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Going on holiday Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Conversation, Tourism

It’s ferie (holiday) time, and most Danes pakker kufferten (pack their trunk) and prepare themselves to escape to another place for a couple of weeks, be it Island (Iceland), Grækenland (Greece), Thailand, the local beach, a sommerhus (summer residence, cabin) in another part of the country, or your very own kolonihavehus.

No matter where you go, you’ll need some vocabulary:

Hvornår har vi sommerferie? When do we have (our) summer holidays?
Ferien starter i uge 28. The vacation starts in Week 28 (from July 9 in 2012).

Hvor skal vi rejse hen? Where are we going (to)?
Hvad med Spanien? How about Spain?
Nej, det er for varmt. No, that’s too hot.
Jeg vil hellere være hjemme i Danmark. I’d rather be at home in Denmark.

Skal jeg hjælpe dig med at pakke? Would you like me to help you with the luggage (literally: “Shall I help you with to pack?”)
bagage [baGASHeh] luggage
parasol parasol
badehåndklæde beach towel
badebold beach ball
badebukser swimming trunks
badedragt swimsuit
bikini
topløs (adj.) topless
solbriller sunglasses
solkrem tan lotion
bog book

Hej, mit navn er Karen, jeg ringer fra Struer… Hello, my name is Karen and I’m calling from Struer…

Taler du dansk/engelsk/arabisk? Do you speak Danish/English/Arabic?

Jeg vil gerne bestille en billet til Rhodos. I’d like to order a ticket to Rhodos.

Det kan du gøre inde på vores hjemmeside. You can do that at our homepage.

Hvor meget bliver det? How much is it?

Det bliver fire tusind kroner, tak. That’s 4000 kroner, please.

Hvor meget er det i euro? How much is that in euros?

Har I studierabat? Do you have a students’ discount?

Jeg vil gerne booke to hotelværelser. I’d like to book two hotel rooms.

Ét med dobbeltseng, og ét med tre enkeltsenge. One with a double bed, and one with three single beds.
sengelinned bed linen
lagen/er sheet/s
altan balcony

Hvor er det nærmeste toilet? Where is the nearest toilet?

Må jeg låne din mobiltelefon? May I borrow your mobile phone?

Jeg er blevet angrebet af en haj. I’ve been attacked by a shark.

Hvornår skal vi hjem igen? When are we going back home?

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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.