Language Studies - Norwegian ☕


i'm using duolingo (for what i'm writing so far; under the Norwegian Bokmål course), and this website to help with pronunciation. some information on this page could be wrong, fyi (i'm figuring things out) if you're interested in my progress, check out my duolingo account, or look below, 'cause i'll post screenshots. they give out some good information. (also i recommend joining duolingo if you want to learn a certain language)

this page'll be updated daily! i might add new boxes/tables containing other content as well. new writings/stories/etc in this language will be posted here too.. eventually..

phrases/words so far with meanings

i'm going to list words/definitions along with what i think they sound like. if you don't understand the basics of pronunciation (like the letter K, for example) then.. skip those parts. norwegian pronunciation is Difficult

"kvinne / kvinner / kvinnen" = woman / women / the woman
"mann / menn" = man / men, sounds like "mon" in monday but instead of a U sound the O seems more pronounced
"du" = you (singular); pronounced "due" or "do", but shorter and more rushed
"er" = are, is, am; sounds like the letter "r" in english, kind of sounds rolled
"en" = a, one, someone; sounds like the letter "n" in english with a harsher tone
"et" = an, one, a
"de" = they, those, the
"dere" = you (plural), yourselves
"ikke" = not, do not, did not
"jeg" = i; sounds like the english word "yay"
"jente" = girl
"jenter" = girls
"jenta" = the girl
"gutt" = boy
"gutter" = boys
"gutten" = the boy
"det" = that, there, it
"hvem" = who, whom
"og" = and, also; sounds like the letter "o" or just the word "oh"
"hun" = she
"han" = he
"hva" = what
"hva er" = what's, what is
"har" = have, does have, have got, has got
"har han" = does he have, has he, he has
"eple" = apple
"vi" = we
"brød" = bread
"drikker" = is drinking, drink, does ... drink
"vann" = water, lake, lakes
"spiser" = are eating, eat, do ... eat
"spiser du" = are you eating, do you eat
"mannen" = the man, the husband
"barn" = child, kid, kids
"brev" = letter
"bok" = book
"engelsk" = English
"norsk" = short for norwegian, most likely used to refer to people who are norwegian, i dunno; former part [of the word] sounds like "nor" (just like the beginning of the word "norwegian", but the latter part of the word has a sharp S sounding ending before the k sound, kind of like "kshhk". sound that out if you don't get it
"snakker" = are talking, am talking, is talking; sounds like "snakey" (snack - ie), but instead of a soft "sna(k)" like "nake", it sounds like "snah". the "er" part sounds like "ie", like in "puppie" if it didn't have a Y instead of "ie"
"skriver" = am writing, are writing; sounds like "scree" and "vid/ved" mashed together
"leser" = am reading, is reading, read; sounds like "leh" (almost like the word "lead" but w/o the a sound) and "sid" together. basically no english "r" sound (from what you'd expect if you speak english) in this word
"hører" = hear, do ... hear, does ... hear
"elsker" = love, do ... love, does ... love
"ser" = do ... see, does ... see
"noe" = something, anything, a thing; basically sounds how you'd expect, like "no". the E sounds more pronounced, though
"barnet" = the child, the kid; sounds like "barn" then "nuh".
"liker" = like, likes, enjoy; "lee" or "li", then "keh"
"meny" = menu
"ris" = rice
"gjør / gjøre" = do
"melk" = milk
"morgen" = morning
"kveld" = evening/night
"dag" = day
"natt" = night


"hvem er du?" = who are you?
"det er et eple" = it is an apple
"vi har ikke brød" = we do not have bread
"dere har en jente og en gutt" = you have a girl and a boy
"akkurat som en krabbe som kommer ut av skallet sitt" = just like a crab coming out of its shell
"er du en jente?" = are you a girl?
"hva drikker hun?" = what is she drinking?
"Mannen har ikke et barn" = the man does not have a child; this one confused me at first because i mistook "har" for just meaning "have". i didn't remember it could also mean "does [insert another word/phrase] have".
"jenta og gutten snakker" = the girl and the boy are talking
"hva leser han?" = what does he read?
"har dere et barn?" = do you have a child?

notes about this language/duolingo/other stuff

alot of words in norwegian REALLY depend on the context you use them. most words have several meanings behind them, and it can get confusing.

pronunciation with norwegian is hard if you're inexperienced with dealing with other languages, or have just spoken english. alot of words/phrases are said differently. ex: r's can be rushed-sounding, while o's sound drawn out.

in the duolingo courses, some definitions have periods inbetween them like "does ... have" which means you can add another word if needed.

definite forms of "the man", "the woman", and etc. image from duolingo. this helped me.

differences b/t "et" and "en" (duolingo forums)

grammatical gender guide / pronouns (ex: I, you, they) / verbs

pronounciation 1, 2, 3, 4. also: special notes on common words

measure words

practice stuff

song translations/poem translations (txt file)