Did you know my alphabet has got 29 letters? Well, if you didn’t here’s an introduction:
I have tried to teach Simon Norwegian for so long, and he is slowly getting better at it. One thing I had to teach him was the extra letters we have, that nobody else has. (Well, it’s not completely right, Sweden and Denmark also have some.)
You see, our alphabet has 29 letters, compared to the 26 in the English one. We have AE OE AA.
How do you pronounce these letters, though, you might say? Don’t worry, I will tell you. Maybe you, too, are someone who is learning the Norwegian language. This is my guide.
AA – this is the last letter of our alphabet. It is essentially an A with a circle over it. A circle, never a dot (believe me, primary school teachers have said this a million times – it’s a CIRCLE.). The way it is pronounced, is like the O in HORSE and BORED and like the OU sound in FOUR. If the letter is used in an English written piece, it will be written as two a’s – Aa. (Melodies middle name is Aase, pronounced with the AA in front.)
AAr – means year.
LAAve – barn
TAAre – tear (when you cry)
OE – this is the second last letter of our alphabet. It is an O with a line straight across it. The way it is pronounced, is like the U in BURN, the I in FIRST and the E in PERSON. If the letter is used in an English written piece, it will be written as Oe.
OEve – practice
OEks – axe
OErn – eagle
AE – this is the third last letter of our alphabet. It is an A and an E merged together. The way is is pronounced, is like the A in APPLE, AFRICA and MAX. If the letter is used in an English written piece, it will be written as Ae.
AEre – honour
BAEre – carry
KjAEre – dear
There you have it, our three extra vowels – our alphabet is awesome.
If you’re in any doubt, watch this video