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Becky: Hi everyone, welcome back to DanishClass101.com. This is All About lesson 2, The Danish Writing System. In this lesson, Anna and I are going to explain a little bit more about the Danish writing system.

Lesson focus

Anna: That's right! Hi everyone, Anna here. We are going to cover a lot of things in this lesson. Let's start with the alphabet.
Becky: Sure. The Danish alphabet is easy to learn because it is the same as the English alphabet, with an additional 3 vowels.
Anna: Yes, and that’s why the Danish alphabet has 29 letters. But pronunciation is very different from English and one letter as up to several sounds.
Becky: Anna could you quickly go over the alphabet?
Anna: Sure. Let’s start with the vowels: (slow) a, e, i, o, u, y, æ, ø, å
Becky: Okay, and now the consonants.
Anna: (slow) b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, z (pause) All together it sounds like this - a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j ,k , l, m, n, o, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, x, y, z, æ, ø, å
Becky: We’ll talk more about the pronunciation of letters in lesson 4 of this series.
Anna: And together these two lessons will explain all about writing, reading and pronunciation. Be sure to check it out.
Becky: Okay - Let’s explain the 3 extra vowels for our listeners.
Anna: Sure. The three extra vowels are æ, ø, and å, and they come at the very end of the alphabet.
Becky: Sometimes they occur as digraphs, which are two letters that produce one sound when they’re pronounced together. These digraphs most often occur in personal names and geographical names.
Anna: The three vowel letters are pronounced the same as their digraphs, a e “ae,” o e “oe,” and double a “aa.” The letters where implemented in different times in history, the oldest being æ and ø from the 12 century and å is from 18 century but more commonly used after 1948.
Becky: I see, thats pretty recent.
Anna: Yes and thats why you will find the digraph for å double “a” more often than the other two.
Becky: Well, that’s about it for this lesson, but before we go, let’s summarize what we’ve covered. The two most important things we’ve learned are the Danish alphabet and the three additional vowel letters. Please remember that the Danish alphabet has 29 letters, 26 of which are the same as in English.


Anna: Please join us next time to explore the Danish alphabet some more!
Becky: Until next time, bye!
Anna: Farvel!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Hello Listeners! What do you think about the Danish writing system? Is it similar to your writing system?

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Monday at 02:32 AM
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Hi Luca.

Thank you for your comment.

We will take the suggestion into consideration.

That's well done. However, there are a couple of mistakes. Here's what I think you tried to write:

"Jeg tænker også, det er bedre, hvis 'o' og 'h' udtales efter hinanden."

"Tak for lektionen."



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Thursday at 05:27 AM
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Jeg teker også det er bedre hvis ´o´ og ´h´ er udtalt efter hinanden.


I also think that it would be really useful to have the similar sounding words being pronounced after each other..

Tak for lessonen

Thanks for the lesson!

Tuesday at 12:14 PM
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Hi Regina,

Thank you for your comment and feedback!

We will consider your suggestion while working on new content for this site.



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Regina Hadiwinata
Friday at 03:38 AM
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it would be nice to put h,o,and the similar sounded letter one after another and explain the difference :D

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Monday at 04:53 PM
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Hej Sebastien.

Tak for din kommentar. Thanks for commenting. 😄



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Sebastien Porsenna
Friday at 05:16 AM
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The danish writing system is unique in comparison to the writing system in the United States.

Det danske skrivesystem er unikt i forhold til skrive systemet i USA.

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Friday at 04:51 PM
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Hej Ian

Thank you so much for commenting.

We are thrilled to hear that you found the reply useful and that you now have something to refer to when needed.

Hope you will continue to enjoy learning Danish with us.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you!


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Wednesday at 06:22 AM
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The reply to Ricardo from Amalie, on accents and dialects, I found particularly interesting and potentially very useful.

I have copied and pasted this, and printed it out in hard copy, so I have a permanent handy copy for when I want to refer to it. Cheers,


Ian MacKinlay

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Friday at 03:58 AM
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Hi Atom,

Thank you for your comment.

Yes, it will take some practice to master Danish pronunciation, if your tongue is not used to twist in ways enabling you to create certain sounds.

We hope you will take on the challenge and continue to learn Danish with us.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you!


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Tuesday at 03:28 AM
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woooow for pronouncing this 3 strange letters I need at least 3 years to practice and to make my tongue be used to it ....