Translation:The turtle

May 24, 2015



As a previous comment clarified both 'Skilpadden' and 'Skilpadda' are correct. If you were discussing a female turtle (or any female animal whose word is of the feminine gender) would 'Skilpadden' be or sound incorrect?


It would both sound and be correct. The gender of the animal has no bearing on the word's grammatical gender.


No, I don't think so.

I mean I'm not sure, but I touched a few languages, and I've noticed that it's the gender of the word that matters, not the gender of the animal. But that might not be the case in Norwegian, so I remain open-eyed for someone who confirms or contradicts me. :)


You are right. The gender of the animal does not matter. You can say 'skilpadda' or 'skilpadden', or 'katta' or 'katten' as you prefer, even if you know the gender of the animal.


i wrote skilpadda and i got it wrong :(


When I moused over this word, it said "Turtle" and "Tortoise" two different animals, does Norwegian not make a distinction between them?


Skilpadde indeed covers both, and we tend to think of them as one animal.
When a distinction needs to be made, we use composite nouns based on where they reside:

havskilpadde = sea turtle
landskilpadde = tortoise


To further confuse matters, different English speaking countries differ in what they consider a turtle or a tortoise, and I've yet to find an English speaking country where people consistently use whatever is meant to the official terminology locally.


how can i distinguish between feminine and masculine words? i know that in russian language for an instance, the ending of the word tells you when its feminine or masculine word, so how can i distinguish that in norwegian language?


By learning them. :3


so it is like in swedish, no real explanation, just "learn them"...?


It's like it in many other germanic languages. In German, for example, there are 3 articles (der, die, das), and I particularly disliked that about the language that you had to spend time with memorizing all the genders with all the nouns. I found Norwegian slightly easier because there are only two genders used.


two genders but still, there come the neuter gender, again, russian has word ending for that, but here, in swedish and norwegian, i dont know, seems messy and they say that "swedens and norwegians like logic"... at least in norwegian language it is very simple since feminine words can be used as masculine too, so no big problems here.


gabzerbinatoEng. I am afraid you are wrong. En bok\ei bok, Boka,boken is a feminine noun. And not a living thing. Bilen (the car) is a masculine noun, not a living thing either. An apple is not abstract and it is a neuter noun, et eple, eplet. So you just have tl learn them all by heart, as with Swedish, French, German, Spanish .....


In German there is at least one rule for female gender, but rarely anybody knows it. Maybe there are even more rules... Maybe it is like that in Norwegian too?


Is sk in skillpade sounds like 'sh' in English?

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Yes it does.


So does that mean that since skilpadde is feminine, either ei or en could be used for it?


Is Skilpadden correct too?


Yes. Feminine nouns can be inflected as if they were masculine nouns.


What is the most common?


What you say depends on many things, the word itself, where you live, if you speak a dialect, etc. I never say skilpadda, but I say jenta (the girl). I would never say jenten. I don' know why, maybe my Oslo-dialect.


So in the Norwegian language "sk' is pronounced sh?

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