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Hej, Jeg hedder [name]. Hi everybody! I’m [name].
Welcome to DanishClass101.com’s “Dansk på 3 minutter”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Danish.
In the last lesson, you learned how to be grateful to people by saying Tak. In this lesson you’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Denmark.
Er I klar? Are you ready? Så lad os begynde, so let’s start!
The most used informal greeting is...
[slowly] Hej.
Hej means “hi.” You use it when you meet people and it can be used with anyone.
But it isn’t the only way to greet someone. We also have Goddag.
[Slowly] Goddag. This is a more time-specific greeting and is equivalent to “Hello.”
Literally, Goddag means "good day". As a rule of thumb, you can use Goddag only during the daytime—from morning until evening.
During the evening, we say...
[slowly] Godaften.
Aften is Danish for “evening,” so Godaften means “good evening”.
Finally, in the mornings we say...
[slowly] Godmorgen.
Which means “good morning”.
Goddag, godaften, and godmorgen are used when we meet someone, but when we leave, we don’t say these again.
When parting ways for a long time we usually say-
Hav det godt.
[slowly] Hav det godt.
Hav det godt means “Be well.” But it translates best as “All the best.”
Finally, in Danish we have an expression meaning “see you”. Vi ses.
[slowly] Vi ses.
Now you can greet people in many different ways in Danish!
Let’s review them all again.
When meeting friends or someone we don’t know-
Hei! or Hallo!
When leaving, we say-
Hav det godt.
When leaving, but want to imply “see you” we say-
Vi ses.
It’s easy, isn’t it?
Now it’s time for [name]’s Insights.
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!
During the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase Taler du engelsk? Do you already know it? We'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Dansk på 3 minutter lesson. På gensyn!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Remember the most common Danish greeting? Let's practice here!

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Friday at 11:04 PM
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Hi Leila,

Thank you for commenting.

"På gensyn" literally means "On/at reunion," is equivalent of "See you later."

If you have any other questions, please let us know.

Thank you!


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Saturday at 08:01 PM
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at the end of the lesson she mentioned something på gen sun (not sure if my spelling is right probably wrong) what does it means?