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How to search for a word in Norwegian LEXIN

Audio (speech synthesis) for Bokmål and Nynorsk in LEXIN

How to search for words in Norwegian LEXIN:

  1. Enter the word you would like to search for in the blank field above.
  2. Press the Search button.
  3. If the dictionary contains the word you searched for, information about this word will appear on the display.
  4. A small flower () behind a word means that the word is illustrated. Press the flower if you would like to see the picture.
  5. NB: In March 2010 we changed the LEXIN search functionality. We hope that all users will approve the new solution.
  6. In the new search you will get more hits than before. Five hits is displayed simultaneously. If you would like to see more, press the link Next 5 hits.
  7. The new search is not merely looking for entry words (lemmas). It is searching for words in the entire dictionary article. The old search was only able to find entry words, e.g. hus og katt. The new search also finds inflected forms, e.g. huset og katten, and it finds words used in phrases, examples, etc.
  8. The new search will also find words that contain the similar word or letters that you are searching for. If you are searching for e.g. hus, you will also find husdyr and sykehus (Bokmål) or sjukehus (Nynorsk). Earlier you had to search with hus*, *hus or *hus* to achieve this. The new search does this automatically. Do not use asterix (*) in your searches.
  9. The new search may also find several words placed one after the other, e.g. en katt (Bokmål) or ein katt (Nynorsk).
  10. (Consequently, the new search is looking more places and is finding more, but not if you are searching for words consisting of merely one or two letters. In such cases it will look only for entry words written exactly like your search word.)
  11. The new search is aiming to display the most accurate hits first. It also displays your search word marked with yellow all the places it is found.
  12. If the new search is empty, it will try to look for words similar to the one you entered, just in case you may have misspelled the search word. In such cases there will be no yellow in the search result(s).

Audio (speech synthesis) for Bokmål and Nynorsk in LEXIN

LEXIN is now able to read Norwegian text in the search result (Bokmål and Nynorsk). Behind each Norwegian field in the search result you will see a speaker icon (). Click this icon to listen to the field text be read out loud.

Speech synthesis

The text is read with an 'synthetic' (artificial) voice. The technology for the solution is a product called leseWEB, delivered by the VoiceASP AS company. The sound you hear is produced on the company's servers. The voices themselves are made by the companies Acapela Group ('Kari' and 'Olav' for Bokmål) and Lingit ('Inger' and 'Isak' for Nynorsk).


You can choose between a female and a male voice. You do this from a button for settings () in the upper left of the screen image. When you click the settings button, the following box appears:

The text in the box is in Norwegian only, but you find the gender setting at the bottom of the box (F = female, M = male).

From the same box you can choose reading speed. This is the top setting, with Høy = high, Normal = normal and Lav = low. Normal and Lav (low) are the most useful settings. When the setting is Lav (low), the text is read a little but slower than normal.

In the middle of the box there is also a setting for line capacity. The values are God (high), Middels (medium) and Lav (low). Select the higher value God (high).

(If your internet connection is very poor, the text might not be read, or only the beginning might be read. Unfortunately it doesn't help to change the setting.)

There is a Help link () in the box, but this only leads to a blank page. The relevant help is in the text you are now reading.

If you want to make the settings box invisible, click the settings button () one more time.

The system remembers your settings. But if you share the computer with other users, and you all log in with the same user name, you might get the previous user's settings.

The system remembers your settings with the help of so-called 'cookies'. If cookies are disabled in your web browser, the system will not be able to remember your settings. Instead you will get the standard settings, which is a female voice with normal reading speed.

No audio?

Make sure audio is enabled on your computer, and that the volume is set to a suitable level.

If there still is no sound, then check other web pages that contain audio. If no sound can be heard from these pages either, the fault lies with your browser or computer. Your browser might need a player or 'plug-in' for audio. You can find links to some free audio players on leseWEB's Danish web pages.

With Internet Explorer some audio might disappear. If this happens, try to click once more. (Internet Explorer may lose the beginning of the first sound after you have made a new search, or after you have browsed to another page of the search result.)

For those who know leseWEB from earlier: leseWEB is used in many Norwegian and Nordic web sites. At most sites the user can choose the text to be read by selecting the text with the mouse and clicking a 'play' button. This would not work well for the LEXIN search results, because they often contain a mixture of Norwegian text and text in other languages. In addition the text contains special characters and incomplete words that cannot be read as they show on the screen. Therefore we have chosen a different solution for LEXIN: Each Norwegian field has its own speaker button (icon) (). In addition there is something that secretly improves the text for reading out loud.


In an ideal world the text should be read by a human, but it would be very expensive to have natural sound for all Norwegian text in LEXIN. The artificial voice will not get every word right, we think and hope that speech synthesis will be a useful addition to LEXIN.

If you discover words that are not read correctly, please mail us, and we will inform the speech synthesis company. Remember to tell us if it is a Bokmål or a Nynorsk voice that makes the error, and if it is the male or the female voice.

Utdanningsdirektoratet, Uni Computing 2015.