Norwegian summer phrases

Posted on 31. Jul, 2015 by in Leisure, Vocabulary

(Photo by Stian Rødven Eide at Flickr, CC License.)

(Photo by Stian Rødven Eide at Flickr, CC License.)

Underveis (on the way)

Unnskyld… (Excuse me…)

Kan du vise oss veien til Kongeparken? (Could you show us the way to the Kongeparken amusement park?)

Hvor ligger den nærmeste campingplassen? (Where is the nearest camping site?)

Hvor lang tid tar det å kjøre til Bodø? (How long time will it take to drive to Bodø?)

Vi leter etter en bensinstasjon. (We’re looking for a petrol station.)

Vi har gått oss vill… Kan du hjelpe? (We’ve got lost. Can you help?)

Vet dere hva klokka er? (Do you guys know what time is it?)

Kart/kompass/kikkert/telt/sovepose/termos/fiskestang (Map, compass/binoculars/tent/sleeping bag/vacuum jug/fishing rod)

 

Ved sjøen (by the sea)

Vil du bli med å svømme? (Would you like to go for a swim?)

Vannet er veldig varmt. (The water is very hot.)

Jeg foretrekker å sole meg. (I prefer sunbathing.)

Barna leker. (The kids are playing.)

Skal vi spille fotball? (Would you like to play football?)

Jeg tar meg en tur i båten. (I’ll go for a trip with the boat.)

Parasoll/håndkle/solkrem/badebukse/badedrakt/bikini/badeball (sunshade/towel/suntan lotion/swimming trunks/swimsuit/bikini/beach ball)

 

Byliv (city life)

Vi leter etter et billig hotell. (We’re looking for a cheap hotel.)

Hvor ligger turistinformasjonen? (Where’s the tourist information?)

Det er mange folk i parken i dag. (There are many people in the park today.)

Lyst på utepils? (Fancy an ”outdoor beer”?)

Jeg har mest lyst på is. (I prefer an icecream/I want an icecream ”the most”.)

Skal vi grille i kveld? (Are we going to grill tonight?)

kotelletter/pølser/ketsjup/pølsebrød/brus/softis (chops/sausages/ketchup/sausage bread/lemonade/soft-ice)

 

Nye venner (new friends)

Hei, hva heter du? (Hi, what’s your name?)

Jeg lærer norsk. (I’m learning Norwegian.)

Vil du bli Facebook-venn med meg? (Would you like to friend me on Facebook?)

Her er telefonnummeret mitt. (Here’s my telephone number.)

Hyggelig å møte deg! (Nice to meet you!)

Land of Summer Possibilities

Posted on 19. Jul, 2015 by in Holidays, Music

(Photo by the blogger.)

(Photo by the blogger.)

Endelig sommerferie! (Finally summer holiday!) Juli måned (the month of July) is a joyous time of empty schools and – occasionally – blue skies in Norge. Many foreigners go to Norway to enjoy fjord og fjell and beautiful sceneries. But how do Norwegians spend the vacation?

Hjemme [yemmeh] (at home). When your surroundings are already gorgeous, there isn’t much need to go anywhere, right? Of course, many nordmenn always have hytta (”the cabin”) as a way to get a bit away…

Ferie i Norge (holiday in Norway). As long as you have a bil (car), and are not afraid of villmarka (the wilderness), the possibilites are as endless as they get. Many barnefamilier (families with children) drive down south to Kristiansand Dyrepark (Kristiansand Zoo) to say hello to alle dyrene (all the animals), have fun in theme areas such as Kardemomme by (Cardamom Town – from a famous children’s book), and feel the thrill of shows such as Kaptain Sabeltann (Captain Sabretooth – a pirate’s tale). Of course, people also go in the oppite direction. With the ship Hurtigruten you can go all the way from the tree houses of Bryggen in Bergen to midnattssol (midnight sun) in Kirkenes!

The ship of Kaptain Sabeltann. (Photo by Peter Krefting at Flickr, CC License.)

The ship of Kaptain Sabeltann. (Photo by Peter Krefting at Flickr, CC License.)

Syden (the South). Norway is a rich country, and Norwegians travel all over the world. Many people still, however, long for Syden – a wonderful place where the sand is always golden, sola (the sun) is always hot, the people are always hot, and the drinks are perfect. Sometimes Syden means Spain, sometimes Greece, sometimes Turkey…

Nabolandene (the neighbouring countries) Danmark og Sverige aren’t really utlandet (foreign countries, literally ’the outland’). Some Norwegians enjoy going to Sweden, which has lower prices and bigger cities than Norway. And you’d be surprised to hear just how many Norwegians head south to Denmark each year! With cheap drikkevarer (drinks), entertainment parks and long beaches, it’s a kind of ”mini Syden” for many Norwegians.

På festival (”at festival”). Lots of young Norwegians gleder seg veldig (look very much forward to) festivalsesongen (the festival season). From my own experience I know that there are so many Norwegians at the Danish Roskilde Festival that it almost feels Norwegian! Festivals in Norway are growing each year, with some of the most famous being Øyafestivalen in Oslo and Pstereo in Trondheim.

Summer Cleaning

Posted on 30. Jun, 2015 by in Leisure, Vocabulary

(Photo by Lory Lindner at Flickr, CC License.)

(Photo by Lory Lindner at Flickr, CC License.)

Da er det på tide med litt rengjøring! (Then it’s time for some cleaning!) If you’re anything like me, you’d rather vente til neste dag (wait until the next day). The støv (dust) and skitt [shit] (dirt), unfortunately, don’t go on holiday… :-( Here are some words and phrases to help you get that kost (broom) movin’ in Norwegian:

Klesvask (laundry)

Hvor kan vi vaske klær? (Where can we wash our clothes?)

Alle hyttene har adgang til vaskemaskin. (All the cabins have access to a washing machine.)

Hvordan virker vaskemaskinen? (How does the washing machine work?)

vaskepulver, klessnor, klesklyper, tørkemaskin, strykejern, strykebrett (washing powder, clothes-line, clothers-pegs, tumbler drier, iron, ironing board)

 

Deg (you)

Er du også svett? (Are you sweaty too?)

Jeg trenger en dusj. (I need a shower.)

Kan du låne meg litt sjampo? (Could you borrow me some shampoo, please?)

varmt vann, kaldt vann, såpe, håndkle, tannbørste, tannkrem (hot water, cold water, soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste)

Det er lurt å børste tenner etter du har spist. (It’s wise to brush your teeth after you’ve eaten.)

 

Hjemme [yemmeh] (at home)

Hvor er støvsugeren? (Where’s the vacuum cleaner?)

Greitt. Jeg vasker doen, og du tømmer søpla. (Allright. I’ll clean the loo, and you empty the waste[bin].)

Hvem tar oppvasken? (Who’s gonna do the dishes?)

kost, feiebrett, fille, rengjøringsmiddel, børste, oppvaskmaskin (broom, dustpan, cloth, cleanser, brusth, dishwasher)

 

Bilen/båten (the car/the boat)

Når vasket vi bilen sist? (When did we wash the car last time?)

Det fins en bilvask på bensinstasjonen. (There is a carwash at the petrol/gas station.)

Først vasker og skurer vi dekket, så maler vi båten. (First we’ll wash and scrub the deck, then we’ll paint the boat.)

bøtte, svamp, vannslange (bucket, sponge, water hose)

 

A note to my patient readers: In my last post, I wrote this post would appear ”next week”. Because of another writing task, that became a very long week indeed. :-) My goal for July is to shorten the time between posts a bit. Takk for tålmodigheten! (Thanks for your patience!)