Introduction to Norwegian: 42

The usual answer is I have it fine. You already know how to say that. However, for the answer to this question, Norwegians traditionally use another word for good. Let’s learn it:

Another Norwegian word for good is bra.

Think all is good with my bra, thanks bra-the.

You can use both god and bra to mean good almost interchangeably but Norwegians tend to use bra in I am doing good (this is in contrast to Swedes, who use the word bra all the time). You could think of bra as the word for fine while, god is good if that helps you to remember it.

How would you answer to the question:

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