Introduction to Norwegian: 23

So we know how to talk about needing (å trenger), wanting (å ville), having (å ha) and so on. The problem is, we can’t use this knowledge fully until we learn to talk about the things that we are doing. For this reason, let’s learn some more words. On the upside, we will be learning words that are similar to those in English (because a lot of the words in Norwegian are anyway).

Norwegian for a house is et hus.

Look at this et again. This is the same et from det. This et actually stands for a (the indefinite article in English).

You could say:

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