kusiner (cousins), fettern (cousin), soskenbarna (the cousins) -- I haven't come across such different words meaning the same thing. Do all these words mean cousin??
Kusiner = female cousins
Fettere = male cousins
Søskenbarn = cousins of either sex
That is confusing to me. Søskenbarn looks like female cousin (due to that "søs"), while kusine looks like neuter.
"Søsken" is used for siblings of either gender, so it's literally "siblingchild(ren)".
I'm new to Norwegian but if I read the word "søskenbarn" correctly, it means "child of a sibling", so not cousins, but neices and/or nephews, right?
The word literally means "child of a sibling", but it is in fact easier to think of as "children of a pair/group of siblings"
father/aunt/uncle -->siblings father's children-->cousins with aunt's children (and vice versa) aunt's children-->cousins with uncle's children (and vice versa) uncle's children-->cousins with father's children (and vice versa)
all the above mentioned children are "søskenbarn" with each other.
Thank you kim-gab. Your explanation really helped me to understand this word. I do think the literal translation would be "the sibling children" though. Or in other words (very loosely) those in the extended family who grew up as children together. Thanks again!
No, it really means cousin. Niece and nephew are "Niese og nevø".
Unfortunally the word is not that easy as it looks :(
Is it me or is the voice not pronouncing it correctly: I do hear 'min' and not 'mine'. In the slow version it is correctly pronounced though.
Those darn norwegian vowel-eaters! Now they've built a robot lady to do it, too!
It's actually a TTS (text-to-speech) program that produces all the audio. What you're hearing is the voice of a lovely robot lady named Liv.
Since the subject is the third person plural "cousins", you need to use "read" rather than "reads".
Under the risk of sounding that I am falling behind, but here we go! BOEKER is the definite plural for BOEKS, right? So how come the answer 'My cousins read THE books.' is given as wrong?