One of the easiest phrases to pronounce and remember is ‘Hej Hej’. Used when someone leaves, take one ‘Hej’ out, and you’ll know how to greet someone when entering. It is pronounced like ‘hi’, so it’s easy to remember.
‘Går det godt’ is similar to ‘How are you’ or ‘What’s up’ in English. Seems easy, right? The accent however, is a bit more tricky. Går is pronounced (gor) but with a light r, totally ignore the ‘t’ from ‘det’ so it sounds like (de), and keep only the ‘t’ from the ‘dt’ at ‘godt’.
When tourists ask Danes if they speak English, they usually get that ‘Duh, of course I do’ look. However, it’s always useful to know the above expression. Plus, if someone asks something that sounds like ‘tele du densk’, non-Danish speakers now know that the answer is ‘Nej’.
Fedt means fat, but ‘Det er fedt’ or just ‘Fedt’ is a slang phrase used quite often by Danes when they want to point out that something is cool or great.
For those who’ve never heard of the Danish term hygge, the expression is used by Danes in order to describe a cozy nice evening with friends.
These are the most commons expressions Danes use when they want to order a beer. Just saying ‘en øl’ is also fine, especially in the late hours when not even Danes bother using ‘formalities’.
It’s always nice to be polite and luckily ‘Thank you’ in Danish is easy to pronounce. If you forget the whole phrase, you can always just say ‘Tak’ and Danish speakers get the message.
Even though Danes of every age speak English almost in the same level as their mother tongue, it’s good to have ‘Where is..’ in your notebook. Fill in the gap with names of the country’s museums, art galleries, and attractions and impress locals with your language skills. Tip: don’t pronounce the ‘d’ at the end of ‘Hvod’.
‘Det forstår jeg ikke’ is maybe the most useful phrase of the article. It translates to ‘I don’t understand’ and is probably the expression most travelers learn before heading to their next destination.
Find out how your country is pronounced in Danish, add it at the end of the sentence ‘Jeg kommer fra…’, and impress locals with your language skills.