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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds This is Yunha’s first day at the University- -and she already meets four interesting students. Thiago is studying economics, Gabriele is studying medicine,- -Katharina is studying music and Alex is studying informatics. They are in the canteen. There they can buy food and drinks. Yunha buys a cup of coffee for herself,- -and they all sit drinking coffee, apart from Gabriele. She is drinking tea, green tea, from Japan. They chat happily together and they agree to meet the following day. We’ll be happy to help you, if you need information- -about the University or Oslo. Yes, thank you, but I have to go now. Perhaps we can meet here tomorrow? Yes, or we can meet at the library.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds The University library has a nice café. Fine. When shall we meet? -For lunch, at twelve o’clock? -That’s fine. -Are you on Facebook? -Yes. -Nice. We can be friends on Facebook. -Yes, please.

Conversation in the café

Yunha is meeting the other students in a cafe where they can buy tea, coffee and something to eat. Thiago says he can help Yuhna on how to get around in Oslo. They agree on meeting up the next day as well, and decide on the time and place.

A Norwegian transcript of the dialogue is available in the downloads below.

Make an appointment

To make appointments in another language is an important skill. When you meet someone nice and you want to see them again, what do you ask? Let’s see.

In this video Yunha is in a bit of a hurry, so she wants to know if she can meet Thiago again tomorrow, so she asks “Kanskje vi kan møtes her i morgen? (Perhaps we can meet here tomorrow?) “Møtes” is the key verb here! It embodies a reciprocal meaning: I will meet you, and you will meet me. We will meet each other. You don’t have to say “kanskje” (perhaps) of course, so Yunha could also have said “Kan vi møtes her i morgen?” (Can we meet here tomorrow.)

The next step is then to agree on the time of the meeting.

-Når skal vi møtes? (When shall we meet?)

-Til lunsj. Klokka 12 (For lunch. At 12)

Yunha seems to make friends easily. That’s great!

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Introduction to Norwegian

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