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Jasmine: Hello, everyone. All About series lesson 14: Top 5 classroom phrases in Norwegian.
Filip: In this lesson, you will learn the top five phrases you will hear in a classroom.
Jasmine: Some are phrases that a teacher would use and some are phrases you can use with a teacher.
Filip: You'll get a head start by already knowing these phrases!
Jasmine: Our first phrase is "Hva betyr…?"
Filip: "Hva betyr…(blank)?" literally translates to, "What means…(blank)?" This is a very useful phrase in the classroom because you can ask your teacher what certain words or ideas in Norwegian.
Jasmine: You would use this phrase by first saying "Hva betyr," and then adding the item you want to know. Could you give us some examples?
Filip: Sure! "Hva betyr biler?" means, "What does biler mean?" and "Hva betyr brukt?" means, "What does brukt mean?"
Jasmine: And what do those words mean, Filip?
Filip: Well, "biler" means "cars," and "brukt" means "used."
Jasmine: Excellent. Our next phrase is "Åpne bøkene deres."
Filip: It literally means, "Open your books." Your teacher might use this phrase to tell the class to open their books to begin reading.
Jasmine: Cool. The next phrase is...
Filip: "Jeg forstår ikke." It literally translates to, "I understand not," but means, "I don't understand."
Jasmine: You would use this phrase if your teacher explains something or says something that you didn't understand.
Filip: Norwegian teachers like it when you use Norwegian to interact in the classroom, even if they have to explain things in English afterward.
Jasmine: So be sure to use this phrase even if you're just saying it to yourself. It's good for your learning!
Filip: The next phrase is "En gang til."
Jasmine: "En gang til" literally translates to, "one time more," but means, "one more time," or "again."
Filip: Norwegian translated directly to English always sounds like something that would come out of Yoda's mouth. I wonder why that is?
Jasmine: I don't know why, but it's true. "En gang til" is a useful phrase in the classroom.
Filip: You can expect your teacher to say this when they want you to repeat something.
Jasmine: Our last phrase is "Forstår du?" "Forstår du?" literally translates as, "Understand you?"
Filip: But again, since Norwegian has sentence structures that remind one of Star Wars, it actually means "Do you understand?"
Jasmine: This question is often used by teachers to make sure the students are understanding what they are explaining.
Filip: Let's recap what we learned in this lesson.
Jasmine: That's a great idea. Can we hear all of those phrases again one more time?
Filip: Sure!
Jasmine: "What does (blank) mean?"
Filip: "Hva betyr…(blank)?"
Jasmine: "Please open your books."
Filip: "Åpne bøkene deres."
Jasmine: "I don't understand."
Filip: "Jeg forstår ikke."
Jasmine: "One more time."
Filip: "En gang til."
Jasmine: And, "Did you understand?"
Filip: "Forstår du?"
Jasmine: There you have it, all five phrases for the classroom!
Filip: See you next time!
Jasmine: Bye everyone!