Ex. 02.01: Vowels – Writing
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Norwegian Vowels — æ ø å
As you have learned, the Norwegian alphabet has three additional vowels. They are not considered the same as other vowels with different accent marks, but are actually separate sounds. Throughout this portal and in class in general, you will be expected to use these vowels. This includes learning how to write them and type them on a computer.
Since several other keys (mostly punctuation) are in different locations on the Norwegian keyboard, some people prefer to toggle back and forth between English and Norwegian keyboards. Experiment with the different methods and find one that is best for you. Follow these directions to type the Norwegian vowels:
Option A: Standard English keyboard
Option key + other characters
- æ: option key + apostrophe
- Æ: option key + shift + apostrophe
- ø: option key + o
- Ø: option key + shift + o
- å: option key + a
- Å: option key + shift + a
Option B: Norwegian (bokmål) keyboard
- Click on system preferences
- Click on international
- Select the keyboard menu tab
- Select Norwegian bokmål
- There should be an American flag on your menu bar. If you click on it, you should be able to see a Norwegian flag. If you select the Norwegian flag, your keyboard will use the same keys that a PC uses for Norwegian vowels (see illustrations, below), which are:
æ = ‘
ø = ;
å = [
Option A: Standard English keyboard using the character Map
- To open Character Map, select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map. The Character Map will then appear on screen. Simply change the font and scroll through the display of characters, then select a desired character.
- You can copy individual or a group of characters to the Clipboard and paste them into any program that can display them. You can copy individual characters or a group of characters to the Clipboard and paste them into any program that can display them. Or, depending on the program you are using (such as WordPad), you can even copy characters by dragging them from Character Map directly into an open document.
Option B: Norwegian (bokmål) keyboard
- Click on the Start Menu, and select Control Panel.
- In Control Panels, select Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.
- Next, click on Regional and Language Options.
- In the Regional and Language Options control panel, click on the Languages tab.
- Under the Text services and input languages heading, click the Details button. The Text Services and Input Languages control panel will pop up.
- Under the Installed services heading, click the Add Button. For the Input language, select Norwegian (Bokmal), and for the keyboard layout, select Norwegian.
- After you have selected Norwegian input language and keyboard layout, click “Language bar” and edit your preferences there. Clicking on “Key Settings will allow you to choose the keys that will toggle from one language to another.
- Click OK and close all of the control panels. You should now be able to switch between the Norwegian and United States keyboard layouts by choosing the NO icon in the taskbar or pressing the keys you have selected to allow you to toggle back and forth.
- If the Norwegian keyboard has been enabled , simply select NO-norwegian bokmål–in the pop-up menu in the task bar (lower right-hand corner of your screen). Once you have selected Norwegian, the letters are as in the illustrations below. If they still do not appear, you may also need to select the Norwegian keyboard layout. That icon is also in the task bar, but may be hidden. If this is the case, you will need to right-click on the task bar to unlock it, then drag it open so that you can see the keyboard layout icon. Choose the Norwegian keyboard.
Æ, Ø & Å. Use the keyboard skills you just learned to rewrite the lower-case letters given below.
Correct 3 / 3 PointsIncorrect / 3 Points
1. æ =
2. ø =
3. å =