Present Tense

Norwegian Lesson 13 (Present Tense & Survival)

Duration: 30 mins

This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Norwegian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, please email me directly at Norwegian Classes.


The present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the present tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Norwegian, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Present Tense in Norwegian

Present Norwegian Audio
I see youJeg ser deg
I write with a penJeg skriver med en penn
You love applesJeg elsker epler
You give moneyDu gir meg penger
You play tennisDu spiller tennis
He reads a bookHan leser en bok
He understands meHan forstår meg
She has a catHun har en katt
She knows my friendHun kjenner min venn
We want to learnVi ønsker å lære
We think Spanish is easyVi synes spansk er enkelt
You (plural) work hereDere jobber her
You (plural) speak FrenchDere snakker fransk
They drive a carDe kjører bil
They smileDe smiler


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Norwegian

Heart attackHjerteinfarkt
Help mehjelp meg
Stomach achemageknip


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Daily Conversation in Norwegian

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Norwegian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Norwegian

Are you okay?går det bra?
Call a doctor!Ring legen!
Call the ambulance!ring etter ambulanse!
Call the police!ring politiet!
Calm down!Ro deg ned!
I feel sickJeg er dårlig
It hurts hereDet gjør vondt her
It's urgent!Det haster!
Where is the closest pharmacy?hvor er nærmeste apotek?
You look beautiful! (to a woman)Du ser vakker ut!
You have a beautiful nameDu har et vakkert navn
This is my wifeDette er min kone
This is my husbandDette er min mann

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Norwegian about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Norwegian Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Norwegian homepage.