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Making a call to Customer Support Posted by on Jul 29, 2016

(Photo courtesy of Sylvain Kalache at Flickr, CC License.)

Calling a Norwegian company for kundeservice [KOONNehserviss] (customer support)? Although the (wo)man at the other end of the line probably speaks good English, (s)he might just give you that extra amount of attention if you do speak Norwegian! 🙂 Here are a few phrases to keep you going. Trykk 1 for meny, trykk 2 for…

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Souvenir Hunting in Norway Posted by on Jul 18, 2016

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Hei! Hvordan går det? Hopefully, your answer is bra (well)! 🙂 To many people, sommeren ([the] Summer) is a time for reiser (travels). Maybe you even found your way to Norge, to enjoy the land of fjorder og fjell? Here are some suvenirer you may consider bringing home: • norsk melkesjokolade (Norwegian chocolate). While some…

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Y U always mix up Norwegian vowels Posted by on Jun 20, 2016


Unless you’re a Norwegian (or a Swede), you’ll probably find the language a bit difficult to pronouce. I think Norwegian (and Swedish) dialects are a sonical challenge mainly because – they’ve got 2 different word melodies – think Chinese – the vowels are not what you’d expect – many dialects have tricky consonant combos (often involving the…

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A Norwegian bird’s tale Posted by on Jun 10, 2016

The beautiful myrsnipe. (Photo courtesy of Arnstein Rønning at Flickr, CC License.)

How do you learn norsk when you’re not surrounded by the language? Well, surprise, bøker (books) can be excellent teachers! 🙂 Read a bit of Norwegian every day, and slowly the language will be taking over your brain… Mohaha! :-] The problem, of course, is finding texts that fit your level. Most books are either too long&difficult – or too easy&boring……

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Colour your tongue! Posted by on May 28, 2016


Can you imagine a day without farger (colours)? It’s no wonder that many language courses are quick to introduce a few colours. Here are the basic ones in Norwegian – can you guess the meaning of the words? 1 rød 2 blå 3 gul 4 grønn 5 brun 6 oransj [oRANSH] 7 lilla 8 svart…

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