Danish Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently

Danish words pronounced like English but spelled differently are pronunciations that you already know from English that apply to Danish.

This is the Easiest Danish Pronunciation even though the word is spelled differently in Danish than in English.

Some parts of these Danish words pronounced like English are spelled the same way as in English.

Other parts of these Danish words pronounced English like are spelled in the Danish way rather than the English way. For example, in place of the letter –c– used in English, Danish often uses the letter –k–: classic -- klassik -- [‘classic’]. And in place of the letter –y– used at the end of some words in English, Danish often uses the letter –i–: battery -- batteri -- [‘battery’].

Some Danish words are pronounced like English, and in the following pronunciation guide the Danish words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: tur -- [‘tour’].

To keep Danish pronunciation easiest, Danish words are shown to have a similar pronunciation to English if the stress is on the same syllable, and the letters are pronounced enough alike that Danish people will probably understand what you mean if you pronounce those words as you do in English. You may merely sound like you have a ‘English accent’ in Danish.

Later you can listen to how Danish people pronounce them, and try to mimic any small differences in pronunciation to make them sound more authentically Danish.

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Danish Pronounced Like English But Spelled Differently:

ENGLISH -- DANISH -- [SAY]

acupuncture -- akupunktur -- [‘acupuncture’]

allergic -- allergisk -- [‘allergic’]

an -- en -- [‘an’]

antique -- antik -- [‘antique’]

antiseptic -- antiseptisk -- [‘antiseptic’]

aromatherapy -- aromaterapi -- [‘aromatherapy’]

asthma -- astma -- [‘asthma’]

automatic -- automatic -- [‘automatic’]

battery -- batteri -- [‘battery’]

blue -- blu -- [‘blue’]

boutique -- butik -- [‘boutique’]

camera -- kamera -- [‘camera’]

can (v) -- kan -- [‘can’]

capers -- kapers -- [‘capers’]

carton -- karton -- [‘carton’]

casino -- kasino -- [‘casino’]

caviar -- kaviar -- [‘caviar’]

celery -- selleri -- [‘celery’]

classic -- klassik -- [‘classic’]

come -- kom -- [‘come’]

concert -- koncert -- [‘concert’]

contact (lens) -- kontakt -- [‘contact’]

copy -- kopi -- [‘copy’]

crabs -- krebs -- [‘crabs’]

curry -- karry -- [‘curry’]

crystal -- krystal -- [‘crystal’]

digital -- digitalt -- [‘digital’]

dill -- dild -- [‘dill’]

discotheque -- diskotek -- [‘discotheque’]

egg -- aeg -- [‘egg’]

express -- ekspres -- [‘express’]

glass -- glas -- [‘glass’]

good -- god -- [‘good’]

grapefruit -- grapefrugt -- [‘grapefruit’]

heterosexual -- heteroseksuel -- [‘heterosexual’]

Hi! -- Hej! -- [‘hi’]

homosexual -- homoseksuel -- [‘homosexual’]

in -- ind -- [‘in’]

insect -- insekt -- [‘insect’]

lamb -- lam -- [‘lamb’]

liqueur -- likør -- [‘liqueur’]

local -- lokal -- [‘local’]

machine -- maskin -- [‘machine’]

mackerel -- makrel -- [‘mackerel’]

medicine -- medicin -- [‘medicine’]

milk -- maelk -- [‘milk’]

motorboat -- motorbåd -- [‘motorboat’]

music -- musik -- [‘music’]

nectarine -- nektarin -- [‘nectarine’]

night -- natt -- [‘night’]

nightclub -- nattclub -- [‘nightclub’]

of -- af -- [‘of’]

petite -- petit -- [‘petite’]

photocopy -- fotokopi -- [‘photocopy’]

pumpernickel -- pumpernikkel -- [‘pumpernickel’]

reaction -- reaktion -- [‘reaction’]

romantic -- romantisk -- [‘romantic’]

rowboat -- robåd -- [‘rowboat’]

saffron -- safran -- [‘saffron’]

salad -- salat -- [‘salad’]

schnapps -- snaps -- [‘schnapps’]

sister -- søster -- [‘sister’]

stop -- stopp -- [‘stop’]

supermarket -- supermarkedet -- [‘supermarket’]

text -- tekst -- [‘text’]

tomatoes -- tomater -- [‘tomatoes’]

tour -- tur -- [‘tour’]

until -- indtil -- [‘until’]

vanilla -- vanilje -- [‘vanilla’]

yeah -- ja -- [‘yeah’]

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LINKED TOGETHER IN DANISH

In some cases an English phrase is similar to single word in Danish -- with a Danish word equal to an English phrase.

DANISH -- ENGLISH -- [SAY]

business center -- businesscentret -- [‘business center’]

credit card -- kreditkort -- [‘credit card’]

grapefruit juice -- grapefrugtjuice -- [‘grapefruit juice’]

telephone number -- telefonnummer -- [‘telephone number’]

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