The Danish language belongs to the Germanic family language within the Indo-European languages. The language is similar to English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, and Icelandic, all of which descend from the ancient Teutonic language.
There are about 5.5 million speakers mainly in Denmark, but also in Greenland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Canada, the UAE and the United States. Danish was the official language of Norway and also Iceland.
The first written work of Danish literature was Gesta Danorum (History of the Danes) written in Latin to record the early history of Denmark and includes Scandinavian myths and sagas, including the Hamlet story.
The Danish Alphabet (Dansk Alfabet)
Aa (a) Bb (be) Cc (se) Dd (de) Ee (e) Ff (aef) Gg (ge) Hh (hå) Ii (i) Jj (jåd) Kk (kå) Ll (ael) Mm (aem) Nn (aen) Oo (o) Pp (pe) Qq (ku) Rr (aer) Ss (aes) Tt (te) Uu(u) Vv(ve) Ww (dobbelt-ve) Xx(aeks) Yy(y) Zz (saet)
The letters C, Q, W, X and Z are only used in words from other languages. Before 1948, the sound written å was written aa, which can still be seen in some place names such as Aalborg and Aabenraa.
Danish Children’s Songs
Children’s songs are about special times of the year, fun activities that children like to do, and include finger plays and action songs. Here is a list of popular Danish songs:
|Den Lille Ole med ParaplyenHist, Hvor Vejen Slar en BugtHun skal LeveJeg Gik Mig over So Og Land|
Kappe, Klappe, Kage
Lille Peter Edderkop
Nu det Jul Igen
|The Little Sandman with the UmbrellaOver Where the Road Makes a TurnLive for Long (a birthday song)I Traveled Over Sea and Land|
Clap, Clap, Cake
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Now, It’s Christmas Time
Danish Common Words and Phrases
What’s your name?
My name is…
Where are you from?
What time is it?
Hvad hedder du?
Jeg hedder …
Hvorfra kommer du?
Jeg kommer fra …
Hvad er klokken?
Days of the Week