Lesson 2 - Hallo!
Another common greeting. Mostly used in informal situations, or when answering a phone call.
The vowel «a» is pronounced as the «a» in English «large». In this case however, the «a» is short. A vowel before a double consonant (in this case «ll») is always short.
Eg heiter Maria.
I am named Maria.
My name is Maria.
Eg er frå Fillipinane.
I am from The Phillipines
I am from the Philippines.
Norwegian has three special vowels which you don't find in the English alphabet. «Å» is an «a» with a small ring on top, and is pronounced as the «augh» in «caught». Originally this was a long «a» sound, and in older texts you will see it written as a double «a». Use «aa» if you need to write it, but don't have a key for it on your keyboard.
Eg skal ta fly til Noreg.
I shall take aeroplane to Norway.
I will take a plane to Norway.
The Norwegian word «skal» is the same word as the English word «shall», but it is used a lot more in Norwegian than in English. When translated into modern English, it is usually translated into «will» or «going to»,
A Norwegian «y» is pronounced close to the «y» in «softly».
Eg skal studere i Bergen.
I shall study in Bergen.
I am going to study in Bergen.