Introduction to Danish



Pronunciation

You might have been told that Danish is hard to learn, but when people say this, what they are really referring to is the pronunciation. The grammar has some similarities to that of English, which technically makes it one of the easiest languages for English speakers to learn.

Here are some Danish sentences that have been deliberately constructed to resemble English (Danish sentences are not generally this easy). Try to guess how they are pronounced. Click on the play button to hear their pronunciation (they are slowed down a bit here).

1. Danmark har et rødt og hvidt flag Denmark has a red and white flag
2. Vil du give ham et glas? Will you give him a glass?
3. Danmark er et lille land Denmark is a small country
4. Det er min kat That is my cat
5. Min kat er hvid My cat is white
6. Peter er glad for sit nye job Peter is happy for his new job
7. Hvad er din adresse? What is your address?
8. Hvad er dit telefonnummer? What is you phone number?
9. Johns assistent er meget attraktiv John's assistant is very attractive
10. Maria er meget nervøs for sit interview Maria is very nervous about her interview
11. Det er ikke et problem It is not a problem
12. Michael kan ikke finde sit kamera Michael can not find his camera

You'll immediately see that the pronunciation is nothing like you'd imagined. But not to worry: the reason this course exists is to guide you through the intricacies of both the language structure and the pronunciation. You will be able to click on a play button to hear the authentic pronunciation, as well as an elongated play button to hear the slow version.

Here's an example: Hvor kommer du fra? Where are you from?