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1.1. Random phrases

  Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
1 Kwārna fārna? (Fo.) Hvar (ert þú) farinn? Where are you going?
2 Spoŋna ligərə (ligənə) glegan (Fo.) spónninn liggr í glygginu(m) The spoon is lying in the window
3 Mādər to de bjadni (Fo.) matr til barnsins > til barnið; L.Sc. to, de Food to the child
4 Ø'lt i rigən (Un.) ilt í hrygginum (I feel) a pain in the back
5 Fō me a dək (Uw.) fá mér (ein) drykk Give me something to drink
6 Skỏņdi (skỏņd dee), pjâgi (Us.) Fær. skunda tær, pjak Be quick, you slowcoach
7 to lāg de ķør(ə)n (U., Fe.?)
now more commonly to mỏn de baess
laga kýrnar
muna 'to move'
To 'flit' the cows
8 Oba døņa! (C.) opna dyrnar Open the door!
9 Godən dāg! Dogən dāg!
Godən (dogən) dāg til dōrā!
góðan dag!
góðan dag til yðvar!
Good-day!
Good-day to you! (the return greeting)

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1.2. A colloquy between two old men in Foula:

  Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
10 - Ja'rta, bodəna kåməna ro'ntəna (rotəna) Kåmba.
- Kwatə jāda?
- Dæfnajōr(n)a!

- Ja'rta, bota koməna ro'mpa [romba] Komba.
- Kwata ita?
- Stūraskītin!

- Hjarta, bátrinn er kominn runt um Kambinn.
- Hvat er þat [þetta]?
- Dauft eyra! (Dauf eyru!)

- Hjarta, bátrinn er kominn runt um Kambinn.
- Hvat er þat [þetta]?
- Stóri skítr!

- My heart (my dear), the boat (a boat) has come round de Kaim
- What do you say?, prop. What is that?
- Deaf ear! (Big shit!)

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http://nornlanguage.x10.mx/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=28

 

1.3. A colloquy from Unst:

  Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
11 - Mårjan, ara du iņe?
- Jō!
- Sala slāg däin før ķø˙rən?
- Jo ģεra so, ģεra so!

Another version of the same colloquy:

- Morian arra doo enya?
- Yo!
- Skölaug dine cür füren?
- Yo gerasso gerasso!
(from B.Edmonston and Jessie M.Saxby's "The Home of a Naturalist")

- Marion, ert þú inni?
- Ja! (Jú!)
- Skal ek ... þínar kýr?
- Ja (Jú), gera svá, gera svá!
- Marion, are you in there?
- Yes!
- Shall I 'flit' your cows?
- Yes, do so.

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1.4. A colloquy between a home-owner and his servant

  Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
12 - Kwārna fārna?
- Fārna sikəna droka?
- Fārna radna sikəna droka?
- Hvar ertu farinn?
- Farinn ??? at drekka?
- Farinn ??? at drekka?
- Where have you been?
- I have been to get something to drink (a drink)
- Have you been up in the roof to get something to drink?

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1.5.Kind of address to a cat

  Norn Old Norse/Nordic English
13 Up (åp) aboot de ļōra (< *jōra), gỏit fərə mỏŋa Upp um eyrat, gott fyrir munninn. Up around the ear (with the paw)!
(that is) good for the mouth (= that promises us a lucky catch of fish)

 

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