Danish Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

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This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Danish which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page Danish Classes.


Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Danish. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + “how” commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. The table contains 3 columns (English, Danish, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Interrogative Form in Danish

Questions Danish Audio
How? hvordan?
What? hvad?
When? hvornår?
Where? hvor?
Who? hvem?
Why? hvorfor?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Danish sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Danish Questions in a Sentence

Can I come? Må jeg komme?
Can I help you? Kan jeg hjælpe dig?
Can you help me? Kan du hjælpe mig?
Do you know her? Kender du hende?
Do you speak English? Taler du engelsk?
How difficult is it? Hvor svært er det?
How far is this? Hvor langt væk er dette?
How much is this? Hvor meget koster dette?
How would you like to pay? Hvordan ønsker du at betale?
What is this called? Hvad hedder dette?
What is your name? Hvad hedder du?
What time is it? Hvad er klokken?
When can we meet? Hvor kan vi mødes?
Where do you live? Hvor bor du?
Who is knocking at the door? Hvem banker på døren?
Why is it expensive? Hvorfor er det så dyrt?


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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Danish, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Danish

Misunderstanding Danish Audio
Can you repeat? Kan du gentage?
Can you speak slowly? Kan du tale langsomt?
Did you understand what I said? Forstod du hvad jeg sagde?
Don’t worry! Du skal ikke bekymre dig
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?) Undskyld
How do you say “OK” in French? Hvordan siger man OK på fransk?
I don’t know! Det ved jeg ikke!
I don’t understand! Jeg kan ikke forstå!
I need to practice my French Jeg bør øve mig i fransk
Is that right? Er det korrekt?
Is that wrong? Er det forkert?
Mistake Fejl
My French is bad Jeg taler dårligt fransk
No problem! Det er i orden
Quickly Hurtigt
Slowly Langsomt
Sorry (to apologize) Jeg beklager
To speak At tale
What does that word mean in English? Hvad betyder det ord på engelsk?
What is this? Hvad er dette?
What should I say? Hvad burde jeg sige?
What? Hvad?
What’s that called in French? Hvad hedder det på fransk?
Write it down please! Vær venlig at skrive det


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Daily Conversation in Danish

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Danish Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Danish

English Danish Audio
This Dette / denne
That Det / Den
Here Her
There Der
In The Morning Om morgenen
In the evening Om aftenen
At Night Om natten
Really! Virkelig!
Look! Se her!
Hurry up! Skynd dig!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Danish about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Danish Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Danish homepage.

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