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Going to a concert with Katharina

In this video you'll learn how to tell time in Norwegian and follow the Norwegian students taking the metro to a concert.

In this video Yunha, Thiago and the others go from the University to the city centre by public transportation.

Jeg har en app

Alex is the computer wizard in the group, so we’re not surprised to find out that he travels without a physical ticket or card.

He says

-Jeg har en app. (I have an app.)
Yunha wants the app as well, and asks
-Kan du vise meg hvordan jeg laster den ned? (Can you show me how to download it?)
This is something you can do as well, if, or when, you get to Oslo. “Det er veldig lett” (It’s very easy.)

Hva er klokka? How to tell time in Norwegian

  • The full hour: Klokka åtte (at eight o’clock)
  • Half past: Klokka er halv ni (half past eight!)
  • Past the hour: Klokka ti over åtte (at ten past eight)
  • To the hour: Klokka ti på åtte (at ten to eight)
As you can see from the list, this is similar to English, except for half past, where we say half and then the next hour. But, for the rest of it we have our own special way:
  • At 20 past the hour: Klokka ti på halv ni (at twenty past eight!)
  • At 20 to the hour: Klokka ti over halv åtte (at twenty to eight!)
So, we use the half hour as a reference point, like the full hour.
With this information, do you feel equipped to tell the time in Norwegian? Try for yourself in the comments below. What is the time right now where you are? If you want to ask someone about what time it is, you can choose between “Hva er klokka?” or “Hvor mye er klokka?”, both meaning ‘what time is it’ in English.
-Hva er klokka? (What time is it?)
-Klokka er åtte. (It’s eight o’clock.)
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