Easiest Danish Phrases

Easiest Danish Phrases feature words similar to English that will enable you to understand what is meant. Use the spelling and/or sound of each word similar to English to help you figure out its meaning.

After single words in Danish spelled like English, a good next step is short phrases of several words similar to English. To keep it easiest, these are phrases but not sentences, as are in Phrase Books for Travel. Sentences have too many words to deal with when you are just beginning.

The foreign version is placed first to encourage you to look for and recognize foreign words similar to ones in English -- and deduce what the foreign words mean by yourself without being given the translation first.

From the key words similar to English you should be able to make out the meanings of the other Danish connecting words that are not similar to English. Use the words similar to English as clues to the meanings of the other Danish words. Try to just get the overall meaning of each phrase without trying to translate each unfamiliar Danish word. Many are like phrases in English that express ideas you have said or heard often before.

These phrases in Danish are followed by the English words that would be a good guess using as clues the Danish words similar to English. So as a result these are rough translations of the Danish phrases, which may not be the exact meanings, but will be close enough that you could deduce what is meant.

After the Danish and English versions of each phrase is the pronunciation of the Danish phrase.

The easiest way is to just read them. Or if you see some you might possibly use on your trip to Denmark, you can try to pronounce them, which is not easiest.

Consider each phrase as a puzzle you can probably solve. Have fun with the challenge of it. Try to guess what each Danish phrase means without looking at the rough English version. See how far down the list you can get.

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EASIEST DANISH PHRASES

DANISH – ENGLISH -- [SAY DANISH]

allergisk reaktion -- allergic reaction -- [a-LEHR-geesk reh-ahk-SHOAN]

campere her -- camp here -- [kahm-PEH-ah hehr]

fra England -- from England -- [frah EHNG-lan]

fra USA -- from the USA -- [frah oo-ehs-A]

gå på toilettet -- go to the toilet -- [gow paw toa-ee-LEH-derdh]

glas juice -- glass of juice -- [glas ‘juice’]

god morgen -- good morning -- [goadh-MOHN]

god restaurant -- good restaurant -- [goadh reh-stoa-RANG]

her for en konference -- here for a conference -- [hehr foh ehn kohn-fer-RAHNG-ser]

her for et seminar -- here for a seminar -- [hehr foh eht seh-mee-NAH]

hjælpe mig -- help me -- [YEHL-per mie]

hvor er -- where is -- [voar ehr]

indendørs pool -- indoors pool -- [IN-ern-durs ‘pool’]

information om en tur -- information on a tour -- [in-foh-ma-SHOAN ohm ehn ‘tour’]

kaffe med sukker -- coffee with sugar -- [KAH-fer mehdh SOA-gah]

kan vi -- can we -- [kan vee]

kommer fra England -- come from England -- [KOH-mah frah EHNG-lan]

kommer fra USA -- come from the USA -- [KOH-mah frah oo-ehs-A]

kop kaffe -- cup of coffee -- [kohp KAH-fer]

kop te -- cup of tea -- [kohp teh]

live musik -- live music -- [‘live’ moo-SEEK]

må vi -- may we -- [mow vee]

menukort på engelsk -- menu in English -- [meh-NEW-kawd paw EHNG-erlsk]

min e-mail-adresse -- my e-mail address -- [meen ‘e-mail’-a-drah-ser]

min telefon -- my phone -- [meen teh-ler-FOAN]

mit navn -- my name -- [meet nown]

mit nummer -- my number -- [meet NOA-mer]

næste stop -- next stop -- [NEES-der stohp]

næste tur -- next tour -- [NEHS-der ‘tour’]

per dag -- per day -- [pehr da]

per kilometer -- per kilometer -- [pehr KHEE-lu-meh-tuhr]

per nat -- per night -- [pehr nad]

reparere toilettet -- repair the toilet -- [reh-pah-REH-ah toa-ee-LEH-derdh]

sende en e-mail -- send an e-mail -- [SEHN-ner ehn ‘e-mail’]

sende en fax -- send a fax -- [SEHN-ner ehn fahks]

sende en pakke -- send a package -- [SEHN-nuh mie ehn PAH-ger]

sende en pakke ekspres -- send a package express -- [SEHN-nuh mie ehn PAH-ger ‘express’]

sidde der -- sit there -- [SI-dher dehr]

sidde her -- sit here -- [SI-dehr hehr]

stoppe her -- stop here -- [STOH-ber hehr]

studerer engelsk -- study English -- [stoo-DEH-ah EHNG-erlsk]

taxa til terminal -- taxi to the terminal -- [TAHK-sa til tehr-mee-NAHL]

te med mælk -- tea with milk -- [teh mehdh mehlk]

ture på engelsk -- tour in English -- [TOO-ah paw EHNG-erlsk]

udendørs pool -- outdoors pool -- [OO-dhern-durs ‘pool’]

vække mig -- wake me -- [VAY-gur mie]

varm chokolade -- hot chocolate -- [vahm shoa-koa-LA-dher]

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LINKED TOGETHER IN DANISH

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

This linking words together in Danish causes little problem for you when both parts are similar to English, but makes for some other very long unfamiliar words in Danish.

DANISH – ENGLISH -- [SAY DANISH]

æblejuice -- apple juice -- [AY-bler-‘juice’]

businesscentret -- business center -- [BIS-nis-sehn-tahdh]

busstationen -- bus station -- [BOOS-sta-shoa-nern]

butikcentret -- shopping center -- [boo-TEEKS-sen-trahdh]

campingplads -- camping place -- [KAHM-ping-plas]

faxnummer -- fax number -- [FAHKS-noa-mer]

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

handicaptoilet -- handicap toilet -- [HAN-dee-kahp-toa-ee-lehd]

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

køkkenfaciliteter -- cooking facilities -- [KUR-keh-fa-see-lee-teh-dah]

naturreservatet -- nature preserve -- [na-TOOR-reh-sah-va-derdh]

parkeringplads -- parking place -- [pah-KEH-rings-plas]

suvenirbutikken -- souvenir shop -- [‘souvenir’-boo-tee-kern]

telefonnummer -- telephone number -- [teh-ler-FOAN-noa-mer]

tomatjuice -- tomato juice -- [toa-MAT-‘juice’]

vaskemaskinen -- washing machine -- [VAS-ger-ma-skee-nern]

vinlisten -- wine list -- [VEEN-lis-tern]

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DIFFERENT ORDER

Some Danish phrases have words in a different order than they would be in English, but in spite of this you should be able to understand what the following phrases mean.

DANISH – ENGLISH -- [SAY DANISH]

klokken elleve -- eleven o’clock -- [KLOHG-gehrn EHL-ver]

klokken ni -- nine o’clock -- [KLOHG-gehrn nee]

klokken tolv -- twelve o’clock -- [KLOHG-gehrn tohlv]

opvarme dette -- warm that up -- [OHB-vah-mer DEH-duh]

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For a greater challenge, go to the web page Easiest Danish Sentences, where some of these same phrases appear in easy Danish sentences.


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