Introduction to Norwegian: 16

Let’s learn another similar word, which we use for the same function in English as we do in Norwegian:

Norwegian for to be able to is å kunne.

Literally it is to can. You don’t say to can in English but you do in Norwegian. What’s more, this word doesn’t follow the pattern of becoming jeg kunner either, but it follows the same pattern as å ville - vil does. In fact, even more than that, because the Norwegian word for can is just the same as in English: kan.

What is:

  1. The word you need is være.
  2. The word for "speak" was "snakke".
  3. This is a phrase exactly like in English, except in Norwegian words.
  4. Use "skal" for "will".
  5. Yes, write in the word "gjøre". This phrase is four words long in Norwegian.
  6. Literally: "Want you do it?", and using the word "gjøre".
  7. You use the word "gjøre" twice. Be careful to use "skal" and not "vil" in the sentence.
  8. Remember that you have to say "they want have something" in Norwegian.
  9. "I do not have it" will be literally "I have it not".
  10. "Trenger" already means "need to", thus you will not need that word in the sentence.
  11. "Will" was "skal", remember?
  12. Put "et" right after "hus" (without any spaces).
  13. Remember you are saying "the time".
  14. Think carefully whether it is "det" or "den" this time.
  15. Just put "good" and "night" together.
  16. Use the word "hjelpe".
  17. Use "handhun" to remember the word for "he".
  18. Remember that "the car" is just one word. And, again, "England" is "England".
  19. Use the same word order as in English.
  20. Literally: "what want you?"
  21. Literally: "what have you?"
  22. Use the same word order as in English. From was "fra".
  23. Don't forget to make "house" into "the house".
  24. Use the word order "why speak you Norwegian?"
  25. Remember that this is literally "how have you it?" The word "how" was "hvordan".
  26. This is "I have it good, thanks".
  27. 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.
  28. Do you remember that "hi" was "hei"? Also, you are asking "how have you it?" (Remember that "how" was "hvordan".)
  29. You are saying "I have it good, thanks". Moreover, "morning" was "morgon".
  30. The same word order as in English. "From" was "fra", and where was "hvor".
  31. Norway was "Norge".
  32. Literally: "No, I speak not English."
  33. This sounds similar to "whatfor?"
  34. Your car comes with a bill, remember?
  35. Be careful to use "en" and "et" where appropriate.
  36. You will be saying "the car", thus add the right article to end the word.
  37. Use the word "være" for "be". Be careful as to whether you use "det" or "den".
  38. This is, remember, literally "have it good". Use the word "bra" for "good".
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