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What is the difference between "siger" and "snakker"?

Both can be translated as "to say" - am I right?

October 11, 2014



sige is to say something to somebody. For example, I could sige to you that your question is good.

tale is to speak with, to talk to or to converse with somebody. For example, we could tale about the fact that your question is good.

snakke is also to speak with, to talk to or to converse with somebody, although it's not as formal as tale. For example, we could snakke about the fact that your question is good.

konversere is ... also ... like tale and snakke, but absolutely the most formal way to say it. For example, we could konversere about the fact that your question is good.

May my post help you

EDIT: Thanks to eagersnap for correcting me. The only right way to spell "konversere" in Danish is with a "c"

November 7, 2014


I agree with the above, except one thing: In Danish the spelling would be "konversere", not "conversere"

November 8, 2014


Oh, of course. I don't know what I was thinking. I always hate when Danes use "c" where "k" should be used, like "cacao"/"kakao" - and now I am doing the mistake myself.

November 8, 2014


Jeg snakker dansk means 'I speak Danish'. I'm not certain, but I think siger is to say/talk and snakker is more so to speak.

October 11, 2014


at sige is to say, at tale and at snakke are to speak. as far as I know, at snakke is being used more than at tale now.

jeg snakke/taler engelsk - I speak English, en and siger godmorgen - a duck says good morning.

October 12, 2014


Sige means "to say". It is very focused on a specific message. Snakke means "to talk" or "to converse". It's more about having a conversation with someone.


Jeg siger det til ham = I say it to him

Jeg snakker med ham = I talk with him

October 11, 2014


I assume in German it would be "sagen vs. sprechen"

October 11, 2014


fer84, ich weiß, dass du hast dies hier so lange geschrieben, aber ich wollte in jedem Fall sagen um einfach nur zu helfen, das es wäre besser geklärt wie: ''siger'' als sagen und ''snakker'' oder ''taler'' als reden!

Zumindest das ist was ich denke! Hoffe davon, dass es hilft!

November 30, 2017


Tak! :)

October 11, 2014


It might be similar to the French, 'parler' and 'dire' and 'raconter'.

August 10, 2015


snakke means more to chat. One would snakke with friends.

June 3, 2019
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