"Hva betyr det på norsk?"
Translation:What does that mean in Norwegian?
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Yes, we use "this" and "these" about things that are closer to us physically, while "that" and "those" are used to describe things that are farther away from us.
This book over here, but that book on the table over there.
It can be similarly used to signal emotional or figurative distance; for instance one might refer to an idea one thinks is good as "this idea", while using "that idea" to distance oneself from an idea one thinks is bad.