what is up with the “e” ending?! Posted by kari on Jan 23, 2010 in Language
Doesn’t it seem like almost all norske ord (Norwegian words) end in bokstaven ‘e’ (the letter “e”)? A recent comment on an old post about norsk uttalelse (Norwegian pronunciation) inquired about the ‘e’ ending on so many norske ord. I remember thinking that same thought when I first begynte å lære norsk (began to learn Norwegian). I also remember that it was vanskelig (difficult) to remember how to pronounce the ‘e’ ending, since most of the time bokstaven ‘e’ is pronounced similar to ‘ay’ på engelsk (in English).
alene (alone), evighet (eternity), bever (beaver), leder (leader), krem (cream)
‘e’ is also sometimes pronounced like ‘e’ in hen, Ben, or Ken.
grense (border), melk (milk), brenne (burn), verre (worse)
Now, for the question about how to uttale (pronounce) ‘e’ when it’s at the end of et ord…
most verbs in the infinitive (å) form:
å drikke (to drink), å grille (to grill), å vaske (to wash), å handle (to shop), å løpe (to run)
other types of words, such as substantiver (nouns), adjektiver (adjectives), adverber (adverbs), og navner (names) end in ‘e’.
stille (quiet), øye (eye), pute (pillow), o.s.v.
It may seem odd, but the ‘e’ ending is actually pronounced the same way as the ‘et’ ending for definite neuter nouns (skapet-the closet, bordet-the table). It is pronounced like ‘eh,’ basically the same as the ‘e’ sound in grense, melk, og brenne.
På engelsk, we are used to not pronouncing the final ‘e’ in a word, but på norsk, the final ‘e’ is always pronounced.
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