(Past Tense & Colors) Norwegian Grammar

This 14th lesson deals with the past tense in Norwegian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about colors, as well as some basic phrases. I will try to give examples using both vocabulary and grammar. That way it will be easy for you to see the words when they are separate and when they are in a sentence. Going through the whole page should take about 30 min. Make sure to read the pronunciation and hear the audio as well. If you have any question about this course, Contact us from the page Norwegian Classes.


The past is one of the 3 tenses (present, past, and future) we will be discussing in the next 3 lessons. So it is recommended not to skip any of them because they are all related.

Below is a list of 15 sentences conjugated into the past tense. I focused on the examples you might come across or use very often. The table contains 3 columns (English, Norwegian, and Audio). Make sure you repeat each word after hearing it by either clicking on the audio button or by reading the pronunciation. That should help with memorization as well as improving your pronunciation.

Past Tense in Norwegian

Past Norwegian Audio
I saw you Jeg så deg
I wrote with a pen Jeg skrev med en penn
You loved apples Du elsket epler
You gave money Du gav penger
You played tennis Du spilte tennis
He read (past tense) a book Han las / leste en bok
He understood me Han forsto / forstod meg
She had a cat Hun hadde en katt
She knew my friend Hun kjente vennen min
We wanted to learn Vi ville lære
We thought Spanish is easy Vi trodde spansk var lett
You (plural) worked here Dere jobbet her
You (plural) spoke French Dere snakket fransk
They drove a car De kjørte en bil
They smiled De smilte


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List of Colors in Norwegian

Below is a list of 18 words and expressions related to colors.

Colors in Norwegian

Colors Norwegian Audio
Black svart
Blue blå
Brown brun
Colors farger
Dark color mørk farge
Gray grå
Green grønn
Light color lys farge
Orange oransje
Red rød
White hvit
Yellow gul


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Daily Conversation in Norwegian

Finally, here are some common sentences to strengthen your conversation skills. For a complete list of commonly used sentences, please visit our Norwegian Phrases page. Enjoy!

Common Expressions in Norwegian

English Norwegian Audio
Black is his favorite color svart er favorittfargen hans
I have black hair jeg har svart hår
Red is not his favorite color rødt er ikke favorittfargen hans
She drives a yellow car hun kjører en gul bil
The sky is blue himmelen er blå
Your cat is white katten din er hvit
I enjoyed myself very much Jeg hadde det svært hyggelig
I agree with you Jeg er enig med deg
Are you sure? Er du sikker?
Be careful! Vær forsiktig!
Cheers! Skål!
Would you like to go for a walk? Har du lyst til å gå en tur?

Fun Facts

Language Quote: ❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

Congratulations! You finished your 14th lesson in Norwegian about the past tense, and a vocabulary list about colors. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Norwegian Lesson 15. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Norwegian homepage.