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Danish for Martians Posted by on Jan 20, 2012 in Vocabulary

WinkAlienSuppose you came from another planet, and you crashed in Denmark with absolute no knowledge of the language… (Or English, for that matter!) What phrases would you need to get along on a very basic level? A friend recently asked me for such a list, so here you are. (Sorry, sci-fi dudes, I have to keep it pretty down-to-earth!)

The VERY basics

Ja     Yes
Nej     No
Måske     Maybe
Hm     Hm
Okay     Okay
Tak!     Thanks!
Det var så lidt!     You’re welcome!
Vær så god/værsgo!     Here you are!
Velbekomme!     Much good may it do you!”/Hope it’s tasty! (Said by the cook in conjunction with a meal, or by anyone when watching someone eating.)
En, to, tre, fire, fem, seks, syv, otte, ni, ti     1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 (See also the numbers article.)
Seng     Bed
Mad     Food
Vand     Water
Øl     Beer

Getting to know each other

Hej!     Hi!/Hello!
Hvordan går det?     How are you?
Det går godt. Hvad med dig?     I’m fine. How about you?
Hvad hedder du?     What’s your name? (Literally: What are you called?)
Jeg hedder Lise/Poul…     My name’s Lise/Poul…
Hvor kommer du fra?     Where do you come from?
Jeg kommer fra Mars/Kentucky/Valby…     I come from Mars/Kentucky/Valby
Hvor gammel er du?     How old are you?
Jeg er 36 år gammel. / Det er en hemmelighed!     I’m 36 years old. / That’s a secret!
Er du gift?     Are you married?
Nej, jeg er single!     No, I’m alone/a single!
Det var hyggeligt at møde dig!     It was nice meeting you!
Hej hej!     Bye!
Farvel!     Farewell!
Vi ses!    See you!

Now try this!

Danish can be hard to pronounce… To get a grip on the words, why don’t you paste a few of them into Acapela’s Danish text-to-speech engine! Please notice that you have to select one of the Danish voices (Mette, female, or Rasmus, male) from the pull-down list.

To be continued…

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. Bjørn A. Bojesen:

    Sorry, people, I posted the wrong URL to Acapela’s talkin’ robot(s)!

    I’ve just fixed it.
    Go to http://www.acapela-group.com/text-to-speech-interactive-demo.html and give it a try! 😉

    Wishing you all a happy Sunday!