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Useful Danish phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Danish. Click on the English phrases to see them in many other languages.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.

English dansk (Danish)
Welcome Velkommen
(General greeting)
Hej / Hallo (on phone)
How are you? Hvordan har du det? (inf) Hvordan har De det? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Fint, tak. Hvad med dig?
What's your name?
My name is ...
Hvad hedder du?
Jeg hedder ...
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Hvor er du fra? Hvor kommer du fra?
Jeg er fra ... / Jeg kommer fra ...
Pleased to meet you Rart at møde dig
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
God morgen
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
God eftermiddag
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
God aften
Good night God nat
(Parting phrases)
Farvel (frm) Hej hej (inf)
Good luck Held og lykke!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Bunden i vejret eller resten i håret!
(bottoms up or the rest in your hair)
- only used with friends when very drunk
Have a nice day Hav en god dag
Fortsat god dag (Enjoy the rest of your day)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal

(Have a good meal)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey

(Have a good journey)
God rejse!
I don't understand Det forstår jeg ikke
Please speak more slowly Vil du tale lidt langsommere?
Please write it down Kan du skrive det ned, tak?
Do you speak Danish?
Yes, a little
Taler du dansk? (inf)
Ja, en smule / Ja, lidt
How do you say ...
in Danish?
Hvordan siger du ... på dansk?
Excuse me Undskyld mig!
How much is this? Hvad koster det? Hvor meget koster det?
Sorry Undskyld!
Thank you
Tak / Mange tak
Tusind tak (thousand thanks) Tak for ... (thanks for ...)
Det var så lidt / Ingen årsag
Where's the toilet? Hvor er toilettet?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Denne herre betaler (for alt) - gentleman
Denne dame betaler (for alt) - lady
Would you like to dance with me? Vil du danse med mig?
I love you Jeg elsker dig
Get well soon God bedring
Leave me alone! Lad mig være i fred!
Call the police! Ring efter politiet!
Christmas and New Year greetings Glædelig jul og godt nytår
Easter greetings God påske
Birthday greetings Tillykke med fødselsdagen
One language is never enough Ét sprog er aldrig nok
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Mit luftpudefartøj er fyldt med ål
Min luftpudebåd er fyldt med ål

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