Animals in Danish
We thought that it would be useful for all the Danish language learners out there, to know how to name and pronounce animals in Danish … plus a number of Danish expressions with animals.
We don’t know much about animals, but we hope to help you with your Danish pronunciation.
Danish expressions with animals
Der er ingen ko på isen [There is no cow on the ice] .... There are no problems.
En tudse i halsen [A toad in the throat] ... Feel a need to clear your throat.
Have en bjørn på [Have a bear on] ... To be tipsy/drunk.
Se giraffen [See the giraffe] ... See somebody famous or important (to you).
Gå i ged [Go in goat] ... Make a mess of things.
Sluge en kamel [Swallow a camel] ... Accept something you don't like.
Have rotter på loftet [Have rats on the attic] ... Be crazy
En hund efter noget [A dog after something] ... A sucker for something.
Sommerfugle i maven [Summer birds in the stomach] ... To have butterflies in the stomach. To be nervous and/or excited.
Klap lige hesten [Just pat the horse] ... Calm down and relax/take it easy.
Krybe i et musehul [Crawl in a mousehole] ... To be embarrassed.
Så er den ged barberet [So is that goat shaved] ... The work is done/the problem is solved.
Danish pronunciation for animals
Here are some of the most common and uncommon animals we could think of. There are quite a few animal names in Danish, formed by putting two different words together. What better way to work on your vocabulary? 😉
Blæksprutte [Ink sputter] ... Octopus
Edderkop [Venom cup] ... Spider
Næsehorn [Nose horn] ... Rhinoceros
Tusindben [Thousand legs] ... Millipede
Regnorm [Rain worm] ... Earthworm
Næbdyr [Beak animal] ... Platypus
Stinkdyr [Stink animal] ... Skunk
Solsort [Sun black] ... Blackbird
Mariehøne [Marie chicken] ... Ladybird/bug
Flagermus [Flutter mouse] ... Bat
Brandmand [Fireman] ... Jellyfish (stinger)
Vaskebjørn [Wash bear] ... Racoon
Søpindsvin [Sea twig hog] ... Sea urchin
Fårekylling [Sheep chicken] ... Cricket
Flodhest [River horse] ... Hippopotamus
Pindsvin [Twig hog] ... Hedgehog
Sommerfugl [Summer bird] ... Butterfly
Bæltedyr [Belt animal] ... Armadillo
Dovendyr [Lazy animal] ... Sloth
Hugorm [Slash worm] ... Adder
Mosegris [Bog pig] ... Water vole
Bænkebider [Bench biter] ... Woodlouse