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It is the same situation in Swedish, although it should be noted that Tones 1 and 2 have different pitch contours in Swedish.

In fact, within Norway, especially in the west, as with other aspects of Norwegian pronunciation, you will hear tones pronounced in different ways. The system described here is typical in the east, including Oslo and it is hoped it will help you to train your ear.

Tone 1

  • Used for all words of one syllable and most of those ending in -el and -en.
  • The plurals of nouns with root vowel change e.g. bok -> bøker and the present tense of strong verbs e.g. kommer take Tone 1.
  • Di- or polysyllabic words of foreign origin with stress on syllables other than the first most often have Tone 1.