Danish Audio-files

Danish Vowels

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Mouth Unrounded Rounded   Unrounded Rounded  
Closed [i] [ü] [u] sine, syne, Sune
Half closed [e] [ø] [o] sinde, synde, sone
Half open [æ] [ö] [å] sende, sønne, sunde
Open [ä] [a] [å2] sande, samme, somme

        

[ä] and [än'] (duck), kan [kän'] (can), land [län'] (country), mand [män'] (man)
have [hä:væ] (garden), lave [lä:væ] (make), mave [mä:væ] (belly), lade [lä:æ] (let)
a1
a2
[a] far [far] (dad), tak [tag] (thanks), lang [lañ'] (long), gammel [gam(æ)l] (old)
Arne [a:næ] (name), larme [la:mæ] (make noise), fare [fa:] (danger)
a3
a4
[e] en [e'n] (one), sen [se'n] (late), ske [sge'] (spoon), lidt [led] (a little), fik [feg] (got)
ene [e:næ] (the one), leve [le:væ] (live), hende [henæ] (her), spille [sbelæ] (play)
e1
e2
[æ] væk [væg] (away), men [mæn] (but), hest [hæsd] (horse), ven [væn] (friend)
læse [læ:sæ] (read, blæse [blæ:sæ] (blow), æble [æ:blæ] (apple), æg [æ'g] (egg(s))
vejr [væ'a] (veather), præst [præsd], rest [ræsd] (rest), ærgre [æuræ] (annoy)
e3
e4
e5
[ø] løb [lø'b] (run), sø [sø'] (lake), sød [sø'] (sweet), øst [øsd] (east), lyst [løsd] (lust)
øve [ø:væ] (practise), løse [lø:sæ] (solve), tøse [tø:sæ] (girls), øde [ø:æ] (waste)
oe1
oe2
[ö] bøn [bön'] (prayer), løn [lön'] (wages), søn [sön], ønske [önsgæ] (wish)
løg [löi'] (onion), røg [röi'] (smoke), høje [hö:æ] (hills), nøgle [nöilæ] (key)
bøje [bö:yæ] (bend), støje [stö:yæ] (make a noise), øje [ö:yæ]
oe3
oe4
oe5
[o] os [o's] (smoke), bo [bo'] (live), sol [so'l] (sun), november [novæm'ba] (november)
skole [sgo:læ] (school), rolig [ro:li] (quiet), bolig [bo:li] (resedence), stole [sto:læ] chairs
o1
o2
[å] hos [hos] (with/at), på [på'], (on), ost [åsd] (cheese)
åben [å:b(æ)n] (open), låne [lå:næ] (borrow), låse [lå:sæ] (lock)
os [ås] (us), bold [bål'd] (ball), kold [kål'] (cold), godt [gåd] (good), stop [ståb]
aa1
aa2
aa3
[i] il [i'l] (hurry), ild [il'] (fire), de [di'] (they), is [is'] (ice), bliv [bliu'] (stay (imp.)),
blive [bli:væ] (stay), give [gi:væ] (give), spise [sbi:sæ] (eat), altid [älti] (always)  
i1
i2
[ü] lys [lüs'] (light), syg [sü'] (sick), hyl [hü'l] (howl), lyd [lü'] (sound), ny [nü'] (new)
lyse [lü:sæ] (light), nyhed [nühe] (novelty), ydmyg [ümü] (humble)
y1
y2
[u] hus [hu's] (house), mus [mu's] (mouse), ud [u'] (out), udgang [ugañ] (exit)
huse [hu:sæ] (house), ude [u:æ] (out), ugle [u:læ] (owl), kulden [kul(æ)n] (the cold)
u1
u2