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Table Manners & Phrases

Norwegian

English

Til bords

To the table

et bord

A table

mat

Food

ei stol

A chair

en gaffel

A fork

et kniv

A knife

ei skje

A spoon

ei teskje

A teaspoon

ei storskje

A tablespoon

en tallerken

A plate/platter

ei bolle

A bowl

en serviette

A napkin

ei kopp

A cup

et glass

A glass

 

Norwegian

English

Takk for maten!

Thanks for the food (said at the end of the meal, to the host(ess))

Be/Skal vi be?

Prayer/Shall we pray?

Vil du ha litt ______, takk?

Would you like a little ________?

Ja, takk!

Yes, thanks.

Nei, takk.

No, thanks. (shake your head)

Kaffe og kake

Coffee & cake (or cookies, or other things)

smørbrød

Open-faced sandwiches (literally “butter-bread”)

matpakker

Food packages for take-along lunches, wrapped a certain way in waxed paper or in a food container

Kan du sende meg _______?

Could you pass me ________?

Vær god!

Here you go (literally “be so good”)

 

Norwegian

English

frokost

Breakfast

lunsj

Lunch

middag

Dinner

kveldsmat

Evening “snack” (a light meal before bedtime)

 

See http://decentius.hit.uib.no/lexin.html?ui-lang=eng for pictures.

Click here for the table prayer.