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Introduction to Norwegian: 41

The expression how are you doing is also based on the word how in English and in Norwegian. Except Norwegians say, literally, how do you have it? to ask this question.

So, how would you ask how are you? or literally how do you have it?:

  1. Remember that this is literally "how have you it?" The word "how" was "hvordan".
  2. This is "I have it good, thanks".
  3. You are saying "have it good", and using the word "bra" instead of "god". The imperative word for "have" is only two letters long, and comes from the infinitive form.
  4. Do you remember that "hi" was "hei"? Also, you are asking "how have you it?" (Remember that "how" was "hvordan".)
  5. You are saying "I have it good, thanks". Moreover, "morning" was "morgon".
  6. The same word order as in English. "From" was "fra", and where was "hvor".
  7. Norway was "Norge".
  8. Literally: "No, I speak not English."
  9. This sounds similar to "whatfor?"
  10. Your car comes with a bill, remember?
  11. Be careful to use "en" and "et" where appropriate.
  12. You will be saying "the car", thus add the right article to end the word.
  13. Use the word "være" for "be". Be careful as to whether you use "det" or "den".
  14. This is, remember, literally "have it good". Use the word "bra" for "good".
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