ALEX: Fra Paris til Oslo

Fra Paris til oslo From Paris to Oslo
Alex kommer fra Frankrike. Han er fem år. Han reiser med fly fra Paris til Oslo. Han reiser sammen med mamma og Dina. Alex snakker med ei dame. Hun er norsk. Alex comes from France. He is five years old. He travels by plane from Paris to Oslo. He’s travelling with mom and Dina. Alex is talking to a lady. She is Norwegian.
Emma: Hei. Jeg heter Emma. Hva heter du? Emma: Hi. My name is Emma. What is your name?
Alex: Jeg heter Alex. Alex: My name is Alex.
Emma: Hvor gammel er du, Alex? Emma: How old are you, Alex?
Alex: Jeg er fem år gammel. Alex: I’m five years old.
Emma: Hvor kommer du fra? Emma: Where do you come from?
Alex: Jeg kommer fra Paris. Hvor kommer du fra? Alex: I come from Paris. Where do you come from?
Emma: Jeg kommer fra Oslo. Emma: I come from Oslo.
Alex: Jeg reiser sammen med mamma og Dina. Vi reiser til pappa. Han bor i Norge. Han venter på oss på Gardermoen. Alex: I’m travelling with my mom and Dina. We’re travelling to Daddy. He lives in Norway. He’s waiting for us at Gardermoen.
(Gardermoen is the name of the Oslo airport)

Discussion

Now, what do you remember from Alex’ text?

Did you notice that the sentence structure we use in Norwegian to tell how old a person is, is very similar to English?

We also say:

I am + old Jeg er + gammel

Many languages, however, differ quite a lot from Norwegian and English. And you don’t have to travel very long distances to find linguistic differences: Romance languages like Italian, French or Spanish, for instance, use “to have” instead of “to be”.

How is it in your language?

And, supposed your mother tongue is not English, did you find it difficult to learn this structure in English? Could you apply the same learning strategy to learn it in Norwegian?

Think about it!

But in the meanwhile, you can check your vocabulary and pronunciation with the exercises below:

Flashcards Norwegian - English

Flashcards English - Norwegian

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