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How to Survive Heatwaves in Norway Posted by on Jul 31, 2019

Huff så varmt! (Ugh, how hot!) Like many other places in Europe, Norge has also been recently hit by a hetebølge (heat wave). Here’s a tiny survival guide for the next time termometeret viser over 30 grader (the thermometer shows more than 30 °C). Husk å drikke mye vann! (Remember to drink lots of water!)…

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3 Billy Goats Bruse Posted by on Jun 30, 2019

Hello, how are you, see you later. As language learners, we often focus on everyday communication. Still, dreaming and telling stories is also important! Below is one of the most famous eventyr (fairy-tales) by the Norwegian folktale collectors Asbjørnsen og Moe (19th century) – De tre bukkene Bruse. (In English it’s known as Three Billy…

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Waving the flag Posted by on May 17, 2019

Gratulerer med dagen! (Congratulations with the day!) It’s 17. mai again, and Norwegians all over the world are celebrating not only grunnloven (the constitution), but all things Norwegian. This year, let’s take a look at the beautiful Norwegian flagg. No matter where you go in Norway, you’re bound to catch a glimpse of the pennant…

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The Job Question Posted by on Apr 30, 2019

Hva jobber du med? (What’s your job?) Many people love talking about their job, and Norwegians are no exception! 🙂 When everything else fails, throw in some work-related vocabulary to keep the conversation afloat… – Jeg er sykepleier / lærer / baker. (I’m a nurse / teacher / baker.) – Åh, det høres spennende ut!…

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Talking about Languages Posted by on Mar 31, 2019

Beklager, jeg snakker ikke engelsk! (Sorry, I don’t speak English!) Although I normally wouldn’t recommend lying, the previous phrase might come handy if you’re a beginner & want to practice your norsk! 🙂 Otherwise there is a certain chance that the Norwegians you meet will answer you in their excellent English… Let’s talk about språk…

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Criss-crossing Norway Posted by on Feb 28, 2019

If you look in an atlas, Norway looks like a very long vott (mitten – or do you see something else?) Add a lot of fjorder og fjell (fjords and mountains), and it’s easy to see how Norwegians can have a hard time getting around. 🙂 Fortunately, there are many ways to criss-cross the country……

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Describing Looks Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

Hvordan ser han/hun ut? How does he/she look? You might not carry around photos of everyone you know in mobilen din (your mobile phone), so now and then you’ll need ord (words) to describe somebody’s utseende (appearance, literally ”out-looking”). Høy, lav, stor, kraftig, liten, tykk, tynn (tall, short, big, strongly built, small, thick/stout, thin) –…

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