Questions

Norwegian Lesson 9 (Questions and Misunderstanding)

Duration: 30 mins

This 9th lesson teaches an important aspect in Norwegian which is the interrogative form also called questions. In addition, there is a list of vocabulary terms about misunderstanding and finally some commonly used phrases. 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.

Questions

Being able to ask questions is what makes us curious beings, which in turns broadens our knowledge. It is no different when it comes to learning Norwegian. You will always be asking questions, and the following are some tools to help you in that quest.

The following are the 5 Ws + "how" commonly used adverbs to express the interrogative form. Most likely, whenever a question needs to be asked, one of them should be used. 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.

Interrogative Form in Norwegian

Questions Norwegian Audio
How?hvordan?
What?hva?
When?når?
Where?hvor?
Who?hvem?
Why?hvorfor?

Now we will try to implement the adverbs above into full Norwegian sentences. That way you will be able to use the word not only by itself but embedded in a structure.

Norwegian Questions in a Sentence

Can I come?Kan jeg komme?
Can I help you?Kan jeg hjelpe deg?
Can you help me?Kan du hjelpe meg?
Do you know her?Kjenner du henne?
Do you speak English?Snakker du engelsk?
How difficult is it?Hvor vanskelig er det?
How far is this?Hvor langt er dette?
How much is this?Hvor mye er dette?
How would you like to pay?Hvordan ønsker du å betale?
What is this called?Hva kalles dette?
What is your name?Hva heter du?
What time is it?Hvor mye er klokken?
When can we meet?Når kan vi møtes?
Where do you live?Hvor bor du?
Who is knocking at the door?Hvem banker på døren?
Why is it expensive?Hvorfor er det dyrt?

Questions?

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Vocabulary List about Misunderstanding

There are times when you will not understand what a person said in Norwegian, or simply that you want them to repeat a word. The following are 24 expressions used to clear misunderstandings. Very essential to any conversation!

Misunderstanding in Norwegian

Misunderstanding Norwegian Audio
Can you repeat?Kan du gjenta?
Can you speak slowly?Kan du snakke sakte?
Did you understand what I said?Skjønte du hva jeg sa?
Don't worry!Ikke bekymre deg
Excuse me? (i.e. I beg your pardon?)Unnskyld? / Hva?
How do you say "OK" in French?Hvordan sier man ""OK"" på fransk?
I don't know!Jeg vet ikke!
I don't understand!Jeg forstår ikke!
I need to practice my FrenchJeg trenger å praktisere fransken min.
Is that right?Er det riktig?
Is that wrong?Er det feil?
MistakeUhell / Feil
My French is badFransken min er dårlig
No problem!Ikke noe problem!
QuicklyFort / hurtig
SlowlySakte
Sorry (to apologize)Unnskyld
To speakÅ snakke
What does that word mean in English?Hva betyr det ordet på engelsk?
What is this?Hva er dette?
What should I say?Hva skal jeg si?
What?Hva?
What's that called in French?Hva er det på fransk?
Write it down please!Kan du være så snill å skrive det?

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Daily Conversation in Norwegian

Finally, a list of some common phrases that you might come across from time to time. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Norwegian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Norwegian

English Norwegian Audio
ThisDen / denne
ThatDet
HereHer
ThereDer
In The MorningOm morgenen
In the eveningom kvelden
At NightOm natten
Really!Virkelig!
Look!Se!
Hurry up!Skynd deg!

Fun Facts

Language Quote: The oldest written language was believed to be written in about 4500 BC.

Congratulations! You finished your 9th lesson in Norwegian about questions, and misunderstanding. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Norwegian Lesson 10. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Norwegian homepage.