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How To Say ‘Hello’ in Danish, and Other Danish Greetings!

How to Say Hello in Danish

So, you’re heading for Denmark to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Danish, greeting someone correctly in Danish could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Danish greetings before you embark on your journey. Danish greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Danish in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at DanishClass101.

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1. Must-Know Danish Greetings

Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Danish! At DanishClass101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Danish. And you will have fun!

The focus of this lesson is greetings in Danish

Topic 1: How to say “hello”

Phrase from the lesson:

Hej.
“Hi”

In this lesson we learned some of the most common greetings used in Denmark.

The most used informal greeting is: Hej, meaning “hi”. Another common expression is: Hallo! - “Hello”

It is used while meeting people and it can be used with anyone.

Other common Danish greeting change depending the time of the day, we have:

Goddag. - “Hello”. Literally means “good day”, and only can be used during the daytime-from morning until evening.
Godaften. - “Good evening”. Used during the evening. Aften is Danish for “evening”.
Godmorgen. - “Good morning”. Used only in the morning.
Goddag, godaften, and godmorgen are used when meeting someone.

Topic 2: How to say “Goodbye”

Phrase from the lesson:

Hav det godt
“Be well”

Common farewell Danish expressions are:

Hav det godt. - “Be well” or “All the best”. It is used when parting ways for a long time.
Vi ses. - “See you”. It is commonly used in everyday situations.

Language Tip

In formal situations, Danish people commonly greet each other by shaking hands. On the other hand, if we meet someone we are very friendly with no matter their gender, it’s common to give hugs. Don’t be afraid to try it out with your Danish friends!

2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Danish

Danish Greetings

Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry - at DanishClass101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Danish greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

Here is our Danish greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

1- Good morning.

G´morn.

‘Good morning’ in Danish is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile - it’s the universal ice-breaker!

2- Good evening

G´aften.

This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

3- How are you?

Hvordan går det?

Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

4- How have you been?

Går det godt?

This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

5- What’s up?

Hvad så?

An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

6- Long time no see.

Det er lang tid siden

This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

7- Hey!

Hey!

This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

Saying Hello

8- Good afternoon.

Godeftermiddag.

‘Good afternoon’ in Danish is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

9- How’s it going?

Hvordan går det?

This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

10- It’s nice to see you again.

Det er rart at se dig igen.

This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Danish.

11- How’s everything?

Hvordan står det til?

This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

12- How’s your day?

Hvordan er din dag?

Ask this when you’re speaking to your Danish friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

13- Yo!

Yo!

Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

14- Hello!

Hej!

Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Danish greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at DanishClass101!

15- It’s nice to meet you.

Det er rart at møde dig.

When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

3. Why Should You Choose DanishClass101 To Learn How To Greet In Danish?

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Friendly native Danish speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience - it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Danish friend in your own home!

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3- Pronunciation Tool Ensures You Really Speak Danish!

In any language, correct pronunciation is often crucial. The nuances in language require this, or you could find yourself saying things you don’t mean. You will find our Pronunciation Tool invaluable to wrap your mouth around the correct way to greet in Danish!

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Every week, new audio and video lessons are uploaded, so as to keep our promise that learning Danish with DanishClass101 is always fun and exciting! In addition, you will get access to bonus material and basic Danish phrases. These are a fantastic way to build your comprehension and speaking skills!

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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Danish

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Danish!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Danish Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can DanishClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Danish - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Danish? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Danish words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - vittighed
  2. funny - sjov
  3. lie - lyve
  4. deceptive - vildledende
  5. surprise - overraske
  6. prank - narrestreg
  7. humor - humor
  8. fool - nar
  9. April 1st - 43191
  10. play a joke - lave sjov
  11. prankster - spøgefugl
  12. sneaky - luskede

2. Danish Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Danish Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Danish to prank your favorite Danish friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Danish in 1 month.
    • Jeg lærte dansk på én måned.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • Alle timer for i dag blev annulleret.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • Jeg er ked af det, men jeg har lige ødelagt dine yndlingsbriller.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • Nogen har lige ramt din bil.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • Jeg skal giftes.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • Du vandt en gratis billet.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • Jeg så din bil bliver bugseret.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • De giver gratis gavekort foran bygningen.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • En flot fyr venter på dig udenfor.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • En smuk dame bad mig om at give dette telefonnummer til dig.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • Kan du komme nedenunder? Jeg har noget særligt til dig.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • Tak for dit kærlighedsbrev i morges. Jeg havde aldrig gættet dine følelser.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Danish, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can DanishClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit Denmark, or if you work for any Danish company, knowing the above Danish prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Danish words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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4 Reasons Why Danish Slang Words Will Make You Fluent

Learn 4 honest reasons you need Danish slang words and why they are so vital to truly learning and mastering the language.

Teachers may normally cringe at the thought of their students learning Danish slang words. After all, slang words and phrases are typically defined as being grammatically incorrect. So why would your teacher want you to spend time learning the “wrong way” to speak Danish? Here are 4 of the top reasons why you should study slang words and expressions when learning Danish or any new language.

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1. Native Speakers Use Slang Expressions in Everyday Conversation

If you are going to study a foreign language and plan to use it to speak with native speakers, then you have to learn slang words and expressions. Otherwise, just using formal expressions and grammar may alienate you from native speakers and make it more difficult to establish a real connection. So it is best to at least learn some common slang words and expressions if you’re planning to meet or speak socially with someone.

2. Slang Words Are Used All Throughout Danish Culture

If you turn on any popular Danish TV show, listen to any song, or watch any movie, you are quickly going to see the value of learning Danish slang phrases. Just like everyday conversations between native speakers, Danish culture is filled with slang phrases and expressions. Without at least some knowledge of the more common slang phrases, popular culture and most conversations will be very confusing and potentially alienating.

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3. Slang Expressions Help You Better Express Your True Thoughts and Feelings

Only relying on formal grammar and vocabulary is very limiting, especially in social situations. Just like in your native language, using the appropriate Danish slang words can help you express a broader range of emotions, thoughts, and feelings.

4. Proper Use of Slang Makes You Sound More Natural

We’ve all met foreigners who technically used formal language perfectly but still sounded odd and well….foreign. But when you use the right slang words and expressions, you will sound more natural and like a true native speaker. If you notice, even most politicians include a sprinkling of slang expressions and words throughout their speeches to help them sound more natural and to better connect with the audience.

The Dark Side of Slang Expressions

Learning Danish slang words can indeed help you sound more natural, better understand the people and culture, and make integration much easier. However, there is a dark side: using the wrong slang expressions can also make you look foolish, uneducated, and potentially disrespectful.

But how do you know which slang words or phrases to use and when?

The truth is that you can’t learn the most modern and appropriate slang words in textbooks or formal classroom settings. By the time the information gets incorporated into a formal curriculum, it’s already outdated and no longer in use by actual Danish people. And while you can learn current slang expressions from Danish TV shows, movies, songs, and games, you may not understand the context. If that happens, you may use the right Danish slang words but in the wrong situation and still look like a fool or possibly even offend someone.

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So where can you learn current slang expressions and the right context in which to use them?

At DanishClass101, native speaking instructors create audio and video lessons that can include slang expressions and words. Our instructors provide context and examples for all the Danish slang words used in any lesson to make sure students understand the right time and place to use them.

Danish slang words and expressions may be grammatically incorrect but they are vital to truly understanding and immersing yourself in the culture. In fact, it will be very difficult to fully understand any movie, TV show, song, game, or even 1-on-1 conversation without knowing a few of the more common slang expressions.

However, it is important to learn the proper context and use of even popular slang expressions or you may come across as confusing, disrespectful, or uneducated.
At DanishClass101, you’ll learn how to use slang phrases and words to draw the right attention and avoid these problems.

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How to Learn Danish in Your Car?

How to Learn Danish in Your Car? Learn language in car

Stuck in traffic? Losing time in your car? Have you ever felt that in all this wasted time, you could have watched the 750 episodes of One Piece, finished the last Super Mario ten times, or even better…you could have learned Danish? Between family, friends and work, in addition to this time-consuming commute, it can become difficult to find time to properly learn Danish.

Fortunately, every problem has a solution, and what could be a better solution than turning that commute time into learning time? Stop passing the time mindlessly listening to the radio and try some of our best tips for mastering Danish in your car!

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You can learn Danish in your car, hands free
While driving, it’s important that you keep your focus on the road, so this is why our top tips won’t require you to use your hands!

Listening to Danish audio content in the car is a good way to learn
This is because it is a fun and efficient way to learn. With DanishClass101.com podcasts, you will be able to discover Danish culture through topics about everyday life. Instead of the radio, listen to a Danish podcast adapted to your level, from Absolute Beginner to Advanced, and you will make progress sooner that you would expect!

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You can listen to Danish music in the car
Did you know that you can learn Danish by singing while driving? Listen to songs from cartoon or drama and try to identify some words you learned.

Challenge yourself! Use the Danish you’ve studied up to this point and see how much you understand! Making the jump to real-life Danish is a scary one, but friendly children’s songs are a great place to start!

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You can learn alone in your car
When you’re driving alone, you can be as loud as you want – there is nothing better for remembering your Danish lessons than repeating loudly, again and again. Next time you see a driver who seems to be talking alone, you will know he or she is just learning Danish!

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You can learn through repetition with your passengers
If there are passengers in the car, it can be more stimulating to learn together. You can set a role play with Danish dialogues. With DanishClass101.com, you can download all the lessons transcript including the dialogues, as a PDF. Print it out and have some fun speaking in Danish!

One of the passengers can answer the quiz available on each of our lessons, while another can correct that person. Listening to someone at a more advanced level of Danish or a better accent is positive and helps you improve.

You can learn Danish offline
Do you have a poor connection or are unable to use the Internet? It’s not a problem for learning Danish! Before you start your commute, use our App to download the lessons you want to study and the podcast you want to listen to in your car, and you will be able to enjoy your lessons offline. Entering a tunnel won’t be a problem anymore. What a pleasure to listen to audio content without having the host freezing every 5 seconds!

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You can learn every day at your own pace
One of the best approaches for learning a language is little by little and often. It’s not efficient to take in a huge amount of information at one time. What you need is to study on a regular basis – a little bit of Danish every day. You commute several days a week, and that is all time you can take advantage of!

You have the freedom to choose the lessons and podcasts you want to focus on, at your own rhythm. You may want to do a little revision or discover how to talk about a new topic. And if you’re wondering what to learn next, you can use the new Learning Paths, which is our customized pathway feature that gives you a step-by-step way to learn Danish without getting lost!

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If you don’t have a car and commute by another method, these tips are still valid! Learning Danish is no longer limited to the classroom or your house; there are so many benefits to learning in your car or elsewhere. Reaching a conversational level will take you less time than you could ever have imagined! Don’t forget to sign up for your Free Lifetime Account and enjoy our content!