Elev is such an interesting word! The French word is "élève", which is pronounced exactly the same. :D
but Norwegian Norwegifies the French words. Dutch also have a lot of French loan words, but we spell them exactly the same, like chauffeur, bureau and paraplu.
The old Viking Rollo probably has much to do with modern Norse having Frankish influence.
One wonders if the French words were originally Scandinavian words which were repurposed and then borrowed back into Scandinavian (and other) languages.
What is the difference between recess vs. break in English, and pause vs. friminutt in Norwegian? Thanks in advance
afaik elever go to school and studenter go to university or similar. In English one used to distinguish between pupils and students.
French has the same distinction: élève vs étudiant; and so does Dutch: leerling vs student.
In addition to schoolchildren, en elev is any student that's new to their area of study. No matter your age, pick a new language on Duolingo to study and you'll be en elev until you're reasonably fluent.
Here's to us all becoming norske studenter! :0)