Greetings in Danish

One of the best places to start when learning a new language is to learn its greetings. This is the easiest thing to practice as you use them everyday when you meet people. So here is an overview of the most common greetings in Danish:

 

Hello – Hej

Good morning – Godmorgen

Good day – Goddag

Good evening – Godaften

Good night – Godnat

 

What’s up – Hvad så?

How are you doing? – Hvordan går det?

I’m good, and you? – Det går godt, hvad med dig?

Nice to meet you – Hyggeligt at møde dig

Good bye – Farvel

See you – Vi ses

Good luck – Held og lykke

 

I’m sorry – Undskyld

Excuse me – Undskyld mig

Thank you – Tak

You’re welcome – Det var så lidt

 

As with any other language there are myriads of variants (especially in local dialects), but if you learn these listed above you’re pretty good to go.

 

In Denmark it’s custom to shake hands when you greet either somebody for the first time or an acquaintance or colleague. For friends it varies a lot how they greet, but most people hug. It’s also not unusual to greet with a nod, a tip of the hat or by waving your hand, as long as you remember to smile while you do it 😉

 

So now, go out there and practice some greetings!

If you’re shy and don’t know where to find anybody to greet I have a little hack I use myself when I practice foreign languages with the locals: Go to a café or a supermarket and practice with the staff. They are paid to serve you, so you can talk to them as much as you want – it’s a part of their service.

 

Have fun with greeting people and let me know how it goes 🙂

 

Do you also want to learn some useful phrases for your first Danish Lesson?

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