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How to Use Norwegian Numbers for Daily Usage


Especially if you’re planning a prolonged visit to Norway, using the correct Norwegian numbers for counting in Norwegian could be very important! Number systems are the other alphabet in any language. In fact, it is a language all of its own, and it serves a multitude of excellent purposes.

Table of Contents

  1. A Brief History of Counting and Number Systems
  2. Why is it Important to Learn Norwegian Numbers?
  3. Learning Norwegian Numbers
  4. Why Choose NorwegianClass101 to Learn all about Norwegian Numbers?

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1. A Brief History of Counting and Number Systems


1. The Ishango Bone

The origin of counting, and with it numbers, is not clear to historians. While their art showed that prehistoric man had a concept of numbers, the first indication of a formal system was found to be only between 20,000 and 35,000 thousand years old. This discovery came around 1960 in the form of the so-called Ishango Bone found in the Congo, Central Africa.

The 10cm/4 inch piece of bone was a fibula from a baboon. It showed markings with a neat, unified pattern of small lines – far too organized and sophisticated to have formed spontaneously. Archeologists believe that those thin markings were carved to keep score of, or count, something. The lines seemed to represent a sequence of prime numbers and a series of duplications. Some even called it the first-ever pocket calculator!

2. Mesopotamia and Greece

Yet, evidence suggests that it wasn’t until about 4,000 years ago that humans truly started counting and using numbers. Together with the development of civilization came developed agriculture, and the need for measurement and score-keeping was increased.

For this reason, a formal number system and mathematics were developed first in the Middle East, in what was then called Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia was roughly situated in the area of modern-day Iraq and Kuwait. Allegedly, the system was pretty simple at first. Citizens used tokens that represented a certain number of items, such as one token equalling four goats, etc. This eventually evolved into a system of score marks pressed into clay, which ultimately went on to influence Greek mathematics.

3. Hindu-Arabic Numbers

Zero, meanwhile, was conceived later and elsewhere. Inspired by the Hindu religion, which allows for the concept of infinity and eternity, the Indians invented a symbol to represent nothing. The magic of the zero lies not in itself but its combination with other numbers.

The Indians were also the creators of today’s numbers, which are often referred to as Hindu-Arabic numbers. These comprise one or a combination of just ten symbols or digits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 0.

Europe learned of this numeric system only around 1200 A.D., when they were introduced to it by an Italian mathematician called Leonardo Pisano Bigollo.

Pisano, also known as Fibonacci, is famous for the discovery of a mathematical sequence with countless applications. Yes, math buffs, it’s the well-known Fibonacci sequence, also called the Golden Mean.

The Roman numeric system, which was clumsy next to the newer inventions, gradually lost popularity in the West. It’s from here that they “slowly spread to conquer the world,” as Steven Law puts it.

2. Why is it Important to Learn Norwegian Numbers?

For us at NorwegianClass101, this is an easy question to answer! Because we know that numbers are a global unifier.

Counting and numbers have made our lives easier since they were first formulated, even in their most primitive forms.

Numbers in Industry

Without knowing your numbers, you can’t properly communicate about or deal with the following:

1) Your date/time of birth, i.e., your age: This is vital information to be able to give to people like doctors, employers, law enforcement, and so forth.

2) Banking: Worldwide, our monetary systems are built on numbers. Interest, credit scores, and loans all rely on math beyond simple finger counting.

3) Time: Without knowing how to say numbers, you can’t talk or ask about the time and expect to get a useful response. You don’t want to miss an appointment or schedule something for the wrong hour!

4) Ordering data: Numbers bring order to a mostly random life! Scientists even say that numbers and the way they are organized underpin the whole universe. From using them to count your meals’ calories and the number of likes your posts get on social media, to drawing up intricate data charts and explaining existence itself – numbers are what makes these things possible.

All of the above and more are reasons why it is important to know your numbers if you plan on travelling or becoming a foreign worker abroad, in Norway or anywhere else!

Little Girl Counting

3. Learning Norwegian Numbers

Now, let’s explore the Norwegian number system a bit more! Take a look at this infographic.

Language Numbers

Can you make out for yourself what the Norwegian numbers between one (1) and nine (9) look and sound like? Easy, right?

Or, if you struggled a bit, no problem. Why not listen to how Norwegian numbers one (1) through ten (10) sound when pronounced by our native Norwegian speaker and friendly NorwegianClass101 teacher?

Then, share with us in the comments your native language’s romanized pronunciation of your number system. We’d love to see all the different ways the same numbers can be pronounced!

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When you have mastered the first ten numbers, you have basically nailed the most significant part of the number system. Well done! Curious to learn the numbers from eleven upward? No problem! Why not subscribe and enroll with us now to immediately enjoy this lesson, teaching you all about Norwegian numbers eleven (11) to one hundred (100)?

Finally, if you’re curious how the numbers look once you’ve broken one hundred, why not check out our Norwegian number vocabulary page? You can see the numbers we’ve just covered, all the way up to four thousand (4,000). Plus, you can also see the Norwegian words for different numbers used in example sentences, to get an idea of how you can use them in your day-to-day conversations!

4. Why Choose NorwegianClass101 to Learn all about Norwegian Numbers?

NorwegianClass101, like all Innovative Language Learning ventures, takes the pain out of learning a new language by adding a lot of fun. It’s never an easy thing to learn a new language, but we formulated all your lessons so they’re nicely bite-sized, and geared to keep you motivated!

Also, we created a great number of fantastic tools to help keep struggle and boredom out of the learning process.

  • Fun and Easy Learning: It’s a commonly-known fact that when learning is made easy and fun, student motivation rises. And as motivation rises, so does the effort to learn – what a beautiful cycle! NorwegianClass101’s language learning system is designed to get you speaking from the onset. Learn at your own convenience and pace with our short, effective, and fun audio podcast lessons. Our Learning Center is comprehensive and state-of-the-art, with a vibrant user community to connect with! Our lessons are recorded with native hosts and voice actors, providing a diverse range of dialects in your lessons. You can be confident that native speakers will understand you when speaking Norwegian!
  • Innovative Learning Tools and Apps: We make it our priority to offer you the best learning tools! These include apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and Mac OSX; eBooks for Kindle, Nook, and iPad; audiobooks; Roku TV and so many more. This means that we took diverse lifestyles into account when we developed our courses, so you can learn anywhere, anytime on a device of your choice. How innovative!
  • Free Resources: Sharing is caring, and for this reason, we share many free resources with our students. For instance, start learning Norwegian with our basic online course by creating a lifetime account – for free! Also get free daily and iTunes lessons, free eBooks, free mobile apps, and free access to our blog and online community. Or how about free Vocabulary Lists? The Norwegian dictionary is for exclusive use by our students, also for free. There’s so much to love about NorwegianClass101…!
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So, why wait? Sign up with NorwegianClass101 right away! Also, let us know in the comments if you’ve used this blog post, or any of the free lessons anywhere to master Norwegian numbers. Or, even better – share your birthdate using what you’ve learned!

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How to Say Sorry in Norwegian


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Table of Contents

  1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Norwegian
  2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Norwegian
  3. Audio Lesson – Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”
  4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Norwegian through NorwegianClass101

1. Common Ways to Say Sorry in Norwegian

3 Ways to Say Sorry

Nobody’s perfect, not anywhere in the world. Everybody makes mistakes, and does and says regrettable things. Then it’s time to apologize, as saying ‘I’m sorry’ is not in vain. It can be very healing! Did you know that hearing a sincerely-meant apology can have a noticeable effect on a person’s body? Research has shown that it slows down breathing and heart rate, and even causes a drop in blood pressure.

Sometimes we cannot fix what’s broken, but we can make the experience a bit easier for anyone who suffered on account of our thoughtless actions or words.

Here are a number of ways to say sorry in Norwegian. In any language, just make sure you really mean it! An insincere apology will not go down well with anyone.

Woman Apologizing

I’m sorry

These words should precede anything else you have to say. Use them sincerely and whenever you are clearly in the wrong. Acknowledging your guilt and apologizing for any wrongdoing will lift your spirits too! Often, remorse can eat away at us, and a simple ‘I’m sorry’, in Norwegian or any other language, can open the door for forgiveness and resolution of a bad situation. It can be a true gift!

Jeg vil gjerne be om unnskyldning.
I would like to apologize.

This is a slightly more formal way to say ‘I’m sorry’ in Norwegian. Use this phrase if you’re addressing your superiors and/or elders.

Jeg beklager så mye.
I sincerely apologize.

If you feel strongly about your apology, this is another slightly more formal phrase to use. Keep it handy for graver errors, or you might come across as insincere!

Jeg skal ikke gjøre det igjen.
I won’t do it again.

A promise you can only make if you intend to keep it! Few things feel as bad as having to hear repeated apologies from someone for the same behavior – it means the ‘sorry’ is not sincere. Don’t be that person!

Jeg skal sørge for å ikke gjøre denne feilen på nytt.
I’ll make sure not to make this mistake again.

A beautifully strong phrase! Again, say this only if you mean it – not just in the moment, but always! A bit more formal, this is an especially good phrase to use when apologizing to superiors and/or elders. It will make an especially good impression at the workplace, where accountability is an excellent quality to display!

Jeg mente det ikke.
I didn’t mean that.

This is a tricky one… What did you mean, then?! Clear up any confusion with sincerity. Also, use this phrase only if the harm done or mistake made was due to an accident, and then admit to thoughtlessness on your part, if appropriate.

Det er min skyld.
It’s my fault.

If the fault is really yours, own up to it. You will gain respect in the eyes of others! However, don’t take the blame when it’s not truly yours. It won’t be good for you, and ultimately you will not be respected much for it.

Jeg beklager for å være så egoistisk.
I’m sorry for being selfish.

This is a good phrase to keep handy, especially for your close relationships. It is difficult to admit you’re selfish, isn’t it?! However, it’s good to know when to be honest. We get used to our loved ones, which often means we forget that they need our good manners and unselfish behavior just as much as strangers do.

Jeg håper du tilgir meg.
I hope you will forgive me.

This is a polite and gentle wish that can smooth over many harsh feelings. It also shows that the other person’s opinion and forgiveness are important to you.

Jeg tar fullt ansvar.
I take full responsibility.

This strong statement is similar to admitting that an error or transgression was your fault. It speaks of courage and the willingness to take remedial action. Good one to use…if you mean it!

Jeg burde ikke ha gjort det.
I shouldn’t have done it.

This phrase is fine to use if you did or said something wrong. It shows, to an extent, your regret for having done or said what you did, and demonstrates that you understand your role in the mistake.

Sorry at jeg gir deg pengene tilbake sent.
Sorry for giving your money back late.

It’s rotten to have to loan money! Yet, it’s equally rotten to have to ask for the repayment of a loan. So, do your best not to pay late in the first place, but if it can’t be helped, this would be a good phrase to use!

Vær så snill og ikke bli sint på meg.
Please don’t be mad at me.

Well, this is not a very advisable phrase to use if you are clearly in the wrong. If someone is justifiably angry with you, asking them not to be mad at you would be an unfair expectation. However, if you did something wrong by accident, and if the consequences were not too serious, this request would be OK.

Beklager at jeg er sen.
Sorry I’m late.

Punctuality is valued in most situations, but if you really cannot help being late, then apologize! This way you show respect for your host, and win their approval.

Jeg beklager for å være slem mot deg.
I apologize for being mean to you.

Acknowledging your own meanness towards someone is no small thing, so good for you! Use this apology only if your intention is to seriously address your mean tendencies, or these words could become meaningless over time.

2. How To Refuse Something Politely in Norwegian

Woman Refusing

Congratulations! Now you know how to apologize in Norwegian! After you have apologized for a mistake, focus on fixing whatever you can, and don’t punish yourself over something that cannot be taken back or reversed. That’s healthy for you! Regret can eat away at the soul, and even destroy it. It is ultimately a useless emotion if it consumes you.

However, in language, we use apologies not only when we’ve transgressed or made mistakes. They come in handy in other situations too, when there has been no wrongdoing. Sometimes we need to express regret for having to refuse a gift, an offer, or an invitation. This can be somewhat tricky. Learn from specialists at NorwegianClass101 about how to use the correct Norwegian words for this kind of ‘sorry’!

3. Survival Phrases “How to Say Sorry”

Say Sorry

On the run and need a quick lesson on how to say sorry in Norwegian? Don’t fret, just listen and repeat! Click here for a recorded short lesson and learn how to give the perfect apology, with perfect pronunciation in Norwegian. A little can go a long way, and you will sound like a native!

4. Why You Will NOT Be Sorry For Learning Norwegian through NorwegianClass101

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Online learning is here to stay, that’s a fact. In 2015, the Digital Learning Compass Partnership released a report based on surveys to determine online enrollment trends in US institutions for higher education. Thirty percent of all their students learned online! And the number is growing! However, how can you be sure you will not regret your choice of an online language learning school? First, look at the school’s credentials and what it has to offer…

  • Fun and Easy Learning: It’s a commonly-known fact that when learning is made easy and fun, student motivation rises. And as motivation rises, so does the effort to learn – what a beautiful cycle! NorwegianClass101’s language learning system is designed to get you speaking from the onset. Learn at your own convenience and pace with our short, effective and fun audio podcast lessons. Our Learning Center is comprehensive and state-of-the-art, with a vibrant user community to connect to! Our lessons are recorded with native hosts and voice actors, providing a diverse range of dialects in your lessons. You can be confident that native speakers will understand you when speaking Norwegian!
  • Innovative Learning Tools and Apps: We make it our priority to offer you the best learning tools! These include apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and Mac OSX; eBooks for Kindle, Nook, and iPad; audiobooks; Roku TV and so many more. This means that we took diverse lifestyles into account when we developed our courses, so you can learn anywhere, anytime on a device of your choice. How innovative!
  • Free Resources: Sharing is caring, and for this reason, we share many free resources with our students. For instance, start learning Norwegian with our basic online course by creating a lifetime account – for free! Also get free daily and iTunes lessons, free eBooks, free mobile apps, and free access to our blog and online community. Or how about free Vocabulary Lists? The Norwegian dictionary is for exclusive use by our students, also for free. There’s so much to love about NorwegianClass101…!
  • Live Hosts and One-on-One Learning: Knowledgeable, energetic hosts present recorded video lessons, and are available for live teaching experiences if you upgrade. This means that in the videos, you get to watch them pronounce those tongue-twisters, as if you’re learning live! Add octane to your learning by upgrading to Premium Plus, and learn two times faster. Your can have your very own Norwegian teacher always with you, ensuring that you learn what you need, when you need to – what a wonderful opportunity to master a new language in record time!
  • Start Where You Are: You don’t know a single Norwegian word? Not to worry, we’ve absolutely got this. Simply enroll in our Absolute Beginner Pathway and start speaking from Lesson 1! As your learning progresses, you can enroll in other pathways to match your Norwegian level, at your own pace, in your own time, in your own place!

After this lesson, you will know almost every ‘sorry for’ in Norwegian, but don’t let it be that you’re sorry for missing a great opportunity. Learning a new language can only enrich your life, and could even open doors towards great opportunities! So don’t wonder if you’ll regret enrolling in NorwegianClass101. It’s the most fun, easy way to learn Norwegian!

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Learn How to Confidently Introduce Yourself In Norwegian


Do you talk with strangers?

If you’ve been to Norway before, or are currently in Norway, you’ve probably noticed that the Norwegian people are pretty informal and casual overall. That is, when you actually get to know them.

Norwegians are known for seeming cold towards strangers. Even after you’ve mastered saying “my name is,” in Norwegian and other introductory sayings, it’s normal to not know the name or age—or anything—about a person you’ve taken the bus with over multiple years!

If you do approach a stranger, there’s a big chance you’ll get a strange look instead of a friendly smile. However, this doesn’t mean that Norwegian people are actually cold. Yes, the weather might be cold. But as a people, Norwegians are warm and friendly.

Women Walking Together in Snow

If you’re in Norway for business, you’ll quickly understand that the hierarchy present in other countries doesn’t exist in Norwegian workplaces, for the most part. It’s not unusual to address your boss similar to how you would a friend. Still, Norwegians have formal ways of speaking and writing, but in daily life it’s not commonly used.

This article will teach you the common and natural ways of introducing yourself in Norwegian. Like in all languages, there are different greetings and ways to introduce yourself, depending on the situation and environment you’re in. They might even change depending on where in the country you are! Don’t worry about this, though, as you’ll be understood no matter where you are in Norway by the time you finish our article!

Table of Contents

  1. How to Greet Others in Norwegian
  2. How to Use “How are You?” in Norwegian
  3. Asking and Saying Your Name
  4. Asking and Saying Your Age
  5. Asking and Telling Where You’re From
  6. Saying Why You’re in Norway
  7. How NorwegianClass101 Can Help You Learn Even More Norwegian!

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1. How to Greet Others in Norwegian

First Encounter

Greetings in Norwegian are usually informal and friendly. There are many ways to greet others in Norwegian, and here we’ll go through some of the more common ones. Most of them have longer and shorter versions, and the shorter ones are more friendly and natural to use. For the most part, it’s recommended to use the informal greetings unless you’ve just met each other.

In the following sections, we’ll go over some common greetings and how they’re used; when introducing yourself in Norwegian, grammar is important for even the simplest greetings.

1- Greeting Friends and Acquaintances

When greeting friends, this is mostly done the informal way. However, as mentioned earlier, there are both longer and shorter versions of most greetings. Here, the longer version is formal, while the shorter one is informal. Also take note that greetings change depending on the age of the person you’re talking to. This is not a rule, but if you speak with older people, you’ll notice that they often use the formal way of greeting.

Let’s take a look at a greeting mostly used with older or adult people you don’t know yet.

Formal Greeting
Hei, hyggelig å møte deg! “Hi, nice to meet you!”

Informal Greeting
Hei, hyggelig! “Hi, nice to meet you!”

Both of these greetings mean the same thing. The formal greeting translates directly in English, but the informal greeting translates directly to “Hi, nice!” These two greetings are usually accompanied by a handshake. Both the formal and informal greetings are polite. It’s recommended to use one of these greetings when you’re meeting people you don’t know yet, or acquaintances of friends.

Now, let’s jump into the most common ways to greet friends.

These greetings are short and simple, and will remind you of the English ways of greeting friends. Most of these are informal and casual, as it’s very rare to greet friends in a formal way. Typically, a friendly hello in Norwegian does the trick. When you learn to introduce yourself in Norwegian, vocabulary is essential; these phrases serve as excellent building blocks for more elaborate greetings!

Hei! “Hi!”
Heisann! “Hi!”
Hallo! “Hello!”
Halla! “Hello!”
Nei, er det deg? “No, is it you?”

Hyggelig å se deg! “Nice to see you!”

Woman Waving to Someone in Distance

One of the above greetings probably peaked your interest, or maybe even confused you a little. The greeting Nei, er det deg? probably sounds strange in English. It’s common in Norway to add Nei in front of certain sentences, greetings, and goodbyes. This does not make the sentence negative. It’s used as an opening for the sentence, and is said in a happy tone. This kind of greeting with Nei in front of it is very common to use for older people, and it’s usually a fun and familiar way to greet someone.

Both Heisann and Hei mean the same thing. Heisann is just a longer way of saying it, mostly used when you didn’t expect to see your friend. Hallo and Halla both mean “Hello,” though keep in mind that Halla is more of a slang word, commonly used among younger people.

When it comes to the formal greeting, Hyggelig å se deg simply means “Nice to see you,” and is a very friendly way of greeting someone you know.

2- Greeting Colleagues

If you’re working or doing business in Norway, it’s important to note that the work environment is casual in most places. This means that the hierarchy in the workplace isn’t as noticeable as in other countries. At times, it can even be difficult to know who the boss is! Greetings in the workplace are often the same as greetings for friends, or similar to those used with acquaintances. Here’s how you’ll typically say “hello” and “nice to meet you” in Norwegian in the workplace.

Hei, hyggelig å treffe deg. “Hi, nice to meet you.”
God dag. “Good day.”

Hallo “Hello”
Hei “Hi”

A new greeting in Norwegian is mentioned here, God dag, meaning “Good day.” This is a very formal way of greeting someone and is rarely used. However, you’ll probably encounter it at least once in a workplace, and it’s normal to reply with the same greeting. The rest of the greetings are similar to how one greets friends and acquaintances.

Hei, hyggelig å treffe deg means the same as Hei, hyggelig å møte deg. The only difference is that treffe is used instead of møte. These words mean the same thing, but carry different weight. Treffe carries more weight compared to møte and therefore sounds more polite, even though both are formal.

3- Greeting Strangers

Introducing Yourself

Greeting strangers in Norwegian isn’t done often. There are some places in Norway, usually more rural areas, where greeting strangers is more common. There are no special greetings for this, and the simple “Hello” or “Hi” is normal to use.

4- Greetings Depending on the Time of Day

Good Morning Cartoon

In Norwegian, there are greetings that depend on the time of day. The times used for these greetings are morning, midday, afternoon, and evening.

A fun fact is that all of these can both be used as greetings and goodbyes. If you want to say goodbye with these greetings, you simply add Ha which means “Have,” in front of the greeting.

So, let’s take a look at more time-specific greetings. As you learn to introduce yourself in Norwegian, phrases like this are immensely helpful.

Morning – Normally used from 7am to 10am.
God morgen! “Good morning!”

Midday – Normally used from 10am to 2pm.
God formiddag! “Good morning!”

Afternoon – Normally used from 2pm to 6pm.
God ettermiddag! “Good afternoon!”

Evening – Normally used from 6pm and out.
God kveld! “Good evening!”

In Norwegian, there is a greeting for “midday” or “noon.” In English, the equivalent is “morning.” The times for when to use these greetings are not set in stone. It’s not unusual to say “good morning” if you wake up late, for example at noon or one o’clock. Just use what you feel is most natural to use depending on the time of the day. For example, some people consider the evening to start later or earlier than six o’clock.

Note that God natt, meaning “Good night,” is not used unless you’re going to bed.

2. How to Use “How are You?” in Norwegian

Something a lot of people are confused about when learning to greet people in Norwegian is the lack of the question “How are you?” When this question is used in Norwegian, it’s used as a genuine question and not just a greeting. You can ask this in a greeting, but you have to note that if you ask this in Norwegian, you will get a genuine answer. This means that you’ll have to prepare for either a positive or negative answer.

Obviously, there are always exceptions to the rule. The answer you get can depend on your relationship with the person you’re asking. If you don’t really know them, there’s a chance of you getting the polite Det går bra, meaning “I’m fine.”

However, when asking a friend, or even a colleague, you’ll usually get a long answer. If you ask someone Hvordan går det? which means “How are you?” and they’re having a bad day, you’ll hear about it. If you’re not prepared or interested in their answer, it’s better to avoid the question.

This also affects you if you’re the one being asked. If a Norwegian asks you this question, they actually wonder or care about how you’re feeling. We’ll talk more about how to answer further down.

1- How to Ask Someone “How are You?” in Norwegian

Woman Chatting Over Drinks

Hvordan går det? “How are you?”
Hvordan har du det? “How are you (feeling)?”

These ways of asking “How are you?” are used in both formal and informal situations. The latter, Hvordan har du det? sounds more like a personal question. Directly translated, it means “How are you feeling?” but it’s still used in all situations. The most commonly used is Hvordan går det?

2- How to Answer “How are You?” in Norwegian

Now, here comes the tricky part. How you answer this question totally depends on you and what you’re comfortable with. It’s okay to answer with a simple Det går bra, but some might take this as you being cold towards them.

Below are a few common ways to answer, depending on your mood. You’ll see that Norwegian people often start with the simple Det går bra or similar answers, but almost always add a sentence or two (or even more) about how they’re feeling that particular day.

Let’s take a look at how to start off the sentence when answering this question.

Det går bra. “It’s fine.”
Jeg har det fint. “I’m fine.”
Joda, bra her. “Sure, all good here.”
Nei, går flott her. “No, everything is great here.”
Bare bra her. “Just fine here.”

These will, and do, sound strange in English. They’re all versions of saying that you’re doing fine. If you’re a beginner in the Norwegian language, it’s best to keep to the simple ones, like the first two listed. It’s good to take note of the others, too, since you’ll hear them (and different versions of them) quite often. As you might have noticed, some of the answers are used without a pronoun (me, I).

Nei, det går. “No, it’s okay.”
Går som det går. “Goes like it goes.”
Ikke særlig bra. “Not that good.”
Nei, ganske dårlig her. “No, pretty bad here.”
Ikke noe særlig. “Nothing much.”

Like some of the positive ones, the negative responses are often used without pronouns. Note that the word går is used often. Går actually means “going/walking,” and is commonly used when explaining how you’re feeling.

Below are some examples of actual answers you can get, or even give if you want to. These use some of the words from above, but with added sentences—which is how you’ll hear the answers in the wild!

Remember that after you’ve answered, always add at least Du da? which means “You?” like you would in English.


  • Det går bra her, jeg er litt sliten da. Men sånn er jo mandager! Du da?
    “It’s good here, I’m tired. But that’s how Mondays are! You?”
  • Det går flott med meg, jeg har ferie om to uker. Hva med deg?
    “I’m doing great, I have my holiday in two weeks. What with you?”
  • Joda, det går! Gleder meg til helgen, jeg skal ut å fiske. Og du da?
    “Sure, it’s good! I’m looking forward to the weekend, I’m going out fishing. And you?”
  • Nei, går flott her, er jo så fint vær!
    “No, it’s going great, the weather is so good!”


  • Nei, det går. Sov litt lite i natt. Du da?
    “No, it’s okay. I didn’t sleep much last night. You?”
  • Joda, veldig sliten. Trente litt hardt i går.
    “Yeah, very tired. Worked out a little hard yesterday.”
  • Ikke så veldig bra, tror jeg begynner å bli syk. Hva med deg da?
    “Not very good, I think I’m starting to catch a cold. How about you?”

3. Asking and Saying Your Name

Woman Holding Question Mark Sign Over Face

Before you learn how to say your name in Norwegian, it’s important to know how to ask for someone else’s. If not, how will you know if someone is asking you? Asking “What’s your name?” in Norwegian is very similar to how you would in English.

Hva heter du? “What’s your name?”
Hva er navnet ditt? “What’s your name?”

Hva er navnet ditt? is informal, but of the two, the more polite way to ask. This is often used among adults or strangers. There’s also a third, less-used way of asking: Hva er ditt navn? which directly translates to “What is your name?” This is the formal way of asking, but it’s very rarely used.

Now that you know how to ask, you need to learn how to answer!

Jeg heter Anders. “My name is Anders.”
Navnet mitt er Anders. “My name is Anders.”

Again, two different ways to answer! Jeg heter is the common way of telling your name. It doesn’t matter if the person asked in a formal or informal way, you can still use this answer. You can also answer with Jeg er, which means “I am.”

4. Asking and Saying Your Age

Asking someone their age is done with a simple question, very similar to the English way. Let’s take a look at how to ask someone about their age.

Hvor gammel er du? “How old are you?”

This is the way everyone will ask for your age. It doesn’t matter if you’re family, friends, colleagues, or strangers.

Now, over to how to answer the question. You can answer in two ways.

Jeg er 30 år gammel. “I’m 30 years old.”
Jeg er 30. “I’m 30.”

Jeg er 30 år gammel means exactly the same as its English counterpart: “I’m 30 years old.” You can also choose to shorten this down, and only answer with Jeg er 30 år, omitting the gammel (meaning “old” in Norwegian). If you want, you can instead just say a simple Jeg er 30.

As you might already have noticed, or will with time, some Norwegian questions or sentences often have both a full version and a shorter version where a word or more is omitted. It can be more polite to say the full sentence, but you won’t raise any eyebrows if you choose to say the short version.

5. Asking and Telling Where You’re From

Countries in Norwegian

In Norwegian, there are a few ways to ask where someone’s from.

Hvor er du fra? “Where are you from?”
Hvor kommer du fra? “Where are you from?”
Hvilket land kommer du fra? “Which country are you from?”

The one you’ll get asked the most when visiting Norway is Hvor kommer du fra? Directly translated, this means “Where are you coming from?” This way of asking, as well as Hvor er du fra? is the informal way of asking. Hvilket land kommer du fra? is still informal, but it’s the most polite way to ask.

If you ask someone Hvor er du fra? there’s a chance that they’ll answer the city that they’re from, or even their nationality, as this question is used for this information as well. It can be considered rude in Norway to ask for someone’s nationality however, so in most cases, they’re referring to country or city when asking this.

So let’s take a look at how to answer this question. We’ll look at how to answer with your country and nationality, plus a combination of both.

Jeg er fra England. “I’m from England.”
Jeg er engelsk. “I’m English.”
Jeg er fra England, men jeg er fransk. “I’m from England, but I’m French.”

The first example is how you answer when you’re asked about which country you’re from. If you’re answering with a city, the sentence is the same, just switch the country with the city.

The second example is for nationality. Below, you’ll find a few examples of how to say different nationalities in Norwegian.

The third example is a combination of both. It’s possible to use a shorter version of this, which would be: Jeg er fra England, men er fransk. Here, you just omit the second pronoun. All of these examples mean the same directly translated from English, which makes them simple to remember!

1- Examples of Countries and Corresponding Nationalities

Amerika/USA “America/USA”
Canada “Canada”
Australia “Australia”
Tyskland “Germany”
Frankrike “France”
Spania “Spain”
Kina “China”
Sør-Korea “South Korea”
England “England”

Amerikansk “American”
Canadisk “Canadian”
Australsk “Australian”
Tysk “German”
Fransk “French”
Spansk “Spanish”
Kinesisk “Chinese”
Sør-Koreansk “South Korean”
Engelsk “English”

6. Saying Why You’re in Norway

About Yourself

The last thing to know when you’re learning to introduce yourself in Norwegian is how to say why you’re in Norway!

Jeg er her på jobb. “I’m here on work.”
Jeg er her på ferie. “I’m here on holiday.”
Jeg besøker familie. “I’m visiting family.”

Usually, the structure is Jeg er her, followed by the reason you’re in Norway. Jeg er her means “I’m here,” so again, it’s the same as in English! The last example shows a different structure. Here, Jeg is followed by the verb besøker. As long as you know the verb you want to use, this is also an easy sentence to use in different situations.

7. How NorwegianClass101 Can Help You Learn Even More Norwegian!

As mentioned throughout this article, there are multiple ways of introducing yourself in Norwegian. If you’re a beginner, it can seem a little overwhelming, and maybe even scary. However, practice makes perfect! Using this article as a reference can really help you when it comes to introducing yourself in Norwegian and making conversation.

You can also check out NorwegianClass101 if you want to learn more Norwegian. Here, you can find in-depth articles that will help you on your way to learning the Norwegian language. Maybe you still want to learn more about Norwegian greetings? Then you can take a look at our blog post about greetings to get a better and more in-depth understanding of the different greetings. If you want to know how to say your age, we have an article all about the numeric system in Norwegian, as well.

NorwegianClass101 has articles for both beginners and advanced users, so no matter where you are in your learning curve, you’ll find something that can help you on your way to mastering the Norwegian language.

Before you go, let us know in the comments how you feel about self-introductions in Norwegian! Do you feel more confident now, or are you still struggling with something? To practice, write us a self-introduction in Norwegian language in the comments. 🙂 We look forward to hearing from you!

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How to Say I Love You in Norwegian – Romantic Word List

Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Norwegian could be just what you need to find it.

Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Norwegian partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At NorwegianClass101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Norwegian lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Norwegian dating easy for you.

Table of Contents

  1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
  2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
  3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
  4. Norwegian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
  5. Norwegian Quotes about Love
  6. Marriage Proposal Lines
  7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
  8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Norwegian Faster?

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1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

So, you have met your Norwegian love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Norwegian word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Norwegian date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

Norwegian Date Phrases

Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

  • Har du lyst til å gå ut å spise middag med meg?

The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Norwegian is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

Are you free this weekend?

  • Er du ledig i helgen?

This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

Would you like to hang out with me?

  • Har du lyst til å henge med meg?

You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

What time shall we meet tomorrow?

  • Når skal vi møtes i morgen?

Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

Where shall we meet?

  • Hvor skal vi møtes?

You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

You look great.

  • Du ser bra ut.

A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit – they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

You are so cute.

  • Du er så søt.

If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

What do you think of this place?

  • Hva synes du om dette stedet?

This another good conversation starter. Show off your Norwegian language skills!

Can I see you again?

  • Kan vi møtes igjen?

So the date went really well – don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

Shall we go somewhere else?

  • Skal vi gå et annet sted?

If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

I know a good place.

  • Jeg vet om et bra sted.

Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

I will drive you home.

  • Jeg kan kjøre deg hjem.

If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

That was a great evening.

  • Det var en flott kveld.

This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

When can I see you again?

  • Når kan jeg se deg igjen?

If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

I’ll call you.

  • Jeg ringer deg.

Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

You learned all the Norwegian phrases to make a date – congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Norwegian below!

Date Ideas in Norwegian


  • museum

If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

candlelit dinner

  • middag med levende lys

A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

go to the zoo

  • gå til dyreparken

This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children – you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

go for a long walk

  • gå en lang tur

Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

go to the opera

  • gå på opera

This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

go to the aquarium

  • gå til et akvarium

Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

walk on the beach

  • gå på stranden

This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

have a picnic

  • gå på piknik

If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

cook a meal together

  • lage mat sammen

If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

have dinner and see a movie

  • spise middag og se en film

This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

Valentine's Day Words in Norwegian

Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Norwegian – think how impressed your date will be!

4. Norwegian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Norwegian yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Norwegian? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Norwegian love on this special day!

Valentine's Day Words in Norwegian

I love you.

  • Jeg elsker deg.

Saying ‘I love you’ in Norwegian carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

You mean so much to me.

  • Du betyr så mye for meg.

This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

Will you be my Valentine?

  • Vil du være min valentine?

With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

You’re so beautiful.

  • Du er så vakker.

If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Norwegian, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

I think of you as more than a friend.

  • Jeg ser på deg som mer enn en venn.

Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Norwegian dating culture.

A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

  • Hundre hjerter ville være for få til å bære all min kjærlighet for deg.

You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

Love is just love. It can never be explained.

  • Kjærlighet er kjærlighet. Det kan aldri bli forklart.

If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

You’re so handsome.

  • Du er så kjekk.

Ladies, this phrase lets your Norwegian love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

I’ve got a crush on you.

  • Jeg er forelsket i deg.

If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

You make me want to be a better man.

  • Du får meg til å ville bli en bedre mann.

Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Norwegian girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

Let all that you do be done in love.

  • La alt dere gjør, skje i kjærlighet.

We hope.

You are my sunshine, my love.

  • Du er min sol, min kjærlighet.

A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

Words can’t describe my love for you.

  • Ord kan ikke beskrive min kjærlighet til deg.

Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

We were meant to be together.

  • Vi var ment til å være sammen.

This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

  • Hvis du tenker på noen mens du leser dette, er du definitivt forelsket.

Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

5. Norwegian Quotes about Love

Norwegian Love Quotes

You’re a love champ! You and your Norwegian lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Norwegian that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

6. Marriage Proposal Lines

Norwegian Marriage Proposal Lines

Wow. Your Norwegian lover is indeed the love of your life – congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Norwegian custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

Norwegian Break-Up Lines

Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Vi må snakke sammen.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Det er ikke deg. Det er meg.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Norwegian lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Jeg er bare ikke klar for denne type forhold.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • La oss bare være venner.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Norwegian, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Jeg tror vi trenger en pause.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Du fortjener bedre.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Vi bør begynne å se andre mennesker.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Jeg trenger mer tid for meg selv.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Jeg tror vi går for fort.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Jeg trenger å fokusere på karrieren min.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Jeg er ikke god nok for deg.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Jeg bare elsker deg ikke lenger.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Vi er bare ikke riktige for hverandre.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Det er for det beste.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Vi har vokst fra hverandre.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Norwegian faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer – of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. NorwegianClass101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Norwegian language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Norwegian Faster!


    1- Being in a love relationship with your Norwegian speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    NorwegianClass101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Norwegian, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Norwegian even faster.

    2- Having your Norwegian romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Norwegian language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies – a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Norwegian lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Norwegian partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why NorwegianClass101 helps you learn Norwegian Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Norwegian is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at NorwegianClass101 is translated into both English and Norwegian. So, while your partner can help you learn Norwegian faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Norwegian Culture
    At NorwegianClass101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Norway. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Norwegian partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Norwegian Phrases
    You now have access to NorwegianClass101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Norwegian soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly – remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How To Say ‘Hello’ in Norwegian, and Other Norwegian Greetings!

    How to Say Hello in Norwegian

    So, you’re heading for Norway to travel or work. Awesome! You’re in for an amazing adventure! It’s a beautiful country, steeped in a rich culture that may be very unlike your own.

    However, showing respect to the locals is a big deal in every country around the world. A respectful manner and attitude could open doors for you that would otherwise remain mystifyingly closed. Aside from just knowing ‘Thank you’ in Norwegian, greeting someone correctly in Norwegian could incline a local to treat you more favorably than otherwise! So, the clever thing to do would be to learn Norwegian greetings before you embark on your journey. Norwegian greetings are different from other languages and probably not what you’d expect. But if learning how to say ‘Hello!’ in Norwegian in easy and fun ways is important to you, you’ve come to the right place at NorwegianClass101.

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    1. Must-Know Norwegian Greetings

    Start straight away with this greeting lesson. It’s short, but it packs a punch!

    This short, but powerful lesson teaches you the basic ways to greet someone correctly in Norwegian! At NorwegianClass101, you will be taught the correct pronunciation and intonation, as well as the correct times to greet in Norwegian. And you will have fun!

    The focus of this lesson is greetings in Norwegian

    Topic 1: How to say “Hello”

    Sentence from the lesson:

    The most used informal greeting is Hei! Hei means “hi.” We use it when we meet people. We can use this greeting with anyone. But it isn’t the only way to greet someone. We also have Hallo. Which means “Hello.”
    There are also time-specific greetings like God dag! (“good day”). As a rule of thumb we can use God dagonly during the daytime—from morning until evening. During the evening we say God kveld! Kveld is Norwegian for “evening,” so God kveld means “good evening.” Finally, in the mornings we say God Morgen Which means “good morning.”

    Topic 2: How to say “Goodbye”

    Sentence from the lesson:
    Ha det bra!

    God morgen, god dag eller god kveld are used when we meet someone, but when we leave, we don’t say these again. When parting ways for a long time we usually say—Ha det bra! Ha det bra means “Be well.” But translates best as “good-bye.” Finally, in Norwegian we have an expression meaning “see you soon.” Sees!

    Language Tip

    In formal situations, Norwegian people commonly greet each other by shaking hands. On the other hand, if we meet someone we are very friendly with and of the same gender, it’s common to give hugs. Don’t be afraid to try it out with your Norwegian friends!

    2. Common Ways to Say Hello in Norwegian

    Norwegian Greetings

    Standing at the airport in a foreign country for the first time can be a somewhat scary experience for anyone, especially if you need assistance. However, don’t worry – at NorwegianClass101 we teach you how to quickly get a local’s attention with friendly, correct Norwegian greetings! You are more likely to get helped this way.

    Here is our Norwegian greetings list of all the general ways to address a person upon meeting. It is tailored for formal and informal situations.

    1- Good morning.

    God morgen.

    ‘Good morning’ in Norwegian is acceptable any time between approximately 5:30am and 12:00pm, when the day is still young. And smile – it’s the universal ice-breaker!

    2- Good evening

    God kveld.

    This greeting is one you would use casually when night begins to fall. Address your friends, close family or close acquaintances, and those who are not your superiors, with this phrase.

    3- How are you?

    Hvordan går det med deg?

    Show your friendly interest in another person’s well-being by asking this question. This is the casual greeting form that you would use with your friends and family. For the sake of the friendship, it would be good to listen carefully to the answer! It shows caring and selflessness on your part.

    4- How have you been?

    Hvordan har du hatt det?

    This is a good question to ask someone you have not seen for a while. The inference is that some catching-up is needed!

    5- What’s up?

    Hva skjer?

    An universally informal and energetic way to greet your friends or equals! Literally, it means ‘What’s going on in your life?’, yet often no answer is expected. It’s just a greeting! Crazy, right?!

    6- Long time no see.

    Lenge siden sist.

    This phrase means is another greeting comment that means “I have not seen you for a while!” Often, no response is expected, except to reciprocate.

    7- Hey!


    This is a friendly exclamation to greet your friends or equals with. Reserve its use more for people you see regularly!

    Saying Hello

    8- Good afternoon.

    God ettermiddag.

    ‘Good afternoon’ in Norwegian is an informal greeting and is used during the second part of the day. The appropriate period falls, in most cultures, from 12:00am till sunset.

    9- How’s it going?

    Hvordan går det?

    This greeting phrase basically means the same as ‘How are things progressing?’, ‘How are things going in your life?’ or even ‘What’s up?’ Depending on the friendship, a lengthy answer is not always expected.

    10- It’s nice to see you again.

    Det er hyggelig å se deg igjen.

    This friendly, welcoming phrase is best used after greeting someone you have not seen for a while. If you mean it, you will make the person feel special! This is a good thing to say to make someone feel welcome in Norwegian.

    11- How’s everything?

    Hvordan går det?

    This is a variation of ‘How’s it going?’ Use casually with your equals or close acquaintances.

    12- How’s your day?

    Hvordan er dagen din?

    Ask this when you’re speaking to your Norwegian friend during the day. It’s a friendly phrase to start a conversation with.

    13- Yo!


    Yo! is English slang and a universal greeting popular among young men of most nationalities. Rather don’t answer the phone with this, unless you know your caller well!

    14- Hello!


    Suitable for use in most settings, situations and persons, this is an important Norwegian greeting to know. Be sure to master this word first at NorwegianClass101!

    15- It’s nice to meet you.

    Det er hyggelig å møte deg.

    When meeting someone for the first time, this is a polite and friendly way to welcome them. It means you are happy to make their acquaintance.

    3. Why Should You Choose NorwegianClass101 To Learn How To Greet In Norwegian?

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    1- Video Presentations with Native Speakers

    Friendly native Norwegian speakers guide you step-by-step through the process of learning vocabulary, phrases and much more. They demonstrate correct pronunciation and emphasis of the words, so as to ensure that you speak like a native when you’re done! Watching the enthusiastic tutors makes not only for a pleasant and more personal experience – it also allows you to copy mouth and lip movements. It’s like learning from your own Norwegian friend in your own home!

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Norwegian

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Norwegian!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Norwegian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can NorwegianClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Norwegian – Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Norwegian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Norwegian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke – spøke
    2. funny – morsom
    3. lie – lyve
    4. surprise – overraske
    5. fool – tosk
    6. deceptive – villedende
    7. April 1st – Første april
    8. humor – humor
    9. sneaky – slesk
    10. prankster – tullebukk
    11. prank – narrestrek
    12. play a joke – tulle med noen

    2. Norwegian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Norwegian Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes – use these April Fools’ phrases in Norwegian to prank your favorite Norwegian friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Norwegian in 1 month.
      • Jeg lærte norsk på en måned.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Alle klasser i dag ble kansellert.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Jeg beklager, men jeg ødela nettopp ditt favorittpar med briller.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Noen har nettopp truffet bilen din.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Jeg skal gifte meg.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Du vant en gratis billett.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Jeg så bilen din ble tauet.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • De gir bort gratis gavekort foran bygningen.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • En kjekk fyr venter på deg utenfor.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • En vakker dame spurte meg om å gi dette telefonnummeret til deg.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Kan du komme ned? Jeg har noe spesielt til deg.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Takk for kjærlighetsbrevet ditt i morges. Jeg kunne aldri ha gjettet følelsene dine.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss – you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

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    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Norwegian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others – the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number – 123-456-7890 – and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank – simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book – smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can NorwegianClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Norway, or if you work for any Norwegian company, knowing the above Norwegian prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Norwegian words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    3 Reasons Why Successful Students Learn Norwegian In the Car

    Not only is it possible to learn Norwegian in your car, there are 3 great benefits that will help you master the language faster and with less effort.

    With everyone so pressed for time these days, it might seem like a daydream to believe that you could learn Norwegian in your car—but it’s not! Thanks to a wide range of new technologies and resources, learning a language in your car is easier than ever. Not only is it easy to learn a language while driving, there are actually a number of benefits, especially if the lessons are part of a structured learning program like NorwegianClass101. Here are three specific benefits to learning Norwegian or any other new language in your car.

    3 reasons why successful students learn norwegian in the car

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    1. Transform Downtime into Progress

    How much time do you spend commuting to and from work? Learning a language in your car transforms your commute time into tangible progress towards your dream. So instead of being stressed over how much time you are “wasting” on errands and daily commutes, you can decompress and have some fun while you learn Norwegian in your car!

    2. Daily Exposure Leads to Passive Learning

    Practice makes perfect and learning a new language is no different. The daily exposure you get when you learn Norwegian while driving helps improve listening comprehension, pronunciation, and of course helps build vocabulary and improve grammar. Don’t worry: You don’t need to memorize everything as you listen in Norwegian while driving. Just having continuous exposure to a foreign language helps you improve your vocabulary, learn faster, and ultimately retain more through passive learning.

    3. Learning While Driving is Fun

    Learning a new language does require a serious commitment, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun! When you learn Norwegian in your car, you get to take some time away from the PC or smartphone and immerse yourself in the language instead of just “studying” it.

    Plus, there are a number of “fun” activities that you can do and still learn in your car, such as:
    – Singing Along with Norwegian Songs
    – Playing Word Games or Trivia
    – Just Listening Along and Seeing How Much You Can Pick Up and Understand

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    Yes, you can learn a language while driving and have loads of fun doing it. Now let’s take a look at some specific things you can listen to while driving to help you learn a new language.

    BONUS: 3 Ways to Learn Norwegian in Your Car

    Listen to Podcasts: Typically designed to focus on one topic or lesson, podcasts are a great way to learn a language while driving. Unfortunately, podcasts are rarely at the same listening/comprehension level as the language learner so listeners may not get their full value. But at NorwegianClass101, our podcasts are created for every skill level so you don’t waste any time on material that isn’t relevant or suited to your exact needs.

    Sing Along to Norwegian Songs: Remember, just immersing yourself in a language can create passive learning and improve your pronunciation. Plus, with NorwegianClass101, you can sing along and memorize the lyrics, and then look the words up and add them to your personal dictionary.

    Playing Word Games or Trivia: There are audio games available online that you can download to any media device and listen to on your commute. Although we recommend this option for more advanced users, games are a fun and productive way to learn Norwegian in your car because they require listening and comprehension skills.

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    You won’t recognize or understand every word you hear in a Norwegian song, podcast, or game—but that’s ok. The daily repetition and immersion in the language leads to passive learning that gradually increases your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation. And the greater your foundation in grammar and vocabulary, the more you’ll understand and learn from the audio lessons, podcasts, or whatever you listen to while learning Norwegian in your car.

    Yes, you can learn Norwegian while driving because it leads to passive learning via daily immersion in the language. Although you may not understand all or even most of what you hear at first, the exposure helps improve pronunciation, vocabulary, and even grammar over time. Learning a language while driving also helps transform your commute into exciting “exotic adventures” that secretly teach you Norwegian in the process. Podcasts, songs, and even games can all help you learn Norwegian in your car while eliminating the “boring commute” in the process!

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