Easiest Norwegian Pronunciation Guide

Easiest Norwegian Pronunciation Guide:

The easiest introduction to Norwegian pronunciation is to pronounce the Norwegian words spelled like English but pronounced somewhat differently than English.

This is the Easiest Norwegian Pronunciation for two reasons:

First, some parts of these Norwegian words spelled like English are pronounced the same way as in English. This reveals that you already know how to pronounce some parts of these Easiest Norwegian words, which should give you confidence.

Second, by pronouncing the other parts of the Norwegian words that are different from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Norwegian pronunciation system.

After Norwegian words spelled like English and also pronounced like English, the next easiest Norwegian pronunciations are these Norwegian words spelled like English but pronounced somewhat differently than English, as listed below.

Norwegian Pronunciation Differs From English In Various Ways:

The words below followed by their Norwegian pronunciations should help you realize that they really are foreign words even though they are spelled exactly like English.

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In Norwegian half of the letters are generally pronounced the same as in English – specifically the following consonants:

B, C, D, F, H, L, M, N, P, Q, T, V, X

Other Norwegian Letters Are Pronounced Differently Than English.

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Letter –A– is Pronounced “AH” in Norwegian:

So the Norwegian Letter –A– is Pronounced “AH” as in British English.

[If you are American and pronounce the letter –A– in the following words as you usually do, you will probably still be understood by Norwegian people.]

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

bank [bahngk]

tank [tahngk]

glass [glahs]

gram [grahm]

jazz [yahs]

april [ahp-REEL]

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

adapter [ah-DAHP-tuhr]

basketball [BAHS-kuht-bahl]

champagne [shahm-PAHN-yuh]

marmalade [mahr-muh-LAH-duh]

deodorant [deh-u-du-RAHNT]

kilogram [KHEE-lu-grahm]

Japan [YAA-pahn]

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Norwegian Words Pronounced Somewhat Like English, But With Stress On A Different Syllable In Norwegian:

With Stress On The Final Syllable In Norwegian:

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

april [ahp-REEL]

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

august [ev-GEWST]

baby [beh-BIH]

deodorant [deh-u-du-RAHNT]

digital [dih-gih-TAHL]

ibuprofen [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

melon [meh-LOON]

million [mihl-YOON

moped [mu-PEHD]

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

problem [pru-BLEHM]

restaurant [rehs-tew-RAHNG]

ruin [rew-EEN]

seminar [seh-mih-NAHR]

student [stew-DEHNT]

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Pronounced Almost Like English But With Last Letter –E– Pronounced As Added Syllable In Norwegian

With the Final –E- Pronounced “UH”

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

side [SEE-duh]

like (v.) [LEE-kuhr]

salve [SAHL-vuh]

hare [HAH-ruh]

jade [YAA-der]

champagne [shahm-PAHN-yuh]

marmalade [mahr-muh-LAH-duh]

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Letter –R– Pronounced “R” But Rolled In Norwegian

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Norwegian Letter –G– is Pronounced as in GO in Some Syllables That Are Pronounced Differently in English:

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

general [geh-ner-RAAL]

generator [geh-ner-RAA-toor]

digital [dih-gih-TAHL]

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Letter –J– Pronounced “Y” In Norwegian:

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

jade [YAA-der]

japan [YAA-pahn]

jazz [yahs]

jersey [YASH-shi]

jetlag [YET-lag]

juice [yews]

junior [YOO-ni-oor]

jury [YEW-ri]

fjord [FYOOR]

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Letters –SK–Pronounced “SH” In Norwegian:

ski [shee]

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Letter –W– Pronounced “V” In Norwegian:

whisky [VIHS-kih]

watt [vaht]

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Letter –Z– Pronounced “S” In Norwegian:

zoo [soo]

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VOWELS:

The Norwegian Letter –I– is Pronounced Two Ways: “IH” as in English or “EE” as in Spanish.

Norwegian Letter –I– Pronounced “IH” as in English:

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

blind [blinn]

centimeter [SEHN-tih-meh-tuhr]

digital [dih-gih-TAHL]

gin [dshihn]

gratis [‘gratis’]

ibuprofen [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

journalist [shoo-nah-LIHST]

junior [YOO-ni-oor]

million [mihl-YOON

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

seminar [seh-mih-NAHR]

whisky [VIHS-kih]

Norwegian Letter –I– Pronounced “EE” as in Spanish and other Romance Languages [French, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian]

And in a very few words in English, like ‘taxi’, ‘machine’ and ‘nectarine’.

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

april [ahp-REEL]

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

kilogram [KHEE-lu-grahm]

kilo [KHEE-loo]

kilogram [KHEE-lu-grahm]

kilometer [KHEE-lu-meh-tuhr]

like (v.) [LEE-kuhr]

liter [LEE-tuhr]

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

ruin [rew-EEN]

side [SEE-duh]

ski [shee]

Sometimes –I– Is Pronounced Both “IH” and “EE” In The Same Word in Dutch:

aspirin [ahs-pih-REEN]

penicillin [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

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The Letters –AU– Pronounced “EV”.

august [ev-GEWST]

sauna [SEV-nah]

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The Letter –U– is Sometimes Pronounced “EW”.

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

full [fewl]

juice [yews]

student [stew-DEHNT]

jury [YEW-ri]

ruin [rew-EEN]

junior [YEW-ni-oor]

museum [mew-SAY-ewm]

august [ev-GEWST]

restaurant [rehs-tew-RAHNG]

ibuprofen [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

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The Letter –O– is Sometimes Pronounced “OO”.

NORWEGIAN [SAY]

opera [OO-puh-rah]

soda [SOO-dah]

motorboat [MOO-toor-bawt]

journalist [shoo-nah-LIHST]

fjord [FYOOR]

kilo [KHEE-loo]

melon [meh-LOON]

million [mihl-YOON

generator [geh-ner-RAA-toor]

junior [YOO-ni-oor]

The Letter –O– is Sometimes Pronounced “AW”.

shorts [shawrts]

motorboat [MOO-toor-bawt]

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The Letter –E– is Pronounced Two Ways: “EH” as in English or “UH” in Norwegian.

Letter –E– Pronounced “EH” in Norwegian:

per [pehr]

Letter –E– Pronounced “UH” in Norwegian:

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This is the Easiest Norwegian Pronunciation Guide. This Pronunciation Guide is easiest because it includes only Norwegian words spelled like English. For this same reason it cannot be a complete guide to Norwegian pronunciation. It is intended to be only the easiest introduction to Norwegian pronunciation.

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