Pronunciation

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A a

short a as in what [ʌ]

en ankel ʌng-kəl an ankle
en bank bʌnk a bank
en gaffel gʌf-l a fork
en knap knʌp a button
gammel gʌm-əl old
rask ʁʌsk healthy, well
kaffe kʌf-ə coffee
       

long a as in car [ɑː]

at farve faah-və to color
at spare spaah to save (money)
at sparke spaah-kə to kick
en fotograf fɔ-tɔ-gʁaahf a photographer
et barn baahn a child
et marked maah-gəð a market
marts maahts March
skarp skaahp sharp
smart smaaht smart
       

long a as in care [æː], but the glottal stop gives it a slight a as in late [eɪ]

en banan bə-naen a banana
en soldat sɔl-daet a soldier
gal gael crazy
total toe-tael total
at betale bə-tae-lə to pay
en abe ae-bə a monkey
en stat staet a state
en tale tae-lə a speech
en tomat tɔ-maet a tomato
et kabel kae-bəl a cable
et skab skaeb a wardrobe, cupboard, closet
       

a as in hat [æ]

before s

 
et pas paes a passport
en klasse klaes a class
fantastisk faen-taes-teesk fantastic
en flaske flaes-kə a bottle
at kaste kaes-tə to throw
et glas glaes a glass
plastik plaes-tick plastic
       

before t

 
en kat cat a cat
en nat nat a night
glat glat smooth, slippery
en skat scat a treasure, darling
       

before d (& no consonant after)

 
et bad baeð a bath
flad flaeð flat
glad glaeð glad, happy
mad maeð food
stadig stae-ðee still
adgang aeð-gʌng access
et blad blaeð a leaf, magazine
et fad faeð a vat, keg
ad aeð by, at, along, down
at skade skae-ðə to injure
       

before l

 
salt saelt salt
smal smael narrow
et tal tael a number
en alder ael an age
et valg vaelj a choice
en stald stael a stable
       

before n

 
Jan yaen (a man's name)
en dansker dan-skə a Dane
elegant ee-lə-gaent elegant
en and aen a duck
fanden faen-n the devil
han haen he
en mand maen a man
at blande blaen to mix, to blend