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Hey Listeners! What word would you add to this list? Leave a comment below!
Thank you for your comment. I am happy to hear that you are liking the Norwegian language!
As for your question, there are actually many more ways to pronounce the “r” in Norwegian than these two. In this case, the first “r” differ from the last due to, as you say, the letters which come before or after the “r”. In these cases, I am afraid there are no set rules, you just have to memorize the words.
In addition, the “r” is one of the letters which differ strongly in pronounciation with the different dialects in Norway. Therefore there is no single pronounciation of the “r”.
I hope this was helpful!
Med vennlig hilsen,
Hei! (I’m a native English speaker, obviously.)
I do not think that these 10 words are necessarily very difficult to pronounce; it’s the vowels (a, å, e, æ, i, o, ø, u, og y) when they’re in different words. First, there is no English equivalent for the Norwegian pronounciation of the vowels ø, u, and y. It just takes practice. But what was more confusing for me was the example sentences for the words.
Like “bartenderen…” in the øl example, and the first “r” in the word is pronounced quickly and sharply (e.g., smarte), while the last “r” is soft/lightly-rolled (e.g., Herr, eller, heter, etc.) There appears two different ways to pronounce “r” in Norwegian. Is this due to the vowel (a or e) before the “r”?
Anyhow, these words would be easy for almost ALL English speakers if the vowels were mastered beforehand. Beautiful language, and I cannot wait to use it in Norway!
“Engelsk” is a hard word for non-speakers to to say with the lsk! Good to hear that it was helpful to listen to it several times. Hopefully you said it out several times too?
Good look with your pronunciating practice!
Thank you for your comment! Sogn and Fjordane is a very good suggestion!
I agree that “engelsk” is difficult to say. It was good to listen mange, mange ganger.
This is excellent. Please add Sogn og Fjordane