Pronunciation course

Other ways to pronounce T

Other ways to pronounce T Many words that end with -ment are not pronounced with /t/ at the end, but as /maŋ/ (like in French) The most common are:  Arrangement (event) Engasjement (engagement) Abonnement (subscription) Reglement (regulations) Departement (department) Kompliment (compliment) But we pronounce /ment/ in these words: argument, instrument, dokument, eksperiment, element. Argument (argument) …

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Silent T

Silent T Sometimes in Norwegian we don’t pronounce certain consonants in words. Letter T can sometimes be silent. T is silent in the definite form of neuter nouns, like in the word “huset”. We write letter “t” at the end of it, but we don’t pronounce it. So, when a definite article is at the …

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O pronounced as /ɔ/

Letter O can be pronounced both as /o/ and /ɔ/. However, the rules for when you pronounce O as /ɔ/ or /o/ are very vague and there are a lot of exceptions. We will mention some common examples that will give you an idea of when to pronounce O as /ɔ/, but the best way …

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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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Different ways to pronounce R

Letter combinations rt, rd, rn, rl, rs. In Norwegian, when r is followed by consonants t, d, n, l, s the two sounds assimilate to each other, we don’t articulate them separately. Let’s take a look at the first one, rt. Rt is pronounced as /rt/. This is a voiceless sound, so we don’t use …

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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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Other ways to pronounce D

Other ways to pronounce D For example: Fødsel (birth) Gods (estate) Vadsø For example: Rødt (red) Godt (well) Midt (middle)

Silent D

Sound /d/ can also sometimes be silent. You are going to learn some rules for when it is. You may note the rules down, but you don’t have to worry about remembering them all. The most important is to understand the pronunciation patterns in different words. Silent D Here are some examples of words with …

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Other ways to pronounce E

E pronounced as /æ/ E is often pronounced as /æ/ before -r in a stressed syllable. For example: Hver (every) Ferdig (finished) Vert (been) Ferge (ferry) Gjerne (willingly) Verst (worst) Verre (worse) Derfor (that’s why) This doesn’t apply to the verbs in present: Ser (see) Tenker (think) and the word “mer”: Mer (more) De Word …

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Silent G

Sometimes we don’t pronounce letter G at all and it is silent. Let’s take a look at some cases. Deilig (delicious; marvellous) Fattig (poor) Heldig (lucky) Latterlig (ridiculous) Note that if we make plural forms of them, G is still silent. Take a look at these words: Fattige (poor) Heldige (lucky) Selge (to sell) Morgen …

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