Note about phonetic descriptions
|Pronunciation of certain sounds|
|The hard d|
|en dansker||dan-skə||a Dane|
|at arbejde||aah-by-də||to work|
|The silent d|
|at kende||kɛn-ə||to know|
|The soft d|
|at hedde||heeð||to be called something|
|en måned||mawn-əð||a month|
|Here are a few more examples of the soft d|
|en kode||koo-ð||a code|
|en side||see-ð||a side, a page|
|en periode||pɛ-yoo-ð||a period|
|The soft d is the most difficult Danish sound. The closest it comes to English is the th, but with your tongue extended a bit farther. It doesn't come naturally for English speakers, and requires quite a bit of practice.
To most people it sounds like an l, and it might help to think that it lies somewhere between a d and an l.