15 facts about the Norwegian language

15 facts about the Norwegian language

The Norwegian language is spoken in Norway and is more than “just another language”.

Norwegian is a wonderful language with a lot of special features. Check these useful words and sentences or attend a language school wherever you want. Maybe the Norwegian language is your next one and you will be happy to get in touch with a new culture.

15 facts about the Norwegian language

#1 The Norwegian language is plugged into the North Germanic languages.

#2 It is also one of the working languages of the Nordic Council.

#3 The Norwegian dialects resemble the Swedish and Danish language. Therefore the communication between speakers of these countries is possible – without big problems.

#4 A Norwegian sentence has usually following structure: subject – predicate – object.

#5 There are about five million speakers who are natives of the Norwegian language.

#6 Over the course of time the language is divided up into four variations.

#7 These four variations are: Bokmål, Riksmål, Nynorsk and Høgnorsk.

#8 The both variations Bokmål and Nynorsk are presumed to be main dialects. In addition they are officially recognized.

#9 Bokmål is predominantly spoken in the North and East of the country. Nynorsk is used in the West of Norway.

#10 For speakers of Norwegian it is easier to follow Danish and Swedisch conversations than for Danish and Swedish speakers following Norwegian conversations. The reason is the location of the country: Norway is between Denmark and Sweden.

#11 The “t” of the definite article (det / -et) isn’t spoken.

#12 The final syllable “-ig” isn’t spoken, too.

#13 The most Norwegian dialects have a rolled R. In addition it is necessary to pronounce the R at the end of a word.

#14 The letters “c”, “q”, “w”, “x” and “z” are only used in a few foreign words which are used in the Norwegian language.

#15 It is easier to learn Faroese or Icelandic for natives of the Norwegian language.

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