Why should I know this?
If someone asks you hva er i veien? it usually stems from concern or curiosity. It’s a request to give more details about a specific emotion, problem, or obstacle you may be having.
What does it mean?
When directly translated to English, hva er i veien? means, “what is in the road?”. The literal translation may be used if you are in a car, see something on the road, and ask, “what is in the road?” Though usually, hva er i veien? means “ what’s wrong?”. It is an expression that can be used in both casual conversation or in a professional settings.
Your boss can notice a dip in your work performance and ask, hva er i veien?
Your friend can see you wipe away tears and ask, hva er i veien?
Er det noe galt? – Is there something wrong?
Hva skjer? – What’s happening? / “What’s the matter?”
Use it like this
Hva er i veien med deg? – What’s the matter with you?
Kan ikke du fortelle meg hva er i veien? – Can’t you tell me what’s wrong?