While there might be some sounds in Norwegian that can be difficult to pronounce, most people find that it is relatively easy to learn. The language has quite a few patterns that are similar to English in terms of intonation. Because of this Norwegian pronunciation should not be overly difficult to grasp.
Pronouncing the Vowels
Even the alphabet is similar to English. The Norwegian alphabet has 29 letters with 9 of them being vowels. The vowels in the language are A, E, I, O, U, Y and Æ Ø and Å.
To pronounce A, the sound is similar to the “a” in the word car. The E in the language is pronounced like the “e” in get. The vowel I is pronounced like the “i” in the word ski, while the vowel O is pronounced with an “oo” sound as in the word school. The vowel U is pronounced like the “u” in flu. The vowel Y is pronounced like the “y” in syrup. Æ is pronounced like the “a” in the word sad, Ø sounds like the “u” in the word burn, and Å sounds like the “o” in born.
Proper pronunciation is one of the keys to speaking the language correctly so people can understand you. While they might be able to forgive poorNorwegian grammar, it can be much more difficult for people to understand what you are saying when you have poor Norwegian pronunciation.
Other Interesting Pieces of Norwegian Pronunciation
When you write Norwegian, you will find that there are some very interesting words that do not look much like English at all. You can find sounds that include clusters of consonants such as skj/sj/kj/k and these have different pronunciations. ND and NG have sounds similar to the word “bang”, but the end of the words that have ND or NG will end more abruptly without the full “g” sound.
You will even find different ways to pronounce the letter “r” in the language. You could roll the “r” or use “r” with a short, sharp sound. Either of these is correct, and you will find that different areas of the Norwegian pronunciation can be a bit different in various parts of the country.
While you can see that some of the sounds can seem a bit tricky to reproduce, they really aren’t that difficult. It is simply a matter of practice. The more you practice your pronunciation the easier it is going to be. As they say, practice makes perfect.