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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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Norwegian Christmas TV Posted by on Dec 24, 2016

Norway is a country of many juletradisjoner (Christmas traditions). For decades, TV-titting [TEH VEH teetting] (”the watching of television”) has been an important part of jula (Christmas) for lots of norske familier (Norwegian families). Når hele familien samles (when the whole family is gathered) foran fjernsynet (in front of the television set), accompanied by some…

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Worst Case Norwegian Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Vanligvis er Norge et veldig trygt land. (Normally, Norway is a very safe country.) Here are a few expressions to use when everything goes wrong… – Hjelp, jeg har gått meg vill! (Help me, I’ve lost my way!) – Vet du hvordan jeg kommer meg tilbake til veien? (Do you know how I get back…

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