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Worst Case Danish Posted by on Nov 30, 2016 in Conversation, Society

Danmark er som regel et trygt land at være i. (As a rule, Denmark is a safe country to be in.) Here are a few expressions to use when everything goes wrong…

(Photo courtesy of charlotteshj at Flickr, CC License,)

(Photo courtesy of charlotteshj at Flickr, CC License,)

– Hjælp, jeg er faret vild! (Help me, I’ve lost my way!)

– Ved du hvor den nærmeste købmand/tankstation /det nærmeste sygehus er henne? (Do you know where the nearest grocery store/gasoline station / hospital is?)

– Må jeg låne din telefon? (May I borrow your phone?)

– Jeg har faldet og slået mig. Jeg er væltet på cyklen. Jeg bløder. (I’ve fallen and hurt myself. I’ve had a fall on my bike. I’m bleeding.)

– Gør det meget ondt? (Does it hurt  a lot?)

– Skynd dig. Ring efter en ambulance! (Hurry up. Call an ambulance!)

– Bare rolig. Jeg kan førstehjælp. (Just relax. I know first aid.)

– Har du en panodil? (Have you got a panodil – headache tablet?)

– Jeg har tabt mine nøgler/briller. Har du set dem? (I’ve lost my keys/glasses. Have you seen them?)

– Kør forsigtigt. Der er sket et trafikuheld på motorvejen. (Drive carefully. There’s been a traffic accident on the motorway/freeway.)

– Jeg er blevet ramt af en cykel/en tagsten/et træ. Har du et plaster/en bandage? (I’ve been hit by a bike/a tile/a tree. Have you got a plaster/a bandage?)

– Vi sidder fast i en snestorm. (We’re stuck in a blizzard.)

– Hjælp! Nogen har stjålet min taske/telefon! Jeg ønsker at tale med politiet/min ambassade! (Help! Somebody has stolen my bag/phone! I want to talk to the police/my embassy!)

– Undskyld, kan du hjælpe mig? Det er en nødsituation. (Excuse me, can you help me? It’s an emergency.)

– Jeg leder efter en livredder? Min hund er nemlig svømmet for langt ud og jeg er bange for at den skal blive taget af bølgerne… (I’m looking for a lifeguard? You see, my dog has swum too far out and I’m afraid the waves will take it…)

– Der er brand i garagen. Har du ringet til brandvæsenet? (There’s a fire in the garage. Have you been calling the fire brigade?)

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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.