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

Thursday at 3:08 pm
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Hello Isabelle,

Thank you for posting!
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Shaina
Wednesday at 7:35 pm
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Hei! Jeg heter Shaina. Hyggelig.

María A.
Wednesday at 3:45 pm
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Hei, jeg heter María, hyggelig.😁

Cyril
Wednesday at 7:35 am
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Hi,
Jeg heter Cyril. Er det bra nok ?
Nei tuller jeg kommer fra Frankrike å jeg har lyst å lære meg skikkelig norsk.

Isabelle Gomes
Wednesday at 3:56 am
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Hi! Jeg heter Isabelle.
Hyggelig.

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Hei Stephanie,

Jeg heter Patrick. Hvor er du fra?

Hilsen,

Patrick
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Stephanie
Thursday at 9:30 am
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Hei! Mitt navn er Stephanie.

Wednesday at 5:16 pm
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Hello Sharon,
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Hi Eric,
Nice to meet you! 😉

Hello Nora,
Thank you for your feedback.
Please keep practicing!
Have you checked our series on pronunciation? 👍
https://www.norwegianclass101.com/index.php?cat=11

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Nora
Tuesday at 10:09 pm
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La prononciation un peu difficile

Eric
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jeg heter Eric