"Jeg er et barn."

Translation:I am a child.

July 21, 2015



I like to think we're all children inside. :-)


"Bairn" is commonly used for a child in Scottish and northern English dialects of British English.


In some areas (e.g. Bradford) of northern England. it is "barn" as in norsk.


Nothern British dialects come from Old Norse, like Scandinavian languages ;)


when to use et and when to use en ?


It depends on the grammatical gender of the word.

Masculine nouns: en
Feminine nouns: ei
Neuter nouns: et


Is "Barn" neuter 'cause of it could be a girl or a boy?


If it helps you to remember it then you can think of it that way, but the truth is that there isn't necessarily any relation between grammatical gender and biological sex.

The other common word for child, "unge", is masculine - but still used to describe both boys and girls.


Articles are killing me. Why is it en appelsin and et eple? I'd say they are pretty similar things but somehow have different articles...


There's little rhyme or reason to it, so you'll just have to memorise the indefinite article with the noun. Try to learn them as "en appelsin" rather than just "appelsin".


Et messed me up. I was thinking in Latin. Et means "and" in Latin and French.


where do you learn Latin?

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    Some people study Latin in high school.

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      Just curious, I can translate what I read very quickly. Yet having a little difficulty (or doubt) on how to properly pronounciate some words.

      I am pronouncing "Jeg" (I) as "yiy" (e.g. yay, yey..yiy). I assume I'm almost right on - I simply want to get as close as I possibly can. Takk!


      Thats exactly how I pronounce it, as well as his family (they're Norweigian) however, there are different dialects. This one is usually used around Gran :)


      *as well as my boyfriend and his family.


      I love the sound of this language


      Eg er eit barn. På nynorsk


      Is 'rn' pronounced as a retroflex n /ɳ/?


      what is retroflex n /ɳ/? Help me understand this T_T I saw this retroflex, and strange symbols that I never saw before.


      It's "ng". The symbols are IPA symbols. Google the IPA, it's rather neat.

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        Correct IPA pronunciation is /bɑːɳ/. In my opinion, I would also insert a superscripted retroflex approximant ɻ after the colon because, although faint, it is present when pronouncing the word.

        Note that r changes from the alveolar flap "ɾ" (single rolled r) to retroflex approximant "ɻ" (American-sounding r) before d, t, s, n and l regardless whether it's touching these letters or not. In the case of barn, to make the pronunciation of the following letter easier, r also pulls the "n" backwards so it becomes the velar nasal "ŋ" (otherwise, it sounds as the alveolar nasal "n").

        Liker du brus?

        The first r is retroflex ɻ (d also changes into the voiced retroflex stop ɖ) and the second r is the alveolar flap ɾ

        Click here to find out more about IPA and hear its symbols being pronounced. This audio recording was done by a native speaker.


        I'll remember this by thinking - ''Were you born in a barn?'' (A common English phrase, meaning 'why are you so rude/messy'.) Barn-child :)


        first norwegian word i learnt "barnehage"


        Yes it is a neuter noun


        Jeg er ikke et barn

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