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How to say what you need Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Conversation

You’ve been travelling for a long time and all you need is a hot shower and a nice place to sleep. But – how to ask the natives? Sometimes, expressing what you need is … all you need.

(Public domain ikkustration from Pixabay.)

Jeg er sulten. (I’m hungry.) Er du sulten? (Are you hungry?) Vi er veldig sultne. (We’re very hungry.)
Jeg er tørst. (I’m thirsty.) Er du tørst? (Are you thirsty?)
Jeg er trøtt. (I’m tired.) Er dere trøtte? (Are you guys tired?)
Er du sliten? (Are you fatigued/physically tired?) Ja, litt. (Yes, a little bit.)

Unnskyld, jeg trenger et sted å sove. Kan du hjelpe? (Excuse me, I need a place to sleep. Can you help me, please?)
Fryser du? Trenger du et teppe? (Are you freezing? Do you need a blanket?)
Du svetter! Lyst på noe å drikke? (You’re sweating! Wanna something to drink?)
Trenger dere en pause? (Do you guys need a break?)
Trenger du en klem? (Do you need a hug?)

Har dere en do? (Do you guys have a toilet?)

Mobilen min trenger strøm. Vet du hvor jeg kan lade den? (My mobile phone needs electricity. Do you know where I may charge it?)
Jeg mangler penger. Finnes det en minibank i nærheten? (I lack money. Is there an ATM nearby?)
Det er veldig varmt. Kan jeg låne solkremen din? (It’s very hot. May I borrow your sunscreen?)

Jeg har gått meg vill. Kan du vise meg veien til hotellet/ambassaden/baren? (I’m lost. Could you show me the way to the hotel/embassy/bar?)
Vi trenger et kart over Norge. (We need a map of Norway.)
Jeg vet ikke hvor jeg er. Kan du hjelpe meg? (I don’t know where I am. Can you help me?)
Trenger dere skyss? (Do you guys need a lift?)

Jeg kjeder meg. Vet du hvor det skjer noe gøy? (I’m bored. Do you know where there’s something fun going on?)
Trenger dere selskap? (Do you guys need some company?)
Jeg har bruk for å være litt alene. (I need spending some time alone.)

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About the Author:Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.