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Da ble det jammen nyttår igjen! (Then it really became New Year again!) Nyttårsaften (New Year’s Eve) is a time for looking back at året som gikk (the year that went) as well as looking forward to det nye året (the new year). Let’s look in both directions in this post. 🙂
To recall something, for example when speaking with your norske venner (Norwegian friends), you most often use the past tense. In Norwegian, this usually means that your verb will take the ending –de, -te or -et (lage ”make” > lagde ”made”; kjøre ”drive” > kjørte ”drove”; sykle ”go by bike” > syklet ”went by bike”). Of course, you’ve also got a handful of strong verbs that work similarly as the ones you know from English (synge ”sing” > sang ”sang”). Here are some phrases to talk about your opplevelser (experiences) in 2017:
Before we gaze in the other direction, it’s worth noting that Norwegian has no future tense (and no ”wish tense” either, unlike for example Spanish)… To solve this, you have to use a lot of hjelpeverb (”helping verbs”) to create meaningful ”verb combos” – just like we would do in English. Here are some phrases to talk about fremtiden (the future) in 2018:
Vi snakkes i 2018! (We’ll be talking in 2018!) Godt nyttår! 🙂