Basic Disclaimer: I am not a native speaker. I am using these posts as a way of chronicling a semi-auto-didactic process. In other words, this is my way of seeing my own journey. I hope that others learn from it, and I hope that others contribute knowledge to it. To the Nynorsk activists out there, I apologise if a Bokmål word comes through as it is easier to find those words. Feel free to correct me in the comments, or by message.
Tea: English breakfast taken with cream, and sugar
Song: Janelle Monáe ‘Make me Feel’
Welcome! It is time to stretch my brain, and cry whilst learning a new language. I figured that the first full sentence that I write in Nynorsk be the most important phrase one will ever use, ‘Eg likar kaninborn. Kaninborn er pelsdott.’
I like bunnies. Bunnies are fluffy.
In my experience of learning languages, most classrooms start with the basic 5 sentence paragraph about oneself. It is an effective to way to learn the basics about the basics: declension, conjugation, adjectives, cases, and all the lovely grammar things which thrill me. I, however, have a habit of creating huge sentences in English — though not in this post so far…for some reason —. I learnt quickly then that paragraphs such as:
‘Having been born by his mother at precisely 2:08 in the morning on the 22nd of July in the year 1988 of our lord, J.A. Victor Wilson was approximately between 10 and 11 pounds of 22-inch babe. Crying rarely, he was termed a ‘grunter’ by the head nurse who after cleaning him, the babe, proceeded to give the babe to the mother, a M. W. (neé M., now B —I have shortened to initials to eliminate some publicity of my family—) who was very tired from such a quick birth. He, or shall I say ‘I’, enjoys reading, grammar, languages, politics, language conservation, tea, and dancing. At the height of 6’1”, he feels that he is shorter than he would prefer as he was a late bloomer — and, a late bed-wetter in fact, to the point where even nearing 30 he has nightmares of waking up spoilt in the morn —, and craved to be 6’5”; however, not having reached his goal, he blames his lack of healthy appetite as a child to which he has clearly tried to rectify to limited success, but we cheer him on in his endeavours. He, also, goes through favourites quite rapidly, and he, therefore, finds himself at a loss when playing social activities which require a sort of ‘team’ mentality: counter-intuitively, he, however, is very dedicated to his Hogwarts house, his politics, his religion, and his scarves — he prefers wool chunky, hand-knit, winter-style scarves even in the middle of summer —.’
These are beautifully written, if a bit stilted; nonetheless, they are too advanced for day one. That is the end of module one project. I then came up with a basic formula/joke that tells the first day of language learning:
‘I like bunnies. Bunnies are fluffy. My name is Victor. I am American. I have a family.’
‘Eg likar kaninborn. Kaninborn er pelsdott. Eg heiter Viktor. Eg er amerikansk. Eg har ein huslyd.’
That is much simpler.
Now, one knows more about me than one probably wanted at the beginning of the post; however, there it is.
It is now time for the vocabulary list:
1. Tea: te (masculine)/ein te,teen/tear,teane
2. Teapot: tekanne (feminine)/ei tekanne, tekanna/tekanner, tekannene
3.Brew (verb): bryggja. Eg bryggjar (I brew). Eg bryggja (I brewed). Eg har bryggja (I have brewed). Brygg! (Brew!)
4.Strainer: The only word which I can find close to it is ‘filter (neuter)/eit filter, filteret/ filter, filtera’; however, one can combine words. I would use tefilter (neuter)/ eit tefilter, tefilteret/tefilter, tefiltera.
5. Like (verb): lika. Eg likar (I like). Eg lika/likte (I liked). Eg har lika/likt (I have liked). Lik! (Like!).
6. Love (verb): elske/elska. Eg elskar (I love). Eg elska (I loved). Eg har elska (I have loved). Elsk! (Love!)
7.Need (verb): trengja. Eg trengjar (I need). Eg trengde (I needed). Eg har trengt (I have needed). Treng! (Need!)
8. Bunny (noun): Kaninbarn (neuter). This literally is ‘rabbit babe’, as in a young rabbit(…or rabbitling, one might say). Eit kaninbarn, eit kaninbarnet/ kaninborn, kaninborna.
9. Fluffy: pelsdott. This one proved difficult for me. This is more a pet-name than an adjective, but it seems to be useable for both. Edit: ‘lodne’ was suggested to me afterwards. This has been noted: thank you!
10. Miss (verb) this is as in to feel the absence of something, not as in to fail to hit: sakna. Eg saknar (I miss). Eg sakna (I missed). Eg har sakna (I have missed). Sakn! (Miss!)
Bonus word: 11. Cup: kopp (masculine). Ein kopp, koppen/ koppar, koppane
So, there we have it! Beginning to learn Nynorsk, I hope that it goes well.
Check out my twitter: @JA_VictorWilson
Official music video for ‘Make me Feel’: https://youtu.be/tGRzz0oqgUE