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Made on request from Giro/Amaethon. :amuse

Pronounciation:
A: always as in "armor"
E: always as in "end"
I: always as in "internet"
O: always as in "sound" (not including the U, though)
U and Y: always as in "Yumi"
Æ: always as the A in "and"
Ø: always as the U in "gun"
Å: always as the O in "on"

other letters are basically the same, except for some letter combinations I will go through later.

some basic common words:

hey/hello = hei/hallo
(good)bye = hadet (bra)
yes = ja
no = nei
thank you (very much) = (tusen) takk
sorry = unnskyld, beklager
o rly? = å, virkelig?

1 en
2 to
3 tre
4 fire
5 fem
6 seks
7 syv
8 åtte
9 ni
10 ti
 

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Re: Norwegian anyone?

Thanks, Hermie!

Is the following right:

you're welcome - bare hyggelig
welcome back - velkommen tilbake
how are you? - hvordan går det?
doing great - det går bare bra
good morning - god morgen
good night - god natt
you are fantastic - du er fantastisk
I want beer - jeg vil ha øl
I don't want _____ - jeg vil ikke ha ____
sexy girl - sexy jente ( plural - jenter )

Will you have a drink with me - Vil du ta en drink sammen med meg

wtf - bzuh (? XD )
 

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Spot on, GK. :leepose
 

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Re: Norwegian anyone?

XD! We should totally change the :wtf shortcut from :wtf to :bzuh ^_^

So there's 29 letters as opposed to 26 in English?

And I read this book. It had the word Panserbjørne. Does that mean anything? Oh, and how do you pronounce that? XD
 

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Re: Norwegian anyone?

Interesting!
Is there any language Norwegian is related to?
Are there any categories in which Norwegian is classified? I.e. German is an indo-germanic language, French and English are also germanic if I remember correctly.
 

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Amaethon said:
XD! We should totally change the :wtf shortcut from :wtf to :bzuh ^_^
hehe, bzuh doesn't literally mean "wtf", it's just a general noise of puzzlement. :p

So there's 29 letters as opposed to 26 in English?
yup

And I read this book. It had the word Panserbjørne. Does that mean anything? Oh, and how do you pronounce that? XD
"pahn-serr-bjuhr-ne" (the 'uh' being the sound in "gun")
minus the E at the end, it means panzerbear.

Miso said:
Interesting!
Is there any language Norwegian is related to?
Are there any categories in which Norwegian is classified? I.e. German is an indo-germanic language, French and English are also germanic if I remember correctly.
Norwegian, like all the north european languages, decends from Germanic. the written language is very similar to Danish, because Norway was under them for some hundred years.
Also, all of the spoken/written languages in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are so close that people from those countries can communicate without much problem.
 

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Hermie said:
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Also, all of the spoken/written languages in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are so close that people from those countries can communicate without much problem.
Hey, that's really convenient.
Reminds me of Portugal and Spain - those languages are also that similar that you can understand the other - so I've heard.

What's with Norwegian grammar? Can you say that it is similar to English or is it totally different?
As germanic language it shouldn't be the total opposite...?
 

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Panserbjørne... I take it you read one of the books from "His Dark Materials" trilogy? Great books, read 'em all you must! </yoda>
And thank you Hermie for being our sensei! I'm so hyped at being able to pronounce "Panserbjørne"! (makes sense if you also consider the fact I saw the word spelled in Greek which would sound something like "pan-ser-bjorn", "o" as in "rod", norwegian "j", "a", "e' :darn
 

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Anax said:
Panserbjørne... I take it you read one of the books from "His Dark Materials" trilogy? Great books, read 'em all you must! </yoda>
And thank you Hermie for being our sensei! I'm so hyped at being able to pronounce "Panserbjørne"! (makes sense if you also consider the fact I saw the word spelled in Greek which would sound something like "pan-ser-bjorn", "o" as in "rod", norwegian "j", "a", "e' :darn
Indeed. :amuse I actually started reading them when I was in about fifth grade, only I'm rereading them, because I stopped on the Amber Spyglass. So now I'm on the Subtle Knife again, and I'm like "How did I even understand all of this stuff when I was in fifth grade? :S"

Also. The name of an X-Files episode. There was alot of Norwegian dialogue in it, and it's probably what made me want to learn.

It was Død Kalm. What does that mean?
 

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Død Kalm, if i may make a guess: calm like death or something similar? btw, just popping by to say the His Dark Materials books rule!! and saying i have read this and am a little wiser now :p
 

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død means dead or death, Kalm is just a Norwegianisation of "calm", and doesn't mean anything. :p
 

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Ah well, close enough :)
 

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At least we have imagination here!! I love it when I understand things in French, Spanish or even Norwegian through English (or a bit of latin) :amuse

Say, Hermie, would you by any chancebe intersted in writing a piece of text (or a descent length) in Norwegian, using mostly words that Norwegian and English share? I bet it'd be funny as hell if you could/would :amuse
 

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Hermy, I've found plenty of materials for beginners, but none on the intermediate or advanced levels. What should I do? :scry
 

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Sorry, I know little about books on learning Norwegian... I've never had the use for them myself. :sweatdrop


And Anax, that would be almost virtually impossible, there just aren't enough shared words. :(
 

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nu känns det meningslöst att starta en svensk språktråd, det är ju ungefär samma sak..

but youre way better than me at describing how to pronounce things like å, ä, ö.
keep it up!
 

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Thanks. :D Swedish is inferior anyway. XP
 

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LOL
 

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Hehe, flott å kunne sjå ein norsk tråd her og :smile-big
 

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Re: Norwegian anyone?

Hermie said:
Also, all of the spoken/written languages in Norway, Sweden and Denmark are so close that people from those countries can communicate without much problem.
heh... Have you tried speaking to danish people? I sure hope it's easier for you guys in Norway to understand 'em, 'cause I sure can't.
I spent a couple of days there and the only way I could find a shop was to use swedish, english and a great deal of "hand-using*" (God, that just sounds wrong).

*EDIT. Hand gestures! (thx to Boffen :p )
 
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