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Norwegian Stress Posted by on Feb 28, 2017

If you want to talk with the natives, you have to hit an uttale (pronunciation) that is not too far off. 🙂 Of course, having a bit of accent is okay, as long as people don’t need to guess whether you meant hat or head. Stress is one of those little details that do matter…

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Reading a Norwegian Cafe Menu Posted by on Feb 25, 2017

Liker du å gå på kafé? (Do you like going to cafés?) Although Norway is not Italia (Italy), you can find koselige kaféer in most byer (towns and cities). Even in very small bygder (Norwegian-style villages), there often is a place where you can buy kaffi med noko attåt. Yes, that is usually written in…

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Verbs in the Mirror Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Koser dere dere? (Are you enjoying yourselves?) No, the double dere (you guys) isn’t a mistake – it’s a fun reflex of the Norwegian system of refleksive verb (reflexive verbs). There is a difference between I wash myself and I wash the dog, so speakers of many languges found a way to refer back to…

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8 Norwegian Proverbs Posted by on Jan 27, 2017

Before the Internet, proverbs were like offline memes that anybody could throw into a conversation to make a point! 🙂 Even though our communication has changed, ordtak (proverbs, literally ”word-grips”) still exist in many communities, including Norway. I think proverbs are a great window into the original ”mood” or setting of any language, so even…

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Happy New Year from the King Posted by on Dec 31, 2016

Unlike jula (Christmas), the Norwegian nyttårsfeiring (New Year Celebration) hasn’t got a lot of tradisjoner (traditioner). People get together, eat, drink (remember to say skål!) and watch fyrverkeri. (Fun fact: In Norway, after some recendt accidents, people aren’t allowed to use their own raketter – rockets – anymore, but many towns have their own official…

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