So when I make the sound of "hvem" I don't even think of making an "h" sound? I mean, I know I'm not supposed to pronounce the "h", but is it as silent as the "k" in "knight", or should I position my tongue as if I was going to pronounce it (like we do with the "g" sound in "wrong", for example?)
And could anyone please recommend a good online Norwegian dictionary? Thank you!
Silent as the k in knight. A good dictionary when you get better at norwegian and want to read about specific words. http://www.nob-ordbok.uio.no/perl/ordbok.cgi?OPP=&bokmaal=+&ordbok=bokmaal As a English-Norwegian/Norwegian-English i don't know of great dictionaries but i think most of those out there are ok.
Good point. Keep in mind that not everyone in Norway speaks the same dialect of Norwegian. Bokmål is a written language, not a spoken one (Bokmål literally means "Book Tongue"). The spelling is close to the pronunciation of the Standard Østnorsk dialect, but Bokmål was designed to be a common written language for speakers of different Norwegian dialects.
In some regions, the 'h' in 'hvem' is pronounced, and in others it is even pronounced as a "kv-" sound or a "w-" sound. So to answer your question the 'h' probably exists to better model the pronunciations of non-standard dialects.