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!)

Say hello to Norway’s Nessie!

Posted on 09. Jun, 2015 by in Geography, Holidays, Nature


Sign at Seljord Camping: SJØORMFARE (Sea Monster Danger) [Photo by Bjørn A. Bojesen]

Alle kjenner (everybody knows) Nessie – the Scottish lake monster from Loch Ness. But did you know Norway has its own sjøorm [shuh-ohrm] (”sea worm”)? I recently was lucky enough to … well, see innsjøen (the lake) where it’s supposed to live! :-)

Telemark fylke (county) is a beautiful and varied place in the summer season, full of blomster (flowers). It’s less mountainous than Western Norway, and much less populous than the Oslo area, so of course people from hovedstaden (the capital) and other nearby cities come here to camp, play sports, (wait for the sun to appear to they can) sunbathe and swim in innsjøene or at the short coastline. For some reason, noone was swimming in Seljordsvatnet (the Seljord ”water”) when two family members and I were passing by…

There are many accounts of a huge orm (worm) living in the narrow lake next to the town of Seljord in central Telemark. Some people even claim to have taken foto (photos) of Seljordsormen (the Seljord worm), or Selma, as the beloved mythical beast is also called! (Well, the ones I’ve seen look more like bølger – waves – but who knows!)

Selma on the arms of Seljord. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons, CC License.)

Selma on the arms of Seljord. (Drawing from Wikimedia Commons, CC License.)

Even prominent people, such as former mayor Solveig Sundbø Abrahamsen, claim to have seen Seljord’s number one unseen tourist attraction. Maybe that’s why ormen is featured in the kommunevåpen (town arms).

Sola var varm (the sun was hot) above the lake when we were there, and to our great delight there was a skilt [sheelt] (sign) pointing to a sjøormtårn (sea worm tower) – built of wood next to the water just like a fugletårn (bird hide, literally ”bird tower”)!

Unfortunately, the worm was too shy to reveal itself to alle turistene på stranda (all the tourists at the beach). If you ever go there, bring a kikkert (binoculars) and et åpent sinn (an open mind). And oh, don’t rush it like we did. Sjøormer certainly seem to be creatures that take their time!

(Next week we’ll be looking at some phrases that might be more ”everyday-ish”, so stay tuned!)

Gratulerer med 17. mai!

Posted on 17. May, 2015 by in Holidays, Politics, Traditions

17. mai-tale (May 17 th. speech) in action. Former Norwegian PM shared his words of wisdom with Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan on May 17th 2010. (Image courtesy of Statsministerens kontor – The Prime Minister’s Office – at Flickr, CC License.)

17. mai-tale (May 17 th. speech) in action. Former Norwegian PM sharing his words of wisdom with Norwegian soldiers in Afghanistan on May 17th 2010. (Image courtesy of Statsministerens kontor – The Prime Minister’s Office – at Flickr, CC License.)

Kjære faste lesere, kjære tilfeldige internettsurfere,vi er samlet her på denne bloggen for å feire den norske grunnloven. Den 17. mai 1814 ble 112 menn i Eidsvoll enige om de lovene som et fritt og selvstendig Norge skulle bygge på. Idealene deres var frihet, likhet og brorskap, og ikke minst kjærlighet til fedrelandet.

Hvert år feirer nordmenn over hele verden denne dagen med norske flagg, bunader og allsang. 17. mai er barnas dag. Glade barn og voksne går i tog gjennom norske bygder og byer. Korpsene spiller, og russen lager liv i bakgrunnen. I Oslo kommer kongefamilien ut på slottsbalkongen for å vinke til barnetoget.

Her på Transparent Languages norskblogg er et 17 mai.-innlegg en fast tradisjon. Trofaste lesere har fått vite det meste om denne særnorske festdagen. Derfor tenkte jeg at det var på tide å presentere dere for en annen typisk 17. mai-tradisjon: 17. mai-talen. Lykke til med studiene, og takk for at dere kikket innom!

Gratulerer med dagen!

Dear regular readers, dear random Internet surfers,we are gathered here on this blog to celebrate the Norwegian constitution. May 17th 1814, 112 men at Eidsvoll agreed on those laws that a free and independent Norway should be built upon. Their ideals were liberty, equality and brotherhood, and, not least, love for the homeland.

Each year Norwegians all over the world are celebrating this day with Norwegian flags, bunader (Norwegian national costumes) and community singing. May 17th is the children’s day. Happy children and adults march in processions through Norwegian towns and cities. The bands are playing and the ”russ” (the 18- or 19-year-olds about to ”free” themselves from secondary schooling) are enlivening [the day] in the background. In Oslo the Royal Family enters the castle balcony to wave to the children procession.

Here at Transparent Language’s Norwegian blog a May 17th post is a regular custom. Loyal readers have got to know most things about this uniquely Norwegian festive day. That’s why I thought it was due time to introduce you to another typical May 17th tradition: the May 17th speech. Good luck with your studies, and thanks for dropping by!

”Congratulations with the day!” (The typical greeting between Norwegians on this day.)

Thanks to Cecilie Bakkelid for the inspiration!