Useful phrases in American Norwegian

A collection of useful phrases in American Norwegian (norst), a variety of Norwegian spoken by people of Norwegian descent in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota in the USA.

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Phrase Norst (American Norwegian)
Welcome Vælkomma
Hello (General greeting) Hei
Hello (on phone) Allo?
How are you? Hva skjer?
Går d bra?
Reply to 'How are you?' D går fint, du na?
D går fint, ænn du?
Går bra na
Long time no see Ha blitt lang
What's your name? 'Heter du?
My name is ... E heter ...
Where are you from? Hvorfra kom du?
I'm from ... Er fra ...
Pleased to meet you D'er fint å møta dæ
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Good night Natti
(Parting phrases)
Ha d bra!/
Ha d!
Good luck! Ha så godt!
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Have a nice day Ha'n bra da!
Håp besta!
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bra målti!
Spis godt!
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Håp besta på tura!
Yes Ja
No Nei
Maybe Kanskje
I don't know Veit ikke
I understand Ferstår
I don't understand Ferstå'kke
Please speak more slowly Plis snakk langsom
Please say that again Plis si d igjæn
Please write it down Skriv d ne, plis
Kan du skriva d?
Do you speak English? Snakker du engelst?
Do you speak American Norwegian? Snakker du norst?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Ja litt
Do you speak a language
other than

American Norwegian?
Snakker du'a språk andran norst?
Speak to me in American Norwegian Snakk på norst te mæ plis
How do you say ... in
American Norwegian?
Hva er ... på norst?
Excuse me Unnskyld
How much is this? Hva koster d?
Sorry Såri
Please Plis
Thank you Takka
Reply to thank you Va'kke no problem!
Ække no problem!
Ække no!
Va'kke no!
Where's the toilet / bathroom? Hvor er bada?
This gentleman will pay for everything Den hær mann ska fer alt
This lady will pay for everything Den hær kvinna ska fer alt
Would you like to dance with me? Ska dansa?
Do you come here often? Kommer du oft hær?
I miss you E misser dæ
E savner dæ
I love you Elsker dæ
Get well soon Bli så
Go away! Gå bort!
Leave me alone! La mæ alene!
Help! Hjælp!
Fire! Ild!
Stop! Stopp!
Call the police! Ring politet!
Christmas greetings God jul
New Year greetings Ha'n bra nytt år da!
Easter greetings Glad på Ister!
Birthday greetings Gratti me bursda!
Congratulations! Gratti!
One language is never enough Ét språk er aldri nok
My hovercraft is full of eels Flybota mi er full'a øler

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