Norwegian Spelled Like English

In Norwegian some of the easiest words for English speakers are Norwegian spelled like English.

The Norwegian words below are followed by their pronunciations to help you realize that these foreign words spelled exactly like English are really Norwegian words.

Some of the following Norwegian words spelled like English are recently borrowed from English, like 'computer' and 'internet'. Some others have been borrowed from French ['ballet'] or from other languages by both English and Norwegian.

In the following pronunciation guide, Norwegian words pronounced like English are enclosed in single quotation marks, as in: bacon [‘bacon’].

The easiest introduction to Norwegian pronunciation is to pronounce each of these Norwegian words spelled like English. By hearing how the Norwegian pronunciation differs from the English pronunciation you are familiar with, you will begin to get an understanding of the Norwegian pronunciation system.

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NORWEGIAN SPELLED LIKE ENGLISH

NORWEGIAN -- [SAY]

adapter -- [ah-DAHP-tuhr]

april -- [ahp-REEL]

aspirin -- [ahs-pih-REEN]

august -- [ev-GEWST]

baby -- [beh-BIH]

bacon -- [‘bacon’]

bank -- [bahngk]

bar -- [‘bar’]

basketball -- [BAHS-kuht-bahl]

beige -- [behsh]

best -- [‘best’]

bikini -- [‘bikini’]

blind -- [blinn]

brandy -- [BREHN-dih]

camping -- [‘camping’]

centimeter -- [SEHN-tih-meh-tuhr]

champagne -- [shahm-PAHN-yuh]

cocktail -- [‘cocktail’]

denim -- [‘denim’]

deodorant -- [deh-u-du-RAHNT]

diesel -- [‘diesel’]

digital -- [dih-gih-TAHL]

dill -- [‘dill’]

dollar (U.S.) -- [‘dollar’]

drink -- [‘drink’]

egg -- [‘egg’]

film (movie) -- [‘film’]

fjord -- [FYOOR]

for -- [‘for’]

full -- [fewl]

general -- [geh-ner-RAAL]

generator -- [geh-ner-RAA-toor]

gin -- [dshishn]

glad -- [glaa]

glass -- [glahs]

golf -- [‘golf’]

gram -- [grahm]

gratis -- [‘gratis’]

guide -- [‘guide’]

hard -- [haar]

hare -- [HAH-ruh]

ibuprofen -- [ih-bew-pru-FEHN]

jade -- [YAA-der]

japan -- [YAA-pahn]

jazz -- [yahs]

jersey -- [YASH-shi]

jetlag -- [YET-lag]

journalist -- [shoo-nah-LIHST]

juice -- [yews]

junior -- [YOO-ni-oor]

jury -- [YEW-ri]

kilo -- [KHEE-loo]

kilogram -- [KHEE-lu-grahm]

kilometer -- [KHEE-lu-meh-tuhr]

kosher -- [‘kosher’]

lighter -- [‘lighter’]

like (v.) -- [LEE-kuhr]

liter -- [LEE-tuhr]

marmalade -- [mahr-muh-LAH-duh]

melon -- [meh-LOON]

meter -- [MEH-tuhr]

milkshake -- [‘milkshake’]

million -- [mihl-YOON

moped -- [mu-PEHD]

motorboat -- [MOO-toor-bawt]

museum -- [mew-SAY-ewm]

november -- [nu-VEHM-buhr]

opera -- [OO-puh-rah]

park (n.) -- [‘park’]

penicillin -- [peh-nih-sih-LEEN]

pepper -- [‘pepper’]

per -- [pehr]

pop (music) -- [‘pop’]

post (BE) (mail) -- [‘post’]

problem -- [pru-BLEHM]

racket (sports) -- [REHK-kuht]

rap (music) -- [rehp]

restaurant -- [rehs-tew-RAHNG]

ring (jewelry) -- [‘ring’]

ruin -- [rew-EEN]

safe (n.) -- [‘safe’]

salt -- [‘salt’]

salve -- [SAHL-vuh]

sauna -- [SEV-nah]

seminar -- [seh-mih-NAHR]

send -- [sehn]

september -- [‘September’]

service -- [‘service’]

sherry -- [‘sherry’]

shorts -- [shawrts]

side -- [SEE-duh]

sightseeing -- [‘sightseeing’]

ski -- [shee]

soda -- [SOO-dah]

spa -- [‘spa’]

student -- [stew-DEHNT]

tank -- [tahngk]

tennis -- [‘tennis’]

terminal (airport)

tonic -- [‘tonic’]

TV -- [TEH-veh]

vodka -- [‘vodka’]

volleyball -- [‘volleyball’]

whisky -- [VIHS-kih]

zoo -- [soo]

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Most foreign words related to English are spelled differently than English, but are still easy to recognize as related to English.


For a greater challenge, see Norwegian Spelled Somewhat Like English for words similar to English, but spelled differently.



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