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Talking about food Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Conversation, Food

Mmm, kjempegodt! 🙂 People everywhere in the world like to eat mat (food) and talk about it, and Norwegians are no exception! Eating together with natives can be a great opportunity to hone your language skills, so let’s take a look at some useful things to say (when you’re not chewing…)

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Food ideologies

Spiser du kjøtt? (Do you eat meat?)

Nei, jeg er vegetar [vegheTAHR]. (No, I’m a vegetarian.) Men jeg spiser fisk. (But I do eat fish.)

Jeg er veganer. (I’m a vegan.)

Ja, jeg spiser alt bortsett fra svinekjøtt. (Yes, I eat everything except pork.)

Har dere salat? Jeg er på slankekur. (Have you got any salad? I’m on a diet.)

 

Allergies

Har dere noe uten nøtter? (Have you got something without nuts?)

Er det hvitløk i maten? (Is there any garlic in the food?)

Jeg tåler ikke gluten. (I don’t tolerate gluten..)

Jeg er allergisk mot epler. (I’m allergic to apples.)

 

What you love & what you loathe

Reker er det beste jeg vet! (Shrimps are the best thing I know!)

Jeg elsker pizza. (I love pizza.)

Alle i familien liker fiskekaker. (Everybody in the family likes fish cakes.)

Hva er yndlingsretten din? (What’s your favourite dish?)

Liker du også fårikål? (Do you like fårikål too?)

Beklager, jeg liker ikke poteter. (I’m sorry, I don’t like potatoes.)

Jeg er ikke så glad i sterk mat. (I’m not so fond of spicy food.)

Jeg hater fisk! (I hate fish!)

 

Discussing while eating & complimenting the host

Dette ser veldig spennende ut! (This looks really exciting!)

Hva er det laget av? (What’s it made of?)

Håper det smaker! (Bon appétit!)

Mmm, det smaker kjempegodt! (Mmm, it tastes really delicious!)

Det smaker litt sterkt/surt/søtt/salt/bittert. (It tastes a bit strong/sour/sweet/salty/bitter.)

Det er det beste jeg har smakt på lenge. (It’s the best thing I’ve tasted in a long time.)

Kan du rekke meg saltet? (Can you hand me the salt, plese?)

Vær så god. (Here you are.)

Har dere laget det selv? (Have you guys made it yourselves?)

Kan jeg få oppskriften? (Could I get the recipe, please?)

 

After a meal you should always remember to say

Takk for maten! (Thank you for the food!)

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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.