (dansk)
klokken, kl. o'clock
tid time
en time an hour
et minut a minute
et sekund a second
en dag a day
en uge a week
en måned a month
nu now
snart soon
for nylig recently
om lidt in a little while
for lidt tid siden a little while ago
klokken er mange it's late
klokken lort unreasonably early or late, stupid o'clock
tiden løber time flies
tiden er gået time's up

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Telling the time

English Danish (dansk)
What time is it? Hvad er klokken?
Undskyld, ved du, hvad klokken er?
It's one o'clock Klokken er ett
It's quarter past one Klokken er kvart over ett
It's half past one Klokken er halv to
It's quarter to two Klokken er kvart i to
It's two o'clock Klokken er to
It's quarter past two Klokken er kvart over to
It's half past two Klokken er halv tre
It's quarter to three Klokken er kvart i tre
It's three o'clock Klokken er tre
It's quarter past three Klokken er kvart over tre
It's half past three Klokken er halv fire
It's quarter to four Klokken er kvart i fire
It's four o'clock Klokken er fire
It's quarter past four Klokken er kvart over fire
It's half past four Klokken er halv fem
It's quarter to five Klokken er kvart i fem
It's five o'clock Klokken er fem
It's quarter past five Klokken er kvart over fem
It's half past five Klokken er halv seks
It's quarter to six Klokken er kvart i seks
It's six o'clock Klokken er seks
It's quarter past six Klokken er kvart over seks
It's half past six Klokken er halv syv
It's quarter to seven Klokken er kvart i syv
It's seven o'clock Klokken er syv
It's quarter past seven Klokken er kvart over syv
It's half past seven Klokken er halv otte
It's quarter to eight Klokken er kvart i otte
It's eight o'clock Klokken er otte
It's quarter past eight Klokken er kvart over otte
It's half past eight Klokken er halv ni
It's quarter to nine Klokken er kvart i ni
It's nine o'clock Klokken er ni
It's quarter past nine Klokken er kvart over ni
It's half past nine Klokken er halv ti
It's quarter to ten Klokken er kvart i ti
It's ten o'clock Klokken er ti
It's quarter past ten Klokken er kvart over ti
It's half past ten Klokken er halv elleve
It's quarter to eleven Klokken er kvart i elleve
It's eleven o'clock Klokken er elleve
It's quarter past eleven Klokken er kvart over elleve
It's half past eleven Klokken er halv tolv
It's quarter to twelve Klokken er kvart i tolv
It's twelve o'clock Klokken er tolv
It's quarter past twelve Klokken er kvart over tolv
It's half past twelve Klokken er halv tretten
It's quarter to one Klokken er kvart i tretten
it's midnight Det er midnat
it's midday Det er middag
in the early morning (before 9am) om morgenen
in the morning (9am to 12 pm) om formiddagen
in the afternoon (12-6pm) om eftermiddagen
in the evening (6pm - 12am) om aftenen
at night (from midnight) om natten

Notes

  • You can also say "Den er (ett)" (It's (one) o'clock).
  • When talking about times between 21 and 39 minutes past the hour, you say it is so many mintues to or past the half hour. For example: 10:25 = Klokken er fem minutter i halv elleve, and 10:35 = Klokken er fem minutter over halv elleve.

Hear some of these expressions:

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Days of the week

Monday mandag
Tuesday tirsdag
Wednesday onsdag
Thursday torsdag
Friday fredag
Saturday lørdag
Sunday søndag

Hear days of the week in Danish:

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Months of the year

January januar
February februar
March marts
April april
May maj
June juni
July juli
August augus
September september
October oktober
November november
December december

Hear months in Danish:

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Seasons

Spring forår
Summer sommer
Autumn/Fall efterår
Winter vinter

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Links

How to tell the time in Danish
https://www.kbh-sprogcenter.dk/en/blog/how-tell-time-in-danish/
https://www.kbh-sprogcenter.dk/en/blog/time-danish/
https://www.danishclass101.com/blog/2020/07/31/telling-time-in-danish/

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