Easiest Danish Pronunciation

The easiest introduction to pronunciation of Danish words is to pronounce the Danish words spelled like English.

The very easiest Danish words to pronounce are Danish words spelled like English and also pronounced like English.

These Danish words spelled like English and also pronounced like English are also the very easiest Danish words to take with you when you travel to Denmark.

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.

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 these Danish words - the parts that are different 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 But Pronounced Somewhat Differently:

[In the pronunciation guide, the syllable to stress is in capitals.]

DANISH -- [SAY DANISH]

adapter -- [a-DAHB-dah]

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

april -- [a-PREEL]

arm -- [ahm]

august -- [ow-GOAST]

babysitter -- [‘baby’-si-dah]

bacon -- [BAY-kohn]

ballet -- [bah-LEHD]

bank -- [bahngk]

bar -- [bah]

beige -- [baysh]

burger -- [BUR-gah]

bus -- [boos]

business class

camping -- [KAHM-payng]]

Canada -- [KAH-nah-dah]

CD -- [SAY-day]

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

check (banking) -- [shehg]

chutney -- [TJOHT-nee]

cigar -- [si-GAH]

december -- [deh-SEHM-bah]

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

dessert -- [day-SEHRD]

diesel -- [DI-serl]

digital -- [dih-gih-TAHL]

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

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

England -- [EHNG-lahn]

Euro -- [ay-OO-roa]

filter -- [FIL-do]

finger -- [FAYNG-o]

garage -- [gah-RAA-ser]

gate (airport) -- [gayd]

give -- [GEE-ver]

gluten -- [GLOO-dern]

gram -- [grahm]

hammer -- [HAH-mo]

hånd -- [hon]

hård -- [ho]

hare -- [HAH-rer]

have (possess) -- [ha]

hors d’oeuvre -- [ohr DURV-rah]

hospital -- [hoass-bi-TAHL]

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

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

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

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

internet -- [IN-tah-neht]

jazz -- [djas]

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

kilogram -- [KEE-loa-grahm]

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

lighter -- [LIE-dah]

liter -- [LEE-dah]

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

massage -- [ma-SA-sher]

medium -- [MEH-dee-oam]

melon -- [meh-LOAN]

menu -- [may-NEW]

meter -- [MEH-dah]

million -- [meel-YOAN]

mine -- [MEE-ner]

monument -- [moa-noo-MEHND]

motor -- [MOA-to]

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]

park (n.) -- [pahg]

pasta -- [pa-sta]

patient -- [pah-SYEHND]

pc (computer) -- [peh-SEH]

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

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]

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

plastic -- [PLAHS-dig]

portion -- [po-SYOAN]

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]

sand -- [sahn]

sandal -- [sahn-DAHL]

sauna -- [SOW-na]

seminar -- [seh-mee-NAH]

september -- [sehp-TEHM-bah]

service -- [SUR-vees]

shampoo -- [SHAHM-poa]

shorts -- [shohts]

side -- [SEE-duh]

specialist -- [spay-syah-LISD]

sport -- [spoht]

stadium -- [STAH-dyom]

stop (v.) -- [stohb]

sweater -- [SVEH-dah]

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]

vermouth -- [VEHR-moot]

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

vodka -- [VOHD-kah]

weekend -- [VEE-gehnd]

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

DANISH -- -- [SAY]

busstation -- [boos-stah-syoan]

internetcafé -- [IN-tah-neht-ka-feh]

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Your foreign pronunciation is close enough when the word is not mistaken for another word by a foreigner.


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.


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