Danish Verb Tenses

Conjugating regular verbs in the present and past tenses in Danish

Danish Flag

Need more Danish? Try the Danish for Beginners course at Udemy or the audio and video lessons at DanishClass101.com

Danish Verbs

The majority of verbs in Danish end in -e in the infinitive and they are only conjugated according to tense, not subject (i.e. the verb does not change, unlike in English where verbs add -s or -es for he/she/it forms in the present.)

Present Tense
Past Tense
jeg taler I speak jeg talte I spoke
du taler you speak du talte you spoke
han taler he speaks han talte he spoke
hun taler she speaks hun talte she spoke
vi taler we speak vi talte we spoke
i taler you speak i talte you spoke
de taler they speak de talte they spoke
Please note the three present tenses in English (simple, progressive and emphatic) are all translated by one verb form in Danish. Jag taler can mean I speak, I am speaking or I do speak.

More Danish verbs

arbejde to work
spørge to ask
åbne to open
tale to speak
ringe to ring
lukke to close
følge to follow
bygge to build
tænke to think
ryge to smoke
læse to read
købe to buy
tro to believe
bo to live, dwell

Reflexive Verbs

Some verbs in Danish are reflexive verbs, in that the action by the subject is performed by itself. This is comparable to the -self or -selves pronouns used in English with some verbs, such as he behaves himself. Most of the time, verbs that are reflexive in Danish are not reflexive in English. To conjugate these verbs, simply add these pronouns after the verb:
mig myself os ourselves
dig yourself dem yourselves
sig himself/herself/itself sig theirselves


The stem of a verb (the infinitive minus the final -e) is often the imperative or command form:
Imperative Translation
åben! open!
vent! wait!
skriv! write!
læs! read!

Danish Phrases, Vocabulary, and Grammar with free audio


Buy ielanguages.com language tutorials

If you enjoy the tutorials, then please consider buying French, Informal French, Italian, Spanish, German, Swedish, or Dutch Language Tutorials as a PDF e-book with free mp3s and free lifetime updates.

Buy French Tutorial

Buy Informal French

Both French e-books

Buy Italian Tutorial

Buy Spanish Tutorial

Buy German Tutorial

Buy Swedish Tutorial

Buy Dutch Tutorial

Please consider sending a donation of any amount to help support ielanguages.com. Thank you!


Return to top of page

Learn languages with videos and subtitles at FluentU

FluentU offers authentic videos in French, Spanish, German, English, Chinese and Japanese. Learn from captions and translations and enjoy access to ALL languages!

Learn languages with videos and subtitles at Yabla

Learn Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and English with authentic videos by Yabla that include subtitles and translations.

Learn languages by reading Interlinear Books

Learn to read languages with interlinear bilingual books that include the original language and an English translation below in a smaller font.

Udemy Language Learning Courses

Hundreds of free and paid online language learning video courses at Udemy. By native speakers and experts, from Arabic to Zulu.

© | About | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy