Calling all Danes
April 18, 2005 2:59 PM Subscribe
København, aka Copenhagen. Is it pronounced ko’p?n ha’g?n OR ko’p?n hä’g?n?
posted by Crushinator to Writing & Language (22 answers total)
Is the 'a' in 'hagen' hard like the 'a' in 'haven' or soft like the 'a' in 'bra'? Webster's dictionary gives both pronunciations with ko’p?n ha’g?n listed first. However, my Dad says he knows people in Denmark who pronounce it ko’p?n hä’g?n. There's currently a bit of a healthy family debate occurring over this issue (I say it ko’p?n ha’g?n).
I will be going to Copenhagen on a student exchange next semester and I want to pronounce it correctly when I tell people where I'm going (as a sidenote, any advice/tips for someone traveling in Copenhagen are also appreciated).