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How to Say Happy New Year in Danish & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Danish

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Danish? Let a native teach you! At DanishClass101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Danish New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Denmark
  2. Must-Know Danish Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Danish
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How DanishClass101 Can Help You Learn Danish

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Danish New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Denmark

How to Celebrate New Year

In Denmark, the New Year’s party continues into New Year’s Day on January 1st. But instead of warming up until midnight with food and amusement, the day starts with a bang, and the excitement gradually decreases by the hour.

Do you know how many New Year’s speeches Queen Margrethe the Second has delivered as of December 31, 2016?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later, so keep reading!

The biggest event on New Year’s Day is of course the fireworks that fill the skies when the clock in the Town Hall Square reaches 1 out of 12 beats.
Next, everyone wishes each other a happy new year while sipping champagne and eating almond cake. Most people watch the fireworks outside, so it is important to wear protective goggles if there are neighbours who are crazy about fireworks nearby. This is the only day of the year it’s legal to use fireworks without a special permit.

When the bells in the Town Hall Square in Copenhagen has chimed through all 12 beats, Denmark’s radio girl choir sing on TV the song “Be welcome, year of our lord.” You can sing or hum along right from your living room. After the national anthem is sung, but most people don’t stay to hear it since the party has gone outside or to the city to see fireworks. Since New Year’s Day is a holiday, the party will often continue into the wee hours until early morning.

Most stores are usually closed, and only a few restaurants choose to remain open on January 1st, especially fast food chains and barbecue places. That is why some people choose to end the night shortly after the fireworks to get some sleep before going to work. Many young people do party all night, work, and sleep when they get off work.

Because of major hangovers, the TV shows on January 1st are nothing but entertainment and easy-to-watch shows from your couch or bed. Examples of this would be the New Year’s Concert and ski jumps.

And now I’ll give you the answer to the earlier quiz.

Do you know how many New Year’s speeches Queen Margrethe the Second has delivered as of December 31, 2016?

As of December 31, 2016 she has delivered 46 New Year’s speeches.

Happy New Year!
Hav et godt nytår!

2. Must-Know Danish Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Danish Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year


This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Denmark could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight


The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day


In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party


A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing


Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne


Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks


These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

Happy Near Year!

8- Countdown


This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

nytårsdag helligdag

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti


In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve


This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast


A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution


Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade


New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At DanishClass101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Danish New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Danish word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at DanishClass101 - what are yours?

Learn these phrases and impress your Danish friends with your vocabulary.

New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

Læse mere.

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Danish in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Danish language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

Tilbringe mere tid med familien.

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

Tabe sig.

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

Spare penge.

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to DanishClass101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

Stoppe med at ryge.

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

Lære noget nyt.

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

Drikke mindre.

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

Træne regelmæssigt.

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

Spise sundt.

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Danish with DanishClass101

at læse dansk med DanishClass101.com

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Danish, especially with us! Learning how to speak Danish can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. DanishClass101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Danish new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Danish, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Danish incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with DanishClass101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

Click here to read the most inspirational Language Learning Quotes!

As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Danish could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Danish - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Danish - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with DanishClass101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

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How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Danish

How to Say Merry Christmas in Danish

Do you know any ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Danish? DanishClass101 brings you easy-to-learn translations and the correct pronunciation of Danish Christmas phrases!

Christmas is the annual commemorative festival of Christ’s birth in the Western Christian Church. It takes place on December 25th and is usually celebrated with much food and fanfare! However, not all cultures celebrate Christmas. In some countries, Christmas is not even a public holiday! However, many countries have adapted Christmas and its religious meaning to tally with their own beliefs, or simply in acknowledgment of the festival’s importance to other cultures. If you want to impress native Danish speakers with culturally-appropriate Christmas phrases and vocabulary, DanishClass101 will teach you the most important ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Danish!

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Table of Contents

  1. Holiday Greetings and Wishes
  2. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary
  3. Twelve Days of Christmas
  4. Top 10 Christmas Characters
  5. How DanishClass101 Can Help You

1. Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the Holiday Season

Christmas Words in Danish

1- Merry Christmas!

Glædelig jul!

Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Danish? Learn here how to pronounce it perfectly! ‘Merry’ means to be joyful, to celebrate and generally be in good spirits. So, with this phrase you are wishing someone a joyful, celebratory remembrance of Christ’s birth!

2- Happy Kwanzaa!

Glædelig Kwanzaa!

Surprise your African-American, or West African native friends with this phrase over the Christmas holidays! Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration, starting on Dec 26th each year. It has its roots in African American modern history, and many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas!

3- Have a happy New Year!

Hav et godt nytår!

In countries where Christmas is not officially celebrated, but a Gregorian calendar is observed, this would be a friendly festive-season wish over New Year.

4- Happy Hanukkah!

Glædelig Hanukkah!

Hanukkah is the beautiful Hebrew festival over November or December each year. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is celebrated to commemorate the Jewish freedom of religion.

5- Have a great winter vacation!

Hav en god vinterferie!

This is a good phrase to keep handy if someone doesn’t observe any religious festival over the Christmas holidays! However, this will only be applicable in the Northern hemisphere, where it is winter over Christmas.

6- See you next year!

Vi ses næste år!

Going away on holiday over Christmas season, or saying goodbye to someone about to leave on vacation? This would be a good way to say goodbye to your friends and family.

7- Warm wishes!

Varme ønsker!

An informal, friendly phrase to write in Danish Christmas cards, especially for secular friends who prefer to observe Christmas celebrations without the religious symbolism. It conveys the warmth of friendship and friendly wishes associated with this time of year.

8- Happy holidays!

Glædelig jul!

If you forget how to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Danish, this is a safe, generic phrase to use instead.

9- Enjoy the holidays!

Nyd ferien!

After saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Danish, this would be a good phrase with which to wish Christmas holiday-goers well! It is also good to use for secular friends who don’t celebrate Christmas but take a holiday at this time of the year.

10- Best wishes for the New Year!

Bedste ønsker for det nye år!

This is another way of wishing someone well in the New Year if they observe a Gregorian calendar. New Year’s day would then fall on January 1st.

2. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

Christmas is associated with many traditions and religious symbols in multiple countries across the world. It originated centuries ago in the West with the birth of Christianity, and the celebrations are often embedded with rich cultural significance. So, by now you know how to say Merry Christmas in Danish! Next, learn pertinent vocabulary and phrases pertaining to Christmas, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. At DanishClass101, we make sure you sound like a native speaker!

1- Christmas


This is the Danish word for ‘Christmas’. Most happy Christmas wishes in Danish will include this word!

2- Snow


In most Northern-hemisphere countries, Christmas is synonymous with snow, and for Christmas, the snowman is often dressed as Santa Claus.

3- Snowflake


Snowflakes collectively make up snow. A single snowflake is small, white, light like a feather and icy cold! When put under a microscope, the snowflake reveals itself to have the most beautiful, symmetrical patterns. These patterns have become popular Christmas decorations, especially in Western countries.

4- Snowman


As you guessed - a snowman is only possible to build if it is snowing! What a fun way to spend Christmas day outside.

5- Turkey


Roast turkey is the traditional main dish on thousands of lunch tables on Christmas day, mainly in Western countries. What is your favorite Christmas dish?

6- Wreath


Another traditional Western decoration for Christmas, the wreath is an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring. Many families like to hang a Christmas wreath outside on their houses’ front doors.

7- Reindeer


Reindeer are the animals commonly fabled to pull Santa Claus’ sled across the sky! Western Christmas folklore tells of Father Christmas or Santa Claus doing the rounds with his sled, carrying Christmas presents for children, and dropping them into houses through the chimney. But who is Santa Claus?

8- Santa Claus


Santa Claus is a legendary and jolly figure originating in the Western Christian culture. He is known by many names, but is traditionally depicted as a rotund man wearing a red costume with a pointy hat, and sporting a long, snow-white beard!

9- Elf


An elf is a supernatural creature of folklore with pointy ears, a dainty, humanoid body and a capricious nature. Elves are said to help Santa Claus distribute presents to children over Christmas!

10- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolf med den røde Tud

‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is a Christmas song based on an American children’s story book with the same name. Rudolph is one of Santa’s reindeer. The song became more famous than the book, and can still be heard playing in many shopping malls over Christmas time across the globe!

11- North Pole


The cold North Pole is where Santa Claus is reputed to live with his reindeer!

12- Sled


A sled is a non-motorised land vehicle used to travel over snow in countries where it snows a lot, and is usually pulled by animals such as horses, dogs or reindeer. This one obviously refers to Santa’s sled! Another word for sled is sleigh or sledge.

13- Present


Gift or present giving is synonymous with Christmas Eve and the greatest source of joy for children over this festive time! This tradition signifies that Christ’s birth was a gift to mankind, but not all people who hand out presents over Christmas observe the religious meaning.

14- Bell


On Christmas Day, or Christmas Eve, many religious celebrants enjoy going to church for a special sermon and Christmas rituals. The start of the sermon is often announced with bells or a bell, if the church has one. For this reason, the sound of ringing bells is often associated with Christmas Day.

15- Chimney


The chimney is the entrance Santa Claus uses to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Day, according to folklore! Wonder how the chubby man and his elves stay clean…?!

16- Fireplace


In most countries where it snows, Christmas is synonymous with a fire or burning embers in houses’ fireplaces. Families huddle around its warmth while opening Christmas presents. Also, this is where Santa Claus is reputed to pop out after his journey down the chimney!

17- Christmas Day


This is the official day of commemorative celebration of Christ’s birth, and falls each year on December 25.

18- Decoration


Decorations are the colourful trinkets and posters that make their appearance in shops and homes during the Christmas holiday season in many countries! They give the places a celebratory atmosphere in anticipation of the big Christmas celebration. Typical Christmas decorations include colorful photographs and posters, strings of lights, figurines of Santa Claus and the nativity scene, poinsettia flowers, snowflakes and many more.

19- Stocking


According to legend, Santa Claus places children’s presents in a red stocking hanging over the fireplace. This has also become a popular decoration, signifying Christmas.

20- Holly


Holly is a shrub native to the UK, and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is characterised by glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries. Ironically, its significance for Christmas relates to Christ’s crucifixion and suffering rather than his birth. However, the leaves’ distinctive shape and image have become popular Christmas decorations.

21- Gingerbread house


According to legend, the gingerbread house synonymous with Christmas is related to Christ’s birth place, Bethlehem. Bethlehem literally means ‘House of Bread’. Over centuries, it has become a popular treat over Christmas time in many non-religious households as well.

22- Candy cane


According to folklore, Christmas candy canes made their appearance first in Germany in the 16th century. A choir master gave children the candy canes to suck on in church in order to keep them quiet during the Christmas sermon! Apparently, the candy is shaped like a cane in remembrance of the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus. Today, like gingerbread houses, they are still a popular sweet over the festive season!

23- Mistletoe


Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on certain trees. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the mistletoe has magical powers, and could protect a household from evil if hung above a door during December. The belief didn’t last but the habit did, and the mistletoe is another popular Christmas decoration!

3. Twelve Days of Christmas

Twelve Days of Christmas

Wow, you’re doing extremely well! You know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Danish, and you learned pertinent vocabulary too! The Twelve Days of Christmas is not very well known in modern times, so, you’re on your way to becoming an expert in Christmas traditions and rituals. Well done!

The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a traditional festive period of 12 days dedicated to celebrate the nativity of Christ. Christmas Day is, for many who observe Twelvetide, the first day of this period.

‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is also a popular Christmas song about a series of gifts given on each day of Twelvetide. According to experts, these gifts were created as a coded reference to important symbols in the Christian church. Here is a list of those gifts mentioned in the song! Do you recognise them?

4. Top 10 Christmas Characters in American Culture

Top 10 Christmas Characters

This is fantastic, you know how to explain almost everything about Christmas in Danish! However, do you know the most popular Christmas characters in American culture? Your knowledge will not be complete without this list.

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How To Say ‘Thank you’ in Danish

How to Say Thank You in Danish

In most cultures, it is custom to express gratitude in some way or another. The dictionary defines gratitude as follows: it is “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness”. Giving a sincere, thankful response to someone’s actions or words is often the ‘glue’ that keeps relationships together. This is true in most societies! Doing so in a foreign country also shows your respect and appreciation for the culture. Words have great power - use these ones sincerely and often!

Table of Contents

  1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Danish
  2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes
  3. Infographic & Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You
  4. Video Lesson: ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages
  5. How DanishClass101 Can Help You

So, how do you say ‘Thank you’ in Danish? You can learn easily! Below, DanishClass101 brings you perfect translations and pronunciation as you learn the most common ways Danish speakers say ‘Thanks’ in various situations.

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1. 12 Ways to say ‘Thank you’ in Danish

1- Thank you.


The magical words that can bring a smile to any face. For one day, truly mean it whenever you say these words, and see how this lifts your spirit too!

2- That’s very kind of you.

Det er meget venligt af dig.

This phrase is appropriate when someone clearly goes out of their way to give good service, or to offer you a kindness.

3- Thanks for your kind words!

Tak for dine venlige ord!

Someone paid you a compliment and made you feel good? That is kind of him/her, so express your gratitude!

4- Thank you for coming today.

Tak fordi I kom i dag.

This welcoming phrase should be part of your arsenal if you’re conducting more formal meetings with Danish speakers. If you’re hosting a party, this is also a good phrase when you greet your Danish guests!

5- Thank you for your consideration.

Tak for din overvejelse.

This is a more formal, almost solemn way to thank someone for their thoughtfulness and sensitivity towards you. It is also suitable to use when a native speaker has to consider something you submit, like a job application, a project or a proposal. You are thanking them, in essence, for time and effort they are about to, or have spent on your submission.

6- Thanks a lot!

Mange tak!

This means the same as ‘Thank you’, but with energy and enthusiasm added! It means almost the same as ‘thank you so much’ in Danish. Use this in an informal setting with your Danish friends or teachers.

7- Teachers like you are not easy to find.

Lærere som dig er ikke lette at finde.

Some phrases are compliments, which express gratitude by inference. This is one of them. If you’re particularly impressed with your DanishClass101 teacher, this is an excellent phrase to memorize!

8- Thank you for spending time with us.

Tak, fordi du tilbringer tid sammen med os.

Any host at a gathering with Danish speakers, such as a meeting or a party, should have this under his/her belt! Use it when you’re saying goodbye or busy closing a meeting. It could also be another lovely way to thank your Danish language teacher for her time.

9- Thank you for being patient and helping me improve.

Tak, fordi du er tålmodig og hjælper mig med at blive bedre.

This phrase is another sure way to melt any formal or informal Danish teacher’s heart! Teaching is not easy, and often a lot of patience is required from the teacher. Thank him/her for it! It’s also a good phrase to use if you work in Denmark, and want to thank your trainer or employer. You will go a long way towards making yourself a popular employee - gratitude is the most attractive trait in any person!

10- You’re the best teacher ever!

Du er den bedste lærer nogensinde!

This is also an enthusiastic way to thank your teacher by means of a compliment. It could just make their day!

11- Thank you for the gift.

Tak for gaven.

This is a good phrase to remember when you’re the lucky recipient of a gift. Show your respect and gratitude with these words.

12- I have learned so much thanks to you.

Jeg har lært så meget takket være dig.

What a wonderful compliment to give a good teacher! It means they have succeeded in their goal, and you’re thankful for it.

2. Video Lesson: Learn to Say ‘Thank You’ in 3 Minutes

Wherever your destination maybe, manners are a must! And in this respect, Denmark is no different.

1- Tak
In Danish the most simple way of saying “Thank you” is Tak. Tak is an interjection and is derived from the verb takke. The dictionary form is at takke which in English will be translated as “to thank.” The English equivalent of “Tak” would be “thanks.” In Danish we have a saying, Tak er et fattigt ord! which means “Thank you is a poor word.” Meaning that because Tak is only one syllable, it doesn’t take much effort to say. So don’t forget it!

2- Tak skal du have
If you want to make clear who you are thanking, like the English phrase “Thank you,” you say Tak skal du have, which literally means “Thanks you shall have.” Skal du have can be added at the end of any of the phrases. You automatically make the phrase polite with it.

3- Mange tak.
There will be occasions when you want express your gratitude in a more appreciable manner. Then, you should use the expression Mange tak! The first word mange means “many” or “lot,” so the English equivalent of Mange tak is “Many thanks.”

4- Tusind tak.
Actually, you can also say Tusind tak! which expresses the same level of appreciation as Mange tak! The word tusind means “thousand”.

5- Mange tusind tak.
To show a deeper gratitude, it is enough to combine the two expressions, so you get Mange tusind tak! which in English will be translated as “Many many thanks.” or “Thank you very much.”

6- Mange tusind gange tak.
An even more formal way of expressing your gratitude is Mange tusind gange tak. Literally translated, it is “Many thousand times thanks.” The third word gange means “times,” and is used as the multiplier to enhance your appreciation.

Cultural Insights

Quick Tip 1

The most common way to say “Thank you” is Tak. Use Tak in any situation whether formal, informal, special or common, and Danes will appreciate your effort in speaking their language. Also, never worry about the person’s age or profession. Keep in mind that this word can be used anywhere, anytime and with anyone. You say Tak when the waiter brings you the food, when somebody does a favor for you and when you receive a compliment. Remember, Tak er et fattigt ord! (”Thanks is a poor word”.)

Quick Tip 2
As mentioned earlier, thank you is a poor word so we enhance it with a combination of quantifiers: tusind, mange, gange. You might even hear some use En million gange tak. En million is “a million,” and as you might have guessed the meaning becomes “A million times thank you.” And to make it more formal we just add skal du have. Basically in Danish you can use any combination of the words we covered to enhance the depth and formality of Tak.

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3. Audio Lesson: Survival Phrases - Thank You

5 Ways to Say Thank You in Danish

Perhaps you think it’s unimportant that you don’t know what ‘Thank you’ is in Danish, or that it’s too difficult a language to learn. Yet, as a traveler or visitor, you will be surprised at how far you can go using a little bit of Danish in Denmark!

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4. ‘Thank You’ in 31 Languages

For the global traveler in a hurry, here are 31 ways to say ‘Thank you’! These are the first words you need to learn in any foreign language - it is sure to smooth your way with native speakers by showing your gratitude for services rendered, and your respect for their culture! Learn and know how to correctly say ‘Thank you’ in 31 different languages in this short video.

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