Danish Spelled Like English

In Danish some of the easiest words are Danish spelled like English.

The Danish words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really Danish words.

Some of the following Danish words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'computer' and 'internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French -- ['ballet'] or from other languages by both English and Danish.

In the following pronunciation guide, Danish words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: bacon -- [‘baby’].

The easiest introduction to Danish pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Danish words spelled like English. By hearing how the Danish pronunciation differs from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Danish pronunciation system.

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DANISH SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH

DANISH -- [SAY]

adapter -- [a-DAHB-dah]

ambulance -- [ahm-boo-LAHNG-ser]

aperitif -- [‘aperitif’]

april -- [a-PREEL]

arm -- [ahm]

august -- [ow-GOAST]

avocado -- [‘avocado’]

baby -- [‘baby’]

babysitter -- [‘baby’-si-dah]

bacon -- [BAY-kohn]

ballet -- [bah-LEHD]

bank -- [bahngk]

bar -- [bah]

beige -- [baysh]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

broccoli -- [‘broccoli’]

burger -- [BUR-gah]

bus -- [boos]

business class

café -- [‘café’]

camping -- [KAHM-payng]]

Canada -- [KAH-nah-dah]

cardigan -- [‘cardigan’]

CD -- [SAY-day]

CD (ROM) -- [SAY-day] -- [-rom]

centimeter -- [SEHN-tih-meh-tuhr]

check (banking) -- [shehg]

check-in -- [‘check’-IN]

chili -- [‘chili’]

chutney -- [TJOHT-nee]

cigar -- [si-GAH]

cognac -- [‘cognac’]

computer -- [‘computer’]

december -- [deh-SEHM-bah]

denim -- [‘denim’]

deodorant -- [deh-oa-doa-RAHNT]

dessert -- [day-SEHRD]

diesel -- [DI-serl]

digital -- [dih-gih-TAHL]

dollar (U.S.) -- [DOH-lah]

drink (cocktail) -- [‘drink’]

elevator -- [eh-ler-VA-toh]

e-mail -- [‘e-mail’]

England -- [EHNG-lahn]

Euro -- [ay-OO-roa]

fax -- [fahks]

film (movie) -- [‘film’]

filter -- [FIL-do]

finger -- [FAYNG-o]

for -- [‘for’]

garage -- [gah-RAA-ser]

gate (airport) -- [gayd]

gin -- [‘gin’]

give -- [GEE-ver]

gluten -- [GLOO-dern]

gram -- [grahm]

guide -- [‘guide’]

hammer -- [HAH-mo]

hånd -- [hon]

hård -- [ho]

hare -- [HAH-rer]

hat -- [‘hat’]

hors d’oeuvre -- [ohr DURV-rah]

hospital -- [hoass-bi-TAHL]

hotel -- [‘hotel’]

ibuprofen -- [ee-boo-proa-FEHN]

influenza -- [ayn-floo-EHN-sah]

information -- [in-foh-ma-SHOAN]

instant messenger -- [‘instant messenger’]

international -- [AYN-to-nah-syoa-nahl]

internet -- [IN-tah-neht]

jazz -- [djas]

juice -- [‘juice’]

kilo (-gram) -- [KEE-loa]

kilogram -- [KEE-loa-grahm]

kilometer -- [KEE-loa-meh-dah]

kosher -- [‘kosher’]

lime -- [‘lime’]

lighter -- [LIE-dah]

liter -- [LEE-dah]

lotion -- [‘lotion’]

manicure -- [ma-nee-KEW-ah]

massage -- [ma-SA-sher]

medium -- [MEH-dee-oam]

melon -- [meh-LOAN]

menu -- [may-NEW]

meter -- [MEH-dah]

milkshake -- [meelk-‘shake’]

million -- [meel-YOAN]

mine -- [MEE-ner]

monument -- [moa-noo-MEHND]

motel -- [‘motel’]

motor -- [MOA-to]

musical -- [‘musical’]

nerve -- [NAR-ver]

normal -- [no-MAHL]

november -- [noa-VEHM-bah]

omelet -- [oa-mer-LEHT]

opera -- [OA-peh-rah]

operation -- [oa-peh-rah-SYOAN]

orange (color) -- [oa-RANG-sher]

oregano -- [oh-reh-GA-noa]

oval -- [oa-VAHL]

over -- [OW-ah]

paprika -- [‘paprika’]

park (n.) -- [pahg]

pasta -- [pa-sta]

patient -- [pah-SYEHND]

pc (computer) -- [peh-SEH]

pedicure -- [peh-dee-KEW-ah]

pen -- [‘pen’]

penicillin -- [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

per -- [pehr]

per kilometer -- [pehr kee-loa-MEH-dah]

per person -- [pehr per-SOAN]

person -- [per-SOAN]

pilsner -- [PILS-nah]

pizza -- [‘pizza’]

pizzeria -- [‘pizzeria’]

planetarium -- [plah-ner-TAH-yom]

plastic -- [PLAHS-dig]

portion -- [po-SYOAN]

post (office) -- [‘post’]

program (of events) -- [proa-GRAHM]

radio -- [RAH-dyoa]

reception -- [re-sehb-SYOAN]

religion -- [re-li-gi-OAN]

reservation -- [reh-sah-va-SHOAN]

rest -- [resd]

restaurant -- [reh-stoa-RANG]

rice -- [rees]

ring (jewelry) -- [‘ring’]

rosé -- [‘rosé’]

salt -- [‘salt’]

sand -- [sahn]

sandal -- [sahn-DAHL]

satin -- [‘satin’]

sauna -- [SOW-na]

scooter -- [‘scooter’]

seminar -- [seh-mee-NAH]

september -- [sehp-TEHM-bah]

service -- [SUR-vees]

shampoo -- [SHAHM-poa]

shorts -- [shohts]

show (n.) -- [‘show’]

side -- [SEE-duh]

sightseeing -- [‘sightseeing’]

souvenir -- [‘souvenir’]

spa -- [‘spa’]

specialist -- [spay-syah-LISD]

sport -- [spoht]

stadium -- [STAH-dyom]

stop (v.) -- [stohb]

sweater -- [SVEH-dah]

sweatshirt -- [‘sweatshirt’]

symbol -- [sewm-BOAL]

system -- [soos-DAYM]

tampon -- [tahm-POANG]

tank -- [tahnk]

terminal -- [tehr-mee-NAL]

toilet -- [toa-ee-LEHD]

T-shirt -- [TEE-shurd]

tube -- [TOO-ber]

under -- [OA-nah]

USA

vermouth -- [VEHR-moot]

violet (purple) -- [vee-oa-LEHT]

vodka -- [VOHD-kah]

weekend -- [VEE-gehnd]

whisky -- [‘whisky’]

windsurfer (board) -- [WIN-sur-fer]

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In some cases one Danish word is spelled like two separate English words:

DANISH -- -- [SAY]

busstation -- [boos-stah-syoan]

businesscenter -- [‘business center’]

internetcafé, internet café -- [IN-tah-neht-ka-feh]

jetski -- [‘jet-ski’]

snackbar -- [‘snack-bar’]

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


For a greater challenge, see Danish Spelled Somewhat Like English for words similar to English, but spelled differently.


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