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Summer Nights in Norway Posted by on May 31, 2021

Gratulerer med vel overstått! (Congratulations with a ”well passed” [birthday]!) This belated greeting – a handy Norwegian lifeline for forgetful people – will have to do for all you fans of Norway in 2021. Due to technicalities, I was unable to wish you gratulerer med dagen (happy constitution day) on May 17th. Beklager tradisjonsbruddet! (Sorry…

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Norwegian Question Words Posted by on Apr 30, 2021

After some musings about Norwegian society, it’s time to get back to what you’re actually learning: språket (the language). I was surprised to discover that neither the previous blogger Kari nor I had written about spørreord (question words), so let’s fill that gap immediately! 🙂 What is a question word? Well, the answer lies in…

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Making it as a woman in Norway Posted by on Mar 30, 2021

Did you celebrate kvinnedagen (Women’s Day) on March 8th? This year, many people decided to turn all of mars (March) into a kvinnemåned (Women’s Month) to highlight women’s achievements and ongoing struggle around verden (the world). For this month’s post my idea was to interview ei norsk kvinne i et mannsdominert arbeidsmiljø (a Norwegian woman…

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Is Norwegian a Happiness Drug? Posted by on Feb 27, 2021

Blir du glad av å snakke norsk? (Does speaking Norwegian make you happy?) Although linguists don’t seem to agree to which degree the language we speak might shape our perception of verden (the world), I’ve often heard comments like: ”Norwegians are always so friendly,” ”Norwegians just sound so happy when they talk,” and even: ”Is…

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Fun in the Snow Posted by on Jan 21, 2021

Mange ønsket seg en hvit jul i 2020. (Many people were wishing for a white Christmas in 2020.) Only this month, however, snøen (the snow) decided to grace large parts of Norge. Let’s get outside and have some fun! Det er ikke så vanskelig å gå på skøyter [shoyter]. (Ice skating is not that hard.)…

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Two Ways of Giving Posted by on Dec 17, 2020

Jula er ei tid for gaver og kos. (Christmas is a time for gifts and cosiness!) Have you bought all your presents yet? While many of us are still pondering to whom to give what, let’s look at the Norwegian grammar of giving. The Norwegian verb å gi [aw yee] is historically related to the…

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Riding the Second Wave Posted by on Nov 30, 2020

Hei! Hvordan går det? Jeg håper alle fortsatt har det bra – og lærer norsk tross korona. (Hi! How is it going? I hope everybody is still doing fine – and learning Norwegian in spite of COVID-19.) Dette er den tredje bloggposten om korona. (This is the third blog post about corona.) Temaet er kanskje…

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