Easiest Danish Pronunciation Guide

Easiest Danish Pronunciation Guide: The easiest introduction to Danish pronunciation is to pronounce the Danish words spelled like English but pronounced somewhat differently than English.

This is the Easiest Danish Pronunciation for two reasons:

First, some parts of these Danish words spelled like English are pronounced the same way as in English. This reveals that you already know how to pronounce some parts of these Easiest Danish words, which should give you confidence.

Second, by pronouncing the other parts of the Danish words that are different from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Danish pronunciation system.

After Danish words spelled like English and also pronounced like English, the next easiest Danish pronunciations are Danish words spelled like English but pronounced somewhat differently than English, as listed below.

Danish Pronunciation Differs From English In Various Ways:

The words below followed by their Danish pronunciations should help you realize that they really are foreign words even though they are spelled exactly like English.

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EASIEST DANISH PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

Pronunciation of Letters

In Danish half of the letters are generally pronounced the same as in English – specifically the following consonants:

B, C, D, F, H, L, M, N, P, Q, T, V, X

Other Danish Letters Are Pronounced Differently Than English.

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Letter –A– is Pronounced “AH” in Danish:

So the Danish Letter –A– is Pronounced “AH” as in British English.

[If you are American and pronounce the letter –A– in the following words as you usually do, you will probably still be understood by Danish people.]

DANISH [SAY]

bank [bahngk]

tank [tahngk]

glass [glahs]

gram [grahm]

jazz [yahs]

april [ahp-REEL]

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

adapter [ah-DAHP-tuhr]

basketball [BAHS-kuht-bahl]

champagne [shahm-PAHN-yuh]

marmalade [mahr-muh-LAH-duh]

deodorant [deh-u-du-RAHNT]

kilogram [KHEE-lu-grahm]

Japan [YAA-pahn]

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Danish Words Pronounced Somewhat Like English, But With Stress On A Different Syllable In Danish:

With Stress On The Final Syllable In Danish:

DANISH [SAY]

april [ahp-REEL]

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

august [ev-GEWST]

baby [beh-BIH]

deodorant [deh-u-du-RAHNT]

digital [dih-gih-TAHL]

ibuprofen [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

melon [meh-LOON]

million [mihl-YOON

moped [mu-PEHD]

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

problem [pru-BLEHM]

restaurant [rehs-tew-RAHNG]

ruin [rew-EEN]

seminar [seh-mih-NAHR]

student [stew-DEHNT]

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Pronounced Almost Like English But With Last Letter –E– Pronounced As Added Syllable In Danish

With the Final –E- Pronounced “UH”

DANISH [SAY]

side [SEE-duh]

like (v.) [LEE-kuhr]

salve [SAHL-vuh]

hare [HAH-ruh]

jade [YAA-der]

champagne [shahm-PAHN-yuh]

marmalade [mahr-muh-LAH-duh]

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Letter –R– Pronounced “R” But Rolled In Danish

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Danish Letter –G– is Pronounced as in GO in Some Syllables That Are Pronounced Differently in English:

DANISH [SAY]

general [geh-ner-RAAL]

generator [geh-ner-RAA-toor]

digital [dih-gih-TAHL]

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Letter –J– Pronounced “Y” In Danish:

DANISH [SAY]

jade [YAA-der]

japan [YAA-pahn]

jazz [yahs]

jersey [YASH-shi]

jetlag [YET-lag]

juice [yews]

junior [YOO-ni-oor]

jury [YEW-ri]

fjord [FYOOR]

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Letters –SK–Pronounced “SH” In Danish:

ski [shee]

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Letter –W– Pronounced “V” In Danish:

whisky [VIHS-kih]

watt [vaht]

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Letter –Z– Pronounced “S” In Danish:

zoo [soo]

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The Danish Letter –I– is Pronounced Two Ways: “IH” as in English or “EE” as in Spanish.

Danish Letter –I– Pronounced “IH” as in English:

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

blind [blinn]

centimeter [SEHN-tih-meh-tuhr]

digital [dih-gih-TAHL]

gin [dshihn]

gratis [‘gratis’]

ibuprofen [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

journalist [shoo-nah-LIHST]

junior [YOO-ni-oor]

million [mihl-YOON

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

seminar [seh-mih-NAHR]

whisky [VIHS-kih]

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Danish Letter –I– Pronounced “EE” as in Spanish and other Romance Languages [French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian]

And in a very few words in English, like ‘taxi’, ‘machine’ and ‘nectarine’.

DANISH [SAY]

april [ahp-REEL]

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

kilogram [KHEE-lu-grahm]

kilo [KHEE-loo]

kilogram [KHEE-lu-grahm]

kilometer [KHEE-lu-meh-tuhr]

like (v.) [LEE-kuhr]

liter [LEE-tuhr]

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

ruin [rew-EEN]

side [SEE-duh]

ski [shee]

Sometimes –I– Is Pronounced Both “IH” and “EE” In The Same Word in Dutch:

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

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The Letters –AU– Pronounced “EV”.

august [ev-GEWST]

sauna [SEV-nah]

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The Letter –U– is Sometimes Pronounced “EW”.

DANISH [SAY]

full [fewl]

juice [yews]

student [stew-DEHNT]

jury [YEW-ri]

ruin [rew-EEN]

junior [YEW-ni-oor]

museum [mew-SAY-ewm]

august [ev-GEWST]

restaurant [rehs-tew-RAHNG]

ibuprofen [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

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The Letter –O– is Sometimes Pronounced “OO”.

DANISH [SAY]

opera [OO-puh-rah]

soda [SOO-dah]

motorboat [MOO-toor-bawt]

journalist [shoo-nah-LIHST]

fjord [FYOOR]

kilo [KHEE-loo]

melon [meh-LOON]

million [mihl-YOON

generator [geh-ner-RAA-toor]

junior [YOO-ni-oor]

The Letter –O– is Sometimes Pronounced “AW”.

shorts [shawrts]

motorboat [MOO-toor-bawt]

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The Letter –E– is Pronounced Two Ways: “EH” as in English or “UH” in Danish.

Letter –E– Pronounced “EH” in Danish:

per [pehr]

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This is the Easiest Danish Pronunciation Guide. This Pronunciation Guide is easiest because it includes only Danish words spelled like English. For this same reason it cannot be a complete guide to Danish pronunciation. It is intended to be only the easiest introduction to Danish pronunciation.

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