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Becky: Welcome back to DanishClass101.com. This is All About, Lesson 5 - Top 5 Must-Know Phrases for Learning Danish.
Anna: Yes. In this lesson, we'll introduce you to five phrases that will help you every day!

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Becky: Yes, these are phrases that you will be really glad you learned. We'll not only teach you the phrases, but also when and where to use them. In this lesson, we are going to give you the phrase, pause for you to repeat it, explain it and give some examples, then jump to the next phrase. Anna, what’s the first one?
Anna: First up is "Hej." (Pause) The most practical phrase in Danish is "Hej."
Becky: Yes. It is used like the English “hello,” or “hi.” And you can use this greeting in any situation at any time of day.
Anna: When someone greets you with this word, you simply respond with…"Hej." In case you want to use a more fitting greeting for the time of day, you can say “godmorgen” which is “good morning”, and “godaften” meaning “good evening”, instead of “hej.”
Becky: Ok, now the next phrase...
Anna: "Tak skal du have." (Pause)
Becky: It means “thank you.” A well-placed and sincere "Thank you" will always be appreciated when someone has done something nice for you.
Anna: However, you will most likely hear Danish people only saying "Tak" (pause). “Tak” is the shorter version of saying “thank you” and simply means “thanks.”
Becky: So, what would you say if you really wanted to express your gratitude, Anna?
Anna: You could add “mange” which means “many” or “a lot” before “tak,” which gives us “mange tak” (pause).
Becky: This literally means “many thanks” and is equivalent to “thanks a lot” in English.
Anna: If you want to say “no, thanks,” simply add “nej” in front of “tak.” “Nej, tak” (pause). “No, thanks.” The opposite of this is “Ja, tak” where “tak” has become “please” and is to accept something someone has offered you. “Ja, tak” means “Yes, thanks”. All we did was add “ja” which means “yes” in front of “tak.” “Ja, tak” (pause).
Becky: The next phrase is “Excuse me”. If you want to draw somebody’s attention in Danish, when you want to ask about something or when you want to squeeze past somebody in a crowded place, use...
Anna: “Undskyld mig” (pause).
Becky: In most cases, though, when you want to ask the store clerk about a product, your waiter about the menu, or simply a random person on the street about the time or directions, to get someone’s attention you can simply say…
Anna: “Undskyld” (pause).
Becky: This actually means “Sorry” in English and is also the next and final phrase.
Anna: When you want to apologize for something you did, though, you say “Undskyld” (pause). “Jeg er ked af det” is also a way of saying “I’m sorry” in Danish.
Becky: It actually means "I am sad," so this phrase is mainly used when you want to express sympathy for someone else. This includes situations of which you are not a part, or a cause.
Anna: In these situations, you can say “Jeg er ked af det” (pause).


Anna: And that’s all for this lesson!
Becky: We’ve covered the 5 most practical phrases in Danish. Knowing these phrases will take you a long way.
Anna: You'll probably use them every day!
Becky: So keep these phrases in mind and we'll see you next time! Bye!
Anna: Farvel, vi ses!


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Tuesday at 06:30 PM
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Which is your favourite phrase?

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Thursday at 06:19 PM
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Wednesday at 12:16 AM
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Anyone still alive on this course? It seems that nobody comments anymore since a long time

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Monday at 04:09 AM
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Hej Sandra

Thank you for commenting and for sharing.

We are currently working on a Danish Intermediate Series, so hang tight.

In the meantime, we hope you will continue to enjoy the available Danish lessons.

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Thursday at 04:13 PM
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I like the word "Undskyld" :)

Question: why does the Danish course go from 'beginner' straight to 'advanced'? Are there going to be 'intermediate' or in between modules added, like in other 101language courses, or is that it?


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Tuesday at 03:33 AM
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Hej Erica

Jeg er glad for at høre, du kunne bruge forklaringen.

Sig til, hvis du har flere spørgsmål.

Mange tak!


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Thursday at 11:19 AM
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Hej Amalie!

Tak for svaret. Forklaringen om "Tak er kun et fattigt ord" laver det meget klarere! :)


Thank you for the reply. The explanation about "Tak er kun et fattigt ord" makes it much clearer!)

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Tuesday at 06:19 AM
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Hej Erica

Tak for din kommentar.

Jeg bruger også tit "Jeg er ked af det." Det er virkelig en god sætning med mange forskellige betydninger.

"Tak er kun et fattigt ord" literally means "Thank you is merely a poor word," but the deeper meaning is that "tak" does not cover how grateful you are for something or to someone.

Sig til, hvis du har nogle spørgsmål.

Mange tak!


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Wednesday at 06:03 AM
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Of the phrases in this lesson, I like, "Jeg er ked af det." It seems clear for expressing sympathetic "I'm sorry," which is nice. (I've often had the awkward and common English exchange: A: I'm sorry, B: It's not your fault, A: I meant sympathetic I'm sorry). Of course, it's also good to know how to apologize when it's necessary for something I've done myself, and it seems like a good phrase for that, too.

Ricardo and Amalie, I haven't quite figured out from the lessons here how to understand "Tak er et fattigt ord." Does it mean: Thank you is a poor word so it doesn't mean much, or Thank you doesn't cost much so you should say it often, or something else?

Mange tak!

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Tuesday at 03:42 PM
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Hi Ricardo,

Thank you for your comment!

"Tak er et fattigt ord" is such a great sentence to know, and Danes will be surprised and happy when they find out that you know it, too.

If you have any questions, please let us know.

Thank you!


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Ricardo Gimenes Ferreira
Tuesday at 01:49 AM
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Like the danes I know say:

"Tak er et fattigt ord"