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Hei. Hello and welcome to Norwegian Survival Phrases brought to you by NorwegianClass101.com
This course is to sign to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Norway. You´ll be surprised at how far a little Norwegian will go. Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by NorwegianClass101.com and there you´ll find the accompanying pdf and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.
Norwegian Survival Phrases. Lesson 8.
I Don´t Understand in Norwegian.
In this lesson , we shall see a very useful phrase meaning, "I don't understand." It is of course very useful because many times you won't immediately understand what people are saying.
In Norwegian, "I don't understand" is Jeg forstår ikke. Jeg forstår ikke. Let´s break it down by syllable: Jeg forstår ikke. Now, let´s hear it once again: jeg forstår ikke. The first word Jeg means, "I." Jeg, and jeg. Forstår, which in Norwegian is "to understand" in the present tense, follows this. Forstår, and forstår. Ikke is Norwegian for "not." Ikke, ikke. To recap, we have Jeg forstår ikke. Literally, this means, "I understand not."
Now let's look at another phrase, Jeg vet ikke, which means, "I don't know." Let´s say it slowly now: jeg vet ikke, and jeg vet ikke. The word vet means, "to know" in the present tense. And at last, Ikke. Ikke.
Another way to express that you don't understand is by telling someone "I don't speak Norwegian." This phrase in Norwegian is Jeg snakker ikke norsk. Let´s break it down by syllable: jeg snakker ikke norsk. Now, let´s hear it once again: jeg snakker ikke norsk. The first word Jeg means, "I." This is followed by snakker, which in English is "to speak" in the present tense. Snakker. Snakker. And snakker. This is followed by ikke, which means, "not." ikke, ikke. The last word is Norsk. Norsk. Norsk. It means, "Norwegian." Again, the whole sentence: Jeg snakker ikke norsk. Jeg snakker ikke norsk. Jeg snakker ikke norsk.
Okay, the closeout todays lesson, would like you to practice what you´ve just learned. I´ll provide you with the equivalent of the phrase and you´re responsible for shouting it aloud. You have a few seconds before I give you the answer. Så lykke til, which means good luck in Norwegian.
I don´t understand.
Jeg forstår ikke.
Jeg forstår ikke.
Jeg forstår ikke.
I don´t know.
Jeg vet ikke.
Jeg vet ikke.
Jeg vet ikke.
I don´t speak Norwegian.
Jeg snakker ikke norsk.
Jeg snakker ikke norsk.
Jeg snakker ikke norsk.
Alright, that´s going to do it for this lesson. Remember to stop by NorwegianClass101.com and pick up the accompanying pdf. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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NorwegianClass101.com
Monday at 6:30 pm
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Now you’ll be able to say that you don’t understand something - very important to know!

Thursday at 4:41 pm
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Hei Stu,

Thank you for commenting.

I understand your frustration! You can probably add a language on your computer, and choose to have a Norwegian keyboard when you are doing the quiz (this would be on your computer, probably under “languages” in the system preferences window.), and then switch back to an English keyboard after. The extra Norwegian letters would then take these places:
ø = ;
æ = ‘
å = [

Hope this helps you!

Best,

Patrick
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Stu Baumann
Sunday at 12:24 am
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Keyboard does not have the extra three Norwegian vowels, so I can’t “pass” the quiz.😞

Monday at 3:33 pm
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Hello Jalaluddin Qiami,

Thank you for posting.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Have you tried opening the website with a different browser or downloading the mp3 file on your computer and listening to it with an audio player?
If you still experience the problem after following my advice, please send an email to contactus@norwegianclass101.com

Let us know if you have any further questions.
Sincerely,
Lena
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Jalaluddin Qiami
Friday at 1:40 am
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Hallo! I cannot play it, why?
Could you please help me?

Wednesday at 12:08 am
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Hei, Deborah!

Veldig bra! Let me just correct some small mistakes:
Nå , jeg kan forstå lite norsk.
- Nå kan jeg forstå litt norsk.
- Since you moved “nå” to the front of the sentence, we have to move the verb as well (this can get a bit complicated, so don’t worry too much about it for now)
- lite = little; litt = a little/a bit

Stå på! Keep it up!

Bryce
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Deborah Rossavik
Tuesday at 5:00 pm
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Nå , jeg kan forstå lite norsk.
Tusen takk.❤️️
(Now, I can understand a little norwegian)
lol i am now writing in Norenglish , can has become kan.😜

Monday at 11:57 pm
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Hei, Aly Abdel Ghaffar!

Tusen takk for komplementet!

Thanks very much for the compliment!

We’re always happy to get feedback, and extra glad when it’s such a positive contribution😄

Bryce

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Aly Abdel Ghaffar
Monday at 2:33 pm
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thank you the teacher is very good in his profession he prounnice and repeat several times, so any one can follow