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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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100 Basic Words in Norwegian Posted by on Nov 27, 2016

Sometimes linguists come up with stuff that’s really useful for language learners. Even if science is not your thing, I hope you’ll like the Swadesh list as much as I do. 🙂 It’s a list of 100 ”core ideas” that speakers of most languages can express – just simple things like ”sun” or ”foot”. (This…

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The Movie Norway Loves Posted by on Oct 31, 2016

Did you know a Norwegian movie inspired Star Wars? After the last post about øvelseskjøring it’s time to highlight one of Norway’s biggest adventures of biler (cars) and kjærlighet (love) – Flåklypa Grand Prix (FLAWkleepah grannPREE)! On the top of a fjellknaus (”mountain hill”) – where the morning sun rises above the Big Gorge (der…

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