"Hva er det?"

Translation:What is it?

May 21, 2015



I like this approach. Questions like this should be one of the first things people learn in any language.

May 21, 2015


Impressive language bar.

May 22, 2015


Haha thanks, I like to try out each language as it comes out but mostly focus on a few at a time.

May 22, 2015


I do the same. I'll focus on, say, French and Spanish for one day, and then Irish and Norwegian for another, and Esperanto and Polish for yet one more. I like mixing the hard and easy languages ;)

June 28, 2016


I am completely unorganized. Send help

April 4, 2017


Aren't we all?

July 4, 2017


Is it because of Duolingo? The rumers i heard is that Duolingo threatens to kill your family. & maybe you too but IDK.

June 30, 2019


thats a good strat

May 14, 2018


I'm having trouble hearing the det. It seems to cut out. But anyway, tusen tack!

May 21, 2015


The pronunciation is more like deh so the t is silent.

May 22, 2015


Probably because of the silent t :)

May 21, 2015


Tusen TAKK ;)

May 27, 2015


@marcin333 translating Thank you. ;p

June 30, 2019


Tack is Swedish, takk is Norwegian :)

February 20, 2018


Det is completely cut out, I can't hear it either.

August 2, 2018


Looks like the 't' is silent, as is the 'h' in words beginning 'hv'. I'm new to Norwegian; using this basic stuff as a bit of a taster really. Must say I prefer my languages to be phonetic, especially in pronouncing consonants. German fits the bill but then the grammar is quite challenging. Still, can't have it all ways, I suppose.

September 16, 2018


So i've always thought that dutch would look simmilar to norweigian. how wrong i was. But Dutch also beeing a Germanic language, i can see some similarities and i can see some words that look and mean the same. I find it fascinating and i can't wait to speak this language. Greetings from the Netherlands

July 18, 2015


I thought that Afrikaans, coming from Dutch, would look like Norwegian but nope :)

May 10, 2016


"Vo ara"? It's supposed to sound that way?

November 22, 2015


I think it is something between "o" and "a" on "hvA". But definitely iis most like "a" than "o"

December 25, 2016


I can hear Vå arə. Am i correct?

April 14, 2019


Does 'Det' mean 'it' or 'that'?

September 4, 2015

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It's used for both.

November 3, 2015


It's written Det, why we should pronounce it as ә

November 24, 2016


because the letter "r" from "er" its followed by letter "d" from "det". When "R" is followed by D,T,N,L,S it "ignore" the consonant, so the "det" become "et" in pronnounce. Another fact is that the "t" from "et" is silent, so the whole word "det" become a simply "eh" in pronnounce. "Er" + "eh" = "er'eh"

December 25, 2016


You must remember that the d does not become silent when you have r + d. Rather, the d is «colored» by the r, and both are replaced by a voiced retroflex stop. Similar cases are r+s, r+t and r+l. The sound example in this case is (for some reason) actually using a retroflex flap, which is used only in certain dialects in certain cases of r+d.

January 7, 2017


do you know a video that explain about consonants retroflex and all these things?

January 9, 2017


I'm sorry, I have never looked for videos explaining Norwegian pronunciation. If you're looking for videos, it might help to know that Swedish uses a retroflex T, D and S after R, just like Norwegian. Hindi also has retroflex sounds, and probably many others, too.

January 10, 2017


This video seems to be relevant (the person in it is saying the words with the Oslo-dialect). By the way, keep in mind that you will be understood completely fine without using retroflexes (and pronounce the R separately instead). We are used to hearing people with foreign accents. :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRegrgHDLq4

January 13, 2017


no no. I mean if you know about these kind of things in learning a new language. I dont know what is "retroflex", where can I find it?

January 13, 2017


For now, I think I'll remember this using the (almost) English word DENTALS. Thanks FanddenRidder.

November 29, 2018


Nynorsk - Kva er det?
Bokmål - Hva er det?

September 2, 2017


Let me know if I got it right.

-r + d- = [ɾ] ? (a tap, like in Swedish)

May 22, 2015


Actually it's ɖ (Voiced retroflex stop). R + t/d/n/s/l create retroflex consonants.

May 25, 2015


Whoa! Nice language bar, man.

July 3, 2016


what is "bar"?

December 25, 2016


Bbar where you can see languages that he learnt, which SupEvan's quite impressive :)

December 27, 2016


SupEvan is right (for almost all rolling R-dialects). But as a funfact: Some Norwegians actually use the ɾ in the words det, du, deg, de, dem after a vowel or an r. So «Hva er det» really could be pronounced /vɑː'æːɾə/. You should not really think too much about this unless you are a pronunciation geek, though.

May 30, 2015


what this "ə" mean?

March 25, 2017


A schwa. The sound made by the letter 'a' in 'about'.

May 11, 2017


Schva is frequently used in the Russian and the English languages, though. I say it as a Russian native speaker who is learning English.

October 16, 2017


Can someone clarify the pronunciation of Hva? When I hover over the individual word, it sounds like vah but when I play the sentence, it sounds like voh.

May 22, 2015


a short "vah" is how I was taught to say it! You may be hearing "voh" because of the following "er", lazy pronunciation changes to "vaherdeh"

May 23, 2015


Tusen takk is it thank you so much or thank you ver much?

December 10, 2015

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It would be a good translation of meaning for both of them. The literal translation is "thousand thanks".

June 28, 2017


Can someone please help me with the pronunciation of the letter 'R'? Is it supposed to be rolled or what? Please keep your reply simple because I'm only a beginner to language learning (As you can probably see in my language bar haha).

September 24, 2016


The very simple answer is: yes, it is usually supposed to be rolled, and any Norwegian would understand you if you roll the «r» every time! ;)

The less simple answer is that it is often not rolled, for instance when it is in front of a «d» or «t», in which case the two sounds «melt» together and make a new sound, like here (although I would say that the Duolingo voice is a bit off).

September 30, 2016


Tusen takk!

October 2, 2016


what you mean with "roll the r"?

December 25, 2016


To pronounce the «R» distinctly (as an «alveolar trill» or «alveolar flap») instead of having it «melt in» with another letter (and as opposed to «guttural r», wich is also common in Norway).

January 6, 2017


Should't be: What is this?

April 25, 2017

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That would be "Hva er dette".

June 28, 2017


Again, what about "what is this?"

May 26, 2015


The meaning of 'this' and 'it' are slightly different both in English and in the Scandinavian languages. 'What is this' would be 'Hva er dette'.

May 29, 2015


I can pronunce it exactly the same way because that "R" sound is also present in my mother tongue Sindhi

January 12, 2016


So just to clarify, one rolls the "r" in "er" when the word comes before a vowel, and leaves it hard before a consonant?

June 4, 2016


I am not quite sure what you mean by «hard», but the R assimilates with the following consonant if it is a T, D, N, L or S. The resulting consonant is a retroflex. In front of most other consonants, it has a tendency to be silent. (This does not apply for all dialects)

June 4, 2016


If "it" is det, then how do you translate "That"? In case we have it in the same sentence: what is that?

January 16, 2017


«that» is translated to «det» or «den», depending on the gender of the thing referenced. And although «What is that?» and «What is it?» can both be expressed as «Hva er det?», the former would (usually) be pronounced with a stressed «det», whereas the latter would not.

January 16, 2017


haha this very oslo pronociation. In the west we say: "hva e de"

April 3, 2017


In "det" you don't pronounce the "d"? I can't hear it ...

April 19, 2017


because of the r in er coming right before the d in det, apparently the two sounds are elided together in a retroflex tap. underside of the tip of your tongue taps the ridge behind your teeth.

June 28, 2017


Why its so different the det in a sentence and when i heard just "det"? Help meee I cannnn't

July 22, 2017


Det is pronounced déa, according to older lessons. Here however, it was more like: Va ar'a, instead of Va ar déa. Why?

November 19, 2017


what is that hva er det being like hav er'a?? but in the same time det spelling like détt ?

December 30, 2017


Vo ar da?

February 24, 2018


What happened with "det" ? It sounds as if "what is it" just turned to "What". "det" was not pronounced at all.

May 19, 2018


Anyone learning Japanese

December 22, 2018


How do you say zugzug in Norwegian?

April 9, 2019
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