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The best podcasts for learning and perfecting your Danish

Once you've learned the basics of Danish, listening to podcasts is one of the best ways of increasing vocabulary and speeding up comprehension. Here are some of the best podcasts out there for Danish learners.

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Podcasts can be a great way to learn Danish while on the move. Photo: Henning Bagger/Ritzau Scanpix

Danish 101

This is more than a podcast, as it’s a whole Danish learning package from beginner to advanced. However, it is the podcast-style audio that is unique about this learning platform, as text is spoken, then repeated at a slower pace and repeated again with a translation so you can really get your ear used to unfamiliar words.

Some of the grammar and vocabulary are then explained in English at the end. It’s very handy for brushing up language skills while on-the-go and great for beginners and intermediate learners. 

Sara & Monopolet podcast

In this podcast from DR, host Sara Bro is joined by three different well-known guests each week to help listeners solve their personal dilemmas. These vary from a hairdressing team wondering how to address their colleague’s bad table manners, to an employee concerned about the scars on her arm and whether she should cover them up at work.

This podcast isn’t recommended for beginners but it’s helpful for intermediate learners to improve their listening skills. It’s long, at 1 hour 40 minutes but each dilemma is relatively short so you don’t need to listen to the whole thing to gain an understanding. There’s a written synopsis of each person’s problem on the website, which means you won’t get completely lost if you don’t understand every word you hear.


This is an advert-free news subscription app where you get short news overviews, in-depth articles, as well as a news podcast about the most important news of the day. The useful thing about this app is that you can choose to either read or listen to the news articles or do both, which is a great exercise for improving language understanding.

Subscription is 129 kroner a month but there are some in-depth news stories on the website you can listen to for free, with text and audio.


In these 30-minute podcasts, you hear hard-hitting stories from different walks of life in Denmark. Baglandet means “back country” and this podcast aims to shine a light on people who have experienced the consequences of certain political decisions.

The latest episodes are around detention centres for young people who have committed serious crimes. The series asks questions about what is being done to stop young people getting to this stage and hears from young offenders in the system. This does require a more advanced level of Danish but the stories are fascinating so it’s worth persevering and re-listening to.

Det Forenede Kongerige

If you are interested in the British music scene, this podcast is for you. Hosts Jonas Hansen and Jesper Odgaard play a whole range of music from British pop, rock and electronic while talking about its history and stories about the bands.

The hosts do speak quite quickly, so it’s helpful to have music in between the chat so your brain can have a rest from deciphering the Danish.

Hvem er…

Translated as ‘Who is…’, this podcast tells you about the person behind some of Denmark’s most well known music. Musicians such as Volbeat, Kesi and Benjamin Lasnier talk about their lives, dreams and the realities of performing. 

Although you will need to know quite a lot of vocabulary, the host does speak clearly and it’s a great way to learn more about Denmark’s music scene. There are snippets of music between the conversation but it is primarily a speaking podcast.

READ MORE: Five tips that make it easier to learn Danish

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Seven phrases you need for getting romantic in Danish

Valentine’s day has arrived, so here are some essential phrases to help you woo your Danish crush.

Seven phrases you need for getting romantic in Danish

Jeg har sommerfugle i maven

The feeling of excitement and anticipation when you set eyes on your crush is the same for Danes as it is for English-native speakers, it seems: the phrase “having butterflies in the stomach” – or sommerfugle i maven – is widely used in Denmark too. 

Jeg er vild med dig

Before you reach the being-in-love part of a relationship, you may find yourself being vild med someone.

This translates directly to “I’m crazy about you”, but it can have a somewhat softer meaning in Danish, depending on the context.

You can tell a friend jeg er lidt vild med Christian if you have a crush on Christian, but if you go over to Christian and say jeg er vild med dig, you’ll probably embarrass Christian unless you pick your moment wisely.

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Jeg tænder på dig

If you want to take things up a notch from hand-holding, you might want to drop this one into conversation with your beau. 

At tænde literally means “to switch on” in Danish, but in the context of love, it means “to turn on”. 

Be warned though: if you are not charming enough, the object of your affections might find they tænder af (get turned off) by your advances.

Du har smukke øjne

A stone-cold dating classic or the cheesiest line of all time?

Saying “you have beautiful eyes” could bring a smile to your Danish sweetheart’s face. But use it appropriately: Danes do not like superficial compliments or empty statements of any kind. Flattery falls into this category.

Like most of the lines in this list, context is everything and you should only say this phrase to someone with whom you already have an established relationship.

If you do know each other well, you can replace øjne (“eyes”) with any other part that you find particularly beautiful. Ahem.

Jeg er forelsket i dig

Forelsket means “to be in love with” and is an elegant way of telling someone you’ve fallen for them, or have a crush on them.

It’s both romantic and concise – what’s not to like?

At forelske sig i is a reflexive verb meaning to fall in love with something or someone. The perfect Valentine’s vocabulary.

Vil du være min kæreste?

In the modern world it might not always be clear where you stand with your lover in terms of exclusivity. 

To clear things up and move to the next level by becoming an official girlfriend or boyfriend you can ask this question, which means “Do you want to be my boyfriend/girlfriend?”

The gender-neutral noun kæreste means both girlfriend and boyfriend, so at least you won’t have to worry about grammar when about to pop the big question.

Hopefully, they won’t say jeg leder ikke efter noget seriøst lige nu (“I’m not looking for anything serious at the moment”).

Jeg elsker dig

The most romantic line of all, “I love you” should be kept firmly in your locker if you are on a Valentine’s first date.

On the other hand, what better moment than February 14th to break out the big one and tell your kæreste that you are håbløst forelsket (hopelessly in love) with them?