Three Ways To Answer Questions In Norwegian

There are three ways you can answer a simple question in Norwegian. I call them “the lazy way”, “the echo way”, and “the smart way”.

By a simple question I mean questions like “Liker du norsk?”.

 

1. The lazy way

The lazy way to answer a simple question in Norwegian is to just use Ja or Nei.

Question Answer
  Kan du lese?

Can you read?

  Ja/
  Nei.

Yes/No.

  Vil du gå på biblioteket?

Will you go to the library?

  Ja/
  Nei.

Yes/No.

  Har du lånekort?

Do you have a membership card?

  Ja/
  Nei.

Yes/No.

  Husker du koden?

Do you remember the code?

  Ja/
  Nei.

Yes/No.

 

2. The echo way

In the echo way, you answer the simple question with a Ja or Nei and reverse the question.

Question Answer
  Kan du lese?

Can you read?

  Ja, jeg kan lese./
  Nei, jeg kan ikke lese.

Yes, I can read./No, I cannot read.

  Vil du biblioteket?

Will you go to the library?

  Ja, jeg vil biblioteket./
  Nei, jeg vil ikke biblioteket.

Yes, I will go to the library/No, I will not go to the library.

  Har du lånekort?

Do you have a membership card?

  Ja, jeg har lånekort./
  Nei, jeg har ikke lånekort.

Yes, I have a membership card/No, I do not have a membership card.

  Husker du koden?

Do you remember the code?

  Ja, jeg husker koden./
  Nei, jeg husker ikke koden.

Yes, I remember the code./No, I do not remember the code.

 

3. The smart way

In the smart way, you answer the simple question with a Ja or Nei and I do or I don’t.

Question Answer
  Kan du lese?

Can you read?

  Ja, det kan jeg./
  Nei, det kan jeg ikke.

Yes, I can./No, I can’t.

  Vil du gå på biblioteket?

Will you go to the library?

  Ja, det vil jeg./
  Nei, det vil jeg ikke.

Yes, I will./No, I will not.

  Har du lånekort?

Do you have a membership card?

  Ja, det har jeg./
  Nei, det har jeg ikke.

Yes, I have./No, I have not.

  Husker du koden?

Do you remember the code?

  Ja, det gjør jeg./
  Nei, det gjør jeg ikke.

Yes, I do./No, I don’t.

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