´hos´a Norwegian word with many meanings Posted by kari on Sep 20, 2010 in Grammar, Language, Vocabulary
I find the word hos quite interesting. Until recently I didn´t know it had so many betydninger( meanings). The other day a Norwegian was asking me if I thought Norwegian was a hard language to learn. I explained that although French and Spanish are the only other languages of which I have some comprehension, I have found Norwegian to be quite an easy language to learn. We discussed the simplicity of Norwegian grammar and verb conjugation (or lack thereof rather) and the size of the Norwegian vocabulary: very small. He said that he didn´t think English was very hard to learn, but the English vocabulary is so much larger. He said, ´I don´t understand why you need so many different words. We have much fewer words. Many words have multiple betydninger, but as long as you can follow the context, it´s no problem.´ He is absolutely right-we certainly don´t need so many words to express ourselves.
Back to hos, a word that has many betydninger. It can mean at, from, of, with, by, and among. I can´t think of a word in English that has so many betydninger . It works so well though, because everyone understands which meaning hos has in a sentence based on what else is said. Now that you know the different betydninger of the word hos, I´ll show you examples of the word in sentences, all of which have slightly different betydninger.
Hvordan står det til hos dem? How is it going with them?
Skal du sove hos Børge i kveld? Are you going to sleep at Børge´s tonight?
Jeg brukte masse penger hos dyrelegen i år. I spent a lot of money at the vet this year.
Boka ligger inne hos meg. The book is in my room.
Tålmodighet er et godt egenskap hos henne. Patience is a good quality of her´s.
Wibeke søker råd hos psykolog. Wibeke seeks advice from a psychologist.
Jeg skal spise middag hos Tove i kveld. I´m going to eat dinner at Tove´s tonight.
Hos, it´s a great word! Simple but has so many betydninger!