Speak Norwegian Instantly
Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. they are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a Norwegian in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.
Norwegian is in the North Germanic branch of Indo-European languages and is spoken primarily in Norway. It is the kingdom of Norways official language, spoken by around 5 million people. It is so similar to Swedish and Danish, that it is mutually intelligable to those speakers. Now, we are going to learn some valuable Norwegian language phrases, in the hope of making ourselves intelligable to Norwegians.
Exercise 1 : Hello
The first word we will learn is the word every person, around the world, uses to greet each other: Hello. There are formal ways of saying this greeting, but we are on vacation so we'll use the pleasant, informal word.
Just the same as the English greeting: Hi
Norwegian phrase : Hei.
What it means : Hello.
English words : sigh.
Pronounced : high.
Fantastic! Well done! We have learned our first Norwegian phrase
Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?
My first port of call when I arrive at any destination are the toilets. We need to know where they are. We can already say "hello", now let's ask where the bathroom is.
Hvor er toalettet?
Try these English words: more-car-boy-let-uh.
Norwegian phrase : Hvor er toalettet?
What it means : Where are the toilets?
English words : more-pair-boy-let-uh.
Pronounced : vore-air-toy-let-uh.
I use English words to give you a guide on pronunciation. When you have listened to the native speaker, you might think a different word would be better than the one I've used. By all means, use your word. Whatever it takes to make yourself understood.
Exercise 3 : Thank You
What a pleasant word this is. It will always get a response whenever we say it in any language and it can be used in hundreds of situations. Not a single day of our holiday will pass without us needing to use it.
A simple enough word; pronounced as it is spelled.
Norwegian phrase : Takk.
What it means : Thank you.
English words : knock.
Pronounced : tock.
Exercise 4 : Excuse me
Attracting someones attention on vacation will surely happen, whether it be a waiter, a shopkeeper or a passer-by. Use this phrase:
Try these English words: noon-school.
Norwegian phrase : Unnskyld.
What it means : Excuse me.
English words : noon-school.
Pronounced : oon-shool.
Exercise 5 : How Much is it?
As nice as it would be to travel and not spend a single penny, it's just not going to happen. Sooner or later you will want to know how much something costs.
Hvor mye koster det?
Try these English words: more-dear-foster-uh.
Norwegian phrase : Hvor mye koster det?
What it means : How Much is it?
English words : more-tea-uh-foster-uh.
Pronounced : voar-me-uh-coster-dyuh.
As with any language if you know a native speaker of Norwegian then you could try out these phrases with them. They will help you perfect your pronunciation
Exercise 6 : I Would Like
This is a great phrase. We can just point to whatever it is we want and say "I would like". It saves us having to learn the name of everything we might want.
Jeg vil gjerne
Norwegian phrase : Jeg vil gjerne.
What it means : I Would Like.
English words : buy-till-barn-uh.
Pronounced : yigh-vill-yarn-uh.
Exercise 7 : Drinks
Eventually during our stay, we are going to need some refreshment. Why don't we go to a bar or cafe and order some drinks?
En kopp...Et glass...Kaffe...Te...Øl...Melk...Vin...Vann
Norwegian phrase : En kopp kaffe...En kopp te.
What it means : A cup of coffee...A cup of tea.
English words : ten-pop-laugh-uh...ten-pop-may.
Pronounced : en-cop-caff-uh...en-cop-tay.
Norwegian phrase : Et glass øl...melk...vin...vann.
What it means : A glass of beer...milk...wine...water.
English words : mate-floss-doll...elk...pin...con.
Pronounced : ate-gloss-oll...melk...vinn...vonn.
Exercise 8 : Numbers
When we order our drinks we may want more than one. Let's learn the numbers from one to five.
Norwegian phrase : En...To...Tre...Fire...Fem.
What it means : One...Two...Three...Four...Five.
English words : men...do...prey...nearer...mem.
Pronounced : en...too...tray...feera...femm.
Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check
In Norway they have a custom of wanting you to pay for the refreshment and services they have provided. Hence, we will need to ask for the bill.
Kan jeg få regningen?
Norwegian phrase : Kan jeg få regningen?
What it means : The bill/check, please?
English words : tan-buy-paw-my-wing-men.
Pronounced : can-yigh-faw-rye-ning-enn.
Exercise 10 : Goodbye
We began with saying hello, now our vacation is at an end, let's learn to say goodbye.
Ha det bra
Norwegian phrase : Ha det bra.
What it means : Goodbye.
English words : da-lay-bra.
Pronounced : ha-day-brah