pronunciation course

Consonant L

In this lesson we are going to take a look at the consonant L. Consonant L In Norwegian sound /l/ is always pronounced as English /l/ in “leave”. Let’s take a look at some examples: Leke (to play) Lege (doctor) Leve (to live) Lille (small) Klima (climate) Heller (rather)

K pronounced as /ç/

Letter k pronounced as /ç/ Letter K can be also pronounced as /ç/. Letter K is pronounced as /ç/ when it is the first letter of the word before i, y, ei. K is also always pronounced as /ç/ before letter j. This sound is a little tricky for Norwegian language learners because it doesn’t …

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Consonant K

In this lesson, we are going to learn how to pronounce the consonant K. Consonant K Norwegian sound /k/ is pronounced like English /k/ in “card”. For example: Kafé (café) Kald (cold) Klar (ready) Likevel (anyway) Arkitekt (architect)

Consonants X, Z, Q

In this lesson we are going to take a look at the consonants X, Z, Q. Consonants X, Z, Q The letters X, Z, and Q are rather rare in Norwegian. They mostly occur in the loan words, some terms or proper names. Let’s take a closer look. Consonant X Letter X is pronounced as /s/ when it is the first letter of a word. Take a look …

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S pronounced as /ʃ/

S pronounced as /ʃ/ Before letter L letter S is pronounced as /ʃ/. For example: Slappe av (to relax) Slem (bad) Slik (such) Slutt (end) Letter combination -sk before i, y, ei is also pronounced as /ʃ/. Ski (ski) Skei (a town in Norway) Skifte (to change) When other letters follow  -sk, we just pronounce …

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Consonant S

In this lesson we are going to take a look at the consonant S. Consonant S The Norwegian sound /s/ is similar to the English /s/ in “sister”. Let’s listen to some examples: Se (see) Smile (to smile) Lese (read) Savne (miss) Kosmos (cosmos)

Silent G

Sometimes we don’t pronounce letter G at all and it is silent. Let’s take a look at some cases. First of all, /g/ is silent in the ending -ig of adjectives and adverbs. For example: Deilig (delicious; marvellous) Fattig (poor) Heldig (lucky) Latterlig (ridiculous) Note that if we make plural forms of them, /g/ is …

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G pronounced as /ʃ/

Letter G can be also pronounced as /ʃ/. It happens in some words of foreign origin, for example: Beige (beige) Geni (genious) Genre (genre) Generell (general) Ingeniør (engineer) Arrangement (event)

G pronounced as /ŋ/

G is pronounced as /ŋ/ in a letter combination -ng: Remember that /ŋ/ is a nasal sound and it is made in the same position as /k/ and /g/, so the tongue is raised at the back, touching the soft palate and the noise is released through the nose as you try to pronounce /ŋ/. Please …

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A diphthong is formed by the combination of two vowels in one syllable, in which the sound begins as one vowel and moves towards another. There are several diphthongs in the Norwegian language: æu, æi, øy, ɔi, ai. To pronounce any diphthong, you need to say the sound rapidly, basically gliding from the first sound …

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