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Peter fra LAWednesday 20th of October 2004 01:54:22 AM
Norsk PHRASES 01 -
Under Construction

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Format Used:
English Phrase
Norwegian Phrase /American-English Transcription/

MOST COMMON EXPRESSIONS
De vanligste uttrykk

Yes
Ja /YAH/

No
Nei /NAI/

Please
Vær så snill ...takk /VAR SOH SNEEL TAHK/

Here you are
Værsågod /VAR-SOH-GOO/

Thank you Thanks
Takk /TAHK/

You're welcome
Værsågod velbekomme /VAR-SOH-GOO VEHL-BEH-KOHM-MEH/

Excuse me
Unnskyld /OON-SHEEL/

Perhaps Maybe
Kanskje /KAHN-SHEH/

Hello Hi
Hallo Hei /HAHL-LOO HAI/

Good bye!
Ha det! Farvel! /HAH DEH FAHR-VEHL/

Good day!
God dag! /GOO DAHG/

Good morning!
God morgen! /GOO MOOR-GEHN/

Good evening!
God kveld! /GOO VEHLD/

Good night!
God natt! /GOO NAHT/

Welcome!
Velkommen! /VEHL-KOHM-MEHN/

Have a good trip!
God tur! /GOO TEWR/

Notes:
When starting out you will frequently notice that the letters d, g, and h are often silent in Norwegian:

Land (English meaning: Land) [Phonetic: /LAHN/]
Viktig (English meaning: Important) [Phonetic: /VEEK-TEE/, to my ear the K is rather soft and I sometimes hear it as if it is /VEEG-TEE/]
Hva (English menaing: What) [Phonetic: /VAH/]

Each vowel (a, e, i, o, u, y, æ, ø, å) in a stressed syllable is either long (about three times longer than you are in the habit of holding it) or very short.
MaryamWednesday 20th of October 2004 06:16:00 AM
Hei! - Takk Peter! I love this language very much. I like watching norwegian movies even though I don't understand, I love how it sounds. I will keep coming.

Take care,

Maryam
Peter fra LAWednesday 20th of October 2004 01:28:12 PM
- [quote]Originally posted by Maryam
Takk Peter! I love this language very much. I like watching norwegian movies even though I don't understand, I love how it sounds. I will keep coming.

Take care,

Maryam[/quote]

Tusen Takk for the comment Maryam,

When I get better at this I will have to sing it to you in Classroom. Yes, it may be something as mundane as how to make toast and cook and egg, but you know how you can sit back with your eyes closed and listen to this language and have a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart as your ears slide off the syllables like children sledding in a winter playground. -- A very Norse way of explaining something.

I am trying out some models of building a little learning application inside the discusss at phrasebase that may interest you. I now have links at the top of each Phrase lesson to a main central post which has the transcription guide, a menu of all the Phrase lessons available, and male and female Norwegian names that you can pick for yourself and listen to how they are pronounced (this along is good reinforcement of the way Norwegian is spoken). I am also pin /sticking a few important posts to the top of the list that are important to all visitors to the Norwegian discuss.

Once I am done I can help you with the Spanish discuss if you would like.


MaryamWednesday 20th of October 2004 04:17:59 PM
Wow - I had a look all that you have been doing in this section and it's fantastic. Very well conceived and structured. I am thinking about moving what I wrote on my blog and use it here at Phrasebase; the sections you are creating are really helpful. As for your help once you are done with all this....Vær så snill ... :) I think I am going to consider the way you are building these lessons and apply some similarities to the Spanish discuss. And yes, I am sure about what you say regarding the sound of this language, I find it more special than other nordic languages, still I don't know why. Maybe I will when I will babble something :) Thanks again.
KellendilWednesday 01st of December 2004 02:26:11 PM
- just a quick note on this:

[quote]
Please
Vær så snill ...takk /VAR SOH SNEEL TAHK/
[/quote]
--Fixed the quote, somehow it didn't display properly in a white box. Peter

The two have very diffrent meanings and you can't use them like you use Please in english.
Vær så snill, means please, as in: "Can I have a drink please?"
takk, means thank you, and would typically be used like this:

Takk for de pene blomstrene, which means: thank you for the nice flowers.

another, more polite form, would be: "tusen takk", which means a thousand thanks.

both of these are more commonly used by themselves though, often as a reply to recieving a gift and\or a compliment.

-bra mottak (nice catch)
-takk

-Du har fine øyne (You have pretty eyes)
-tusen takk
Peter fra LAThursday 02nd of December 2004 01:42:36 AM
- [quote]Originally posted by Kellendil
The two have very diffrent meanings and you can't use them like you use Please in english.

Vær så snill, means please, as in: "Can I have a drink please?"
takk, means thank you, and would typically be used like this:

Takk for de pene blomstrene, which means: thank you for the nice flowers.

another, more polite form, would be: "tusen takk", which means a thousand thanks.

both of these are more commonly used by themselves though, often as a reply to recieving a gift and\or a compliment.

-bra mottak (nice catch)
-takk

-Du har fine øyne (You have pretty eyes)
-tusen takk[/quote]

Thank you for the additional usage examples.

I had ...takk written to come at the end of a sentence with the three leading [period / full stop] markings being an indicator to write a norsk sentence ahead of the takk.

What I had in mind when thinking about this was a conversation such as between a multi-lingual group of friends where one might say:

På norsk takk. (In Norwegian please.)

Not having good exposure to Norway I am missing out on a lot of the local ways of using sentence constructions to express ideas. So keep the comments and examples comming please!
KellendilThursday 02nd of December 2004 04:02:38 AM
- Thanks for fixing my qoute ;)

and you are ofcource correct, I feel stupid for not understanding :) Especially since you have the correct form of takk a bit further down..

-Kell
KathyKTuesday 08th of February 2005 12:19:27 PM
- Tusen Takk Peter!!!
And can you give us more important norwegian words?
I realy wanna know how about traveling studying or something like that.
Well, you ar very helpful .
eric151Thursday 10th of February 2005 09:19:54 AM
- ^ you seriously have to get a new avatar, that is so ridiculous