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INTRODUCTION
Yura:
Hi everyone, Yura here, and welcome to NorwegianClass101.com. This is Absolute Beginner Season 1 Lesson 1 - A gentle introduction to Norwegian.
Filip:
Hei, jeg heter Filip. I’m Filip! Thanks for joining us.
Yura:
In this first lesson, we’ll get started by learning some basic Norwegian introductions. You'll probably meet a lot of people in Norway, so this is going to be the most handy lesson for your stay there.
Filip:
This is a self introduction, and a simple one at that.
Yura:
There are two characters having a conversation.
Filip:
Ola and Kari. Two of the most common Norwegian names. They're meeting each other for the first time.
Yura:
Ok, let's listen to the conversation.

Lesson conversation

Ola:
Hei. Jeg heter Ola.
Kari:
Hei. Mitt navn er Kari.
Ola:
Hyggelig.
Kari:
Hyggelig.
English Host:
Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Ola:
Hei. Jeg heter Ola.
Kari:
Hei. Mitt navn er Kari.
Ola:
Hyggelig.
Kari:
Hyggelig.
English Host:
Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Ola:
Hei. Jeg heter Ola.
Yura:
Hi. I am called Ola.
Kari:
Hei. Mitt navn er Kari.
Yura:
Hi. My name is Kari.
Ola:
Hyggelig.
Yura:
Nice to meet you.
Kari:
Hyggelig.
Yura:
Pleased to meet you.
POST CONVERSATION BANTER
Filip:
As you can see, us Norwegians aren't really into long and formal introductions.
Yura:
In most cases you also skip to only names. Norwegians do like to keep their speech short and concise. That’s why they have words like...
Filip:
"Takk", which means “thank you”.
Yura:
and...
Filip:
"Jepp" which means “sure”, “yes”, “correct” and the list goes on.
Yura:
Yeah, they are both incredibly practical words. “Takk” even sounds like "thanks"!
Filip:
Yes, and while “thanks” is kind of informal, “takk” can be used in formal situations as well. Again, it’s very useful!
Yura:
Takk, I’ll remember to use it more then!
Filip:
Please do! It also makes you sounds more like a native speaker if you use it.
Yura:
Alright! Let’s take a closer look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
VOCAB LIST
Yura:
The first word we shall see is:
Filip:
Hei [natural native speed]
Yura:
Hi.
Filip:
Hei [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
Hei [natural native speed]
Next:
Filip:
Jeg [natural native speed]
Yura:
I
Filip:
Jeg [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
Jeg [natural native speed]
Next:
Filip:
å hete [natural native speed]
Yura:
to be called
Filip:
å hete [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
å hete [natural native speed]
Next:
Filip:
mitt [natural native speed]
Yura:
my
Filip:
mitt [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
mitt [natural native speed]
Next:
Filip:
navn [natural native speed]
Yura:
name
Filip:
navn [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
navn [natural native speed]
Next:
Filip:
å være ('er') [natural native speed]
Yura:
to be (present 'is', 'are')
Filip:
å være ('er') [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
å være ('er') [natural native speed]
Next:
Filip:
hyggelig [natural native speed]
Yura:
pleased to meet you
Filip:
hyggelig [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Filip:
hyggelig [natural native speed]
KEY VOCABULARY AND PHRASES
Yura:
Let's have a closer look at the usage for some of the words and phrases from this lesson. As we said earlier, Norwegians like short, concise sentences.
Filip:
Yes, and that also goes for words. The word "heter", which we covered in the vocabulary, is one of those words. "Heter" means…
Yura:
…“Being called.” We are not talking about being called on the phone, as this word is almost always used in conjunction with a person's name.
Filip:
Yes, you will most probably only hear "heter" in the self-introduction context. In the dialogue, we saw it in the sentence “Jeg heter Ola”, literally, "I am called Ola".
Yura:
This word does actually have other uses, but they are more complex and will be covered in more advanced series.
Filip:
Another example of a practical word is "hyggelig". This word has so many uses it’s hard to count.
Yura:
In our dialogue, though, it means "Pleased to meet you".
Filip:
Right, you can use it when you meet someone for the first time.
Yura:
Okay, now onto the grammar.

Lesson focus

Filip:
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to introduce yourself in Norwegian.
Yura:
What if your companion is, for some reason, hesitant to introduce themselves?
Filip:
Well, it’s okay to become a little aggressive in your desire to get to know them.
Yura:
Yes, just go ahead and ask their name yourself!
Filip:
Hva heter du? This is how your question should sound.
Yura:
Literally, it means "What are you called?". Let`s have a closer look.
Filip:
"Hva"
Yura:
Means "What". Let’s hear it one time again slowly.
Filip:
"Hva"
Yura:
Listeners, repeat after Filip.
Filip:
"Hva"
Yura:
Next
Filip:
"Heter"
Yura:
Means "to be called." Let’s hear it slowly please.
Filip:
"Heter"
Yura:
Listeners, repeat after Filip.
Filip:
"Heter"
Yura:
Next we have...
Filip:
du
Yura:
Meaning, "you". We've heard this one before, but let’s hear it slowly one more time.
Filip:
du
Yura:
Listeners, repeat after Filip.
Filip:
du
Yura:
So all together the question is
Filip:
Hva heter du?
Yura:
Listeners, listen to the phrase, and repeat it out loud.
Filip:
Hva heter du? (Pause) Hva heter du?
Yura:
Now, what about the answer to this question?
Filip:
There are two ways you can say your name, that we used in the dialogue. The first is Jeg heter [name], and the second is Mitt navn er [name].
Yura:
One more time please? Listeners, please repeat.
Filip:
Jeg heter Filip. [pause]
Yura:
This is literally, "I’m called Filip".
Filip:
Right. And then there’s "Mitt navn er Filip".
Yura:
This is more like, "My name is Filip".
Filip:
That’s right. Let’s try a short dialogue.
Yura:
Imagine your name is Kari. Try to answer the question out loud with the phrase we learned in this lesson.
Filip:
Hva heter du? (Pause) Jeg heter Kari.
Yura:
How did you do?
Filip:
Now what do you say if you want to learn someone’s name? Do you remember, listeners? [pause]
Yura:
And the answer is?
Filip:
Hva heter du?
Yura:
Okay, sounding good! And one last thing - how to say "Nice to meet you". Just a quick review.
Filip:
Do you remember? It’s “Hyggelig”.
Yura:
Please repeat.
Filip:
“Hyggelig”[pause]
Yura:
Okay! Well, not too hard for our first Absolute Beinner lesson, huh?
Filip:
No, it isn't. And if you just use this little bit of Norwegian, you will already have gone a long way to impressing anyone you might meet in Norway.
Yura:
That’s right. There’s no better way to signal your interest and respect for the culture than to try to speak a little bit of the language, even if you only know the basics.
Filip:
Well done everyone!
Yura:
That’s it for the first lesson in our Absolute Beginner Series.
Filip:
Thanks for listening. And we hope to see you again soon. Hade!
Yura:
See you next time!

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NorwegianClass101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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What’s your name? Could you introduce yourself in Norwegian?

Saturday at 12:53 pm
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Hei Alexa,

Thank you for you comment!

Both are perfectly fine. “Jeg heter Alexa” means “I am called Alexa”, and “Mitt navn er Alexa” means “My name is Alexa”.

Hope this helps,

Patrick
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Saturday at 12:50 pm
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Hei Khadija,

Thank you for commenting!

Very good! Only one small mistake. It should be “hyggelig”.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us again.

Regards,

Patrick
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Alexa
Saturday at 6:45 pm
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Jeg heter Alexa or Mitt navn er Alexa.: )

khadija
Wednesday at 8:34 am
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hei jeg heter khadija . hyggily
was this right ???😆 thank u

NorwegianClass101.com
Wednesday at 5:40 am
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Hi salvatore,
Thank you for posting, glad to hear that! værsågod! ?

Let us know if you have any questions.

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salvatore
Monday at 6:04 pm
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aww. thank you for that. my girlfriend was very impressed. tusen takk. ?

Terry
Tuesday at 6:00 pm
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Tusen takk Lena 😄

Tuesday at 3:00 pm
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Hi Terry,

Thank you for posting.
To check what’s been said in the audio,
please download the Lesson Transcript PDF,
what you’ll find under the ‘Download PDFs’ drop down menu.

Let us know if you have any questions.

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Terry
Tuesday at 12:57 am
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Hallo! I’m Terry and its my first attempt to learn some (or a lot) Norwegian!
I am trying to understand the language from the sound of the lesson, but have to listen over and over again. Think it could be more helpful if we could see the words written down, as well as hear them, too?

Cheers 😄

Friday at 1:02 pm
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Hello John Savaria,

Thank you for your message! I am glad to meet you here at NorwegianClass101.com and hear that you want to visit Norway someday! It seems you have language sense so I believe you will be able to learn Norwegian faster : ) Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Jae
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