(Present Tense & Survival) Norwegian Grammar

This 13th lesson deals with the present tense in Norwegian. In addition I included a vocabulary list about survival and emergencies. 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 present is one of the 3 tenses (past, present, 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 present 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.

Present Tense in Norwegian

Present Norwegian Audio
I see you Jeg ser deg
I write with a pen Jeg skriver med en penn
You love apples Jeg elsker epler
You give money Du gir meg penger
You play tennis Du spiller tennis
He reads a book Han leser en bok
He understands me Han forstår meg
She has a cat Hun har en katt
She knows my friend Hun kjenner min venn
We want to learn Vi ønsker å lære
We think Spanish is easy Vi synes spansk er enkelt
You (plural) work here Dere jobber her
You (plural) speak French Dere snakker fransk
They drive a car De kjører bil
They smile De smiler


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Survival Expressions

Below is a list of 28 words related to survival expressions such as emergencies, and calling for help. If you can memorize them by heart, you will be able to communicate better when in distress or when providing help to someone else who is in need.

Survival Expressions in Norwegian

Accident ulykke
Allergy Allergi
Ambulance ambulanse
Asthma Astma
Danger fare
Doctor lege
Headache hodepine
Heart attack Hjerteinfarkt
Help me hjelp meg
Hospital sykehus
Medicines legemidler
Pharmacy apotek
Poison gift
Police politi
Stomach ache mageknip
Stroke Slag


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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

Are you okay? går det bra?
Call a doctor! Ring legen!
Call the ambulance! ring etter ambulanse!
Call the police! ring politiet!
Calm down! Ro deg ned!
Fire! Brann!
I feel sick Jeg er dårlig
It hurts here Det gjør vondt her
It’s urgent! Det haster!
Stop! Stopp!
Thief! Tyv!
Where is the closest pharmacy? hvor er nærmeste apotek?
You look beautiful! (to a woman) Du ser vakker ut!
You have a beautiful name Du har et vakkert navn
This is my wife Dette er min kone
This is my husband Dette er min mann

Fun Facts

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

Congratulations! You finished your 13th lesson in Norwegian about the present tense, and survival expressions. Are you ready for the next lesson? We recommend Norwegian Lesson 14. You can also simply click on one of the links below or go back to our Learn Norwegian homepage.