Norwegian – Weeks 2 & 3

I’ll admit, I was sceptical at first, but I’m really having fun learning Norsk. I mean, not that I’m any good at it at all at the moment, and I’m not sure I could hold any type of conversation, but I feel I’m making progress. 

I’m still going strong with Duolingo though. Of course, I’m still a beginner, so I’m mainly just learning names for animals like ‘bjørn’ and ‘hund’, and also food, like ‘ost’, of course! So, for now, at least I know that if I ever find myself in a restaurant or a pet shop in Norway, I should be okay!

Norwegian definitely feels kind of peculiar in some ways; the grammar is really intuitive and I feel like I’m picking it up quickly, but the pronunciation on the other hand is giving me more trouble. I’ve been told Norwegian is physically easier to pronounce than something like Danish or Icelandic, but I’m finding that of Norwegian pretty difficult all the same.

For now, I want to focus on learning the basic numbers – I figure that’ll be a place to continue and that’ll probably give my pronunciation more of a boost as well:

En, to, tre, fire, fem, seks, sju, åtte, ni, ti.

Pretty elegant aren’t they? Some Norwegian numbers sound a bit like they do in German and English ‘En’ sounds slightly like ‘Ein’ in German, or ‘To’ is very clearly a cognate with its English counterpart ‘two’. For those who don’t know, a cognate is when the same word changes into slightly different forms in different languages, in other words, when two words share the same origin.

If you’ve ever studied Norwegian, you’ll probably notice they have three extra vowels in their alphabet as well which produce their own unique sounds; ‘æ’, ‘ø’, and ‘å’. From what I’ve been learning, ‘ø’ makes a rounded ‘uh’ sound with pursed lips, ‘å’ is like a long, fronted ‘o’ sound, but ‘æ’ is a little harder for me to understand. It’s supposed to make a sound half way between an ‘a’ and an ‘e’ which I suppose is like the ‘a’ in ‘apple’, but an actual Norwegian speaker might disagree with me here.

Anyway, this has been my week 2 and 3 update for learning Norwegian Bokmål! Stick around for more updates to come~

Jeg elsker norsk!

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2 Replies to “Norwegian – Weeks 2 & 3”

  1. Interesting read. Look forward to seeing more 🙂 Hope the Norwegian learning goes well. How much time do you spend doing it per day?

    1. Well thank you very much!
      I’d really like to spend more time on Norwegian than I am at the moment – I’m around 5 minutes a day, but as soon as I get through exam season, I’m going to have a lot more time on my hands!

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