How To Name And Pronounce Colors In Norwegian

Roses are røde, violets are blå, here’s all the colors in Norwegian you need to know-uh. With this guide you’ll know the whole Norwegian regnbue (rainbow)!
November 14, 2018
How To Name And Pronounce Colors In Norwegian

Even in the bleakest Scandinavian winters, Norway is filled with pops of color. There are vibrant houses, beautiful fjords and, if you’re lucky, the Northern Lights. Imagine being there without the words to describe the sights you’re seeing! To help you avoid that, we created this guide for naming and pronouncing colors in Norwegian.

Before getting to the words, a brief note on how to use the terms in a sentence. Norwegian color terms have to agree with the words they’re describing, whether they be masculine, feminine or neuter. Below, we list each form of the color words and indicate when they’d be used, but you’ll have to determine what kind of noun you’re describing. Also, the adjective comes before the noun in Norwegian, so “red apples” would be røde epler. With that knowledge, here are the words!

a color — en farge

red — rød (masc.), rødt (neut.), røde (plur.)

orange — oransje (masc., neut., plur.)

yellow — gul (masc.), gult (neut.), gule (plur.)

green — grønn (masc.), grønt (neut.), grønne (plur.)

blue — blå (masc., plur.), blått (neut.)

purple — lilla (masc., neut., plur.)

pink — rosa (masc., neut., plur.)

brown — brun (masc.), brunt (neut.), brune (plur.)

black — svart (masc., neut.), svarte (plur.)

white — hvit (masc.), hvitt (neut.), hvite (plur.)

light — lys

dark — mørk

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Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.
Thomas grew up in suburban Massachusetts, and moved to New York City for college. He studied English literature and linguistics at New York University, but spent most of his time in college working for the student paper. Because of this, he has really hard opinions about AP Style. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and getting angry about things on Twitter. He's spent a lot of time trying to learn Spanish, and has learned a little German.

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