Norwegian Language Blog

10 Great Posts for Beginners Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway (Photo courtesy of Kristoffer Trolle at Flickr, CC License.)

Jotunheimen National Park, Norway (Photo courtesy of Kristoffer Trolle at Flickr, CC License.)

Are you new to the Norwegian language? 🙂 In that case: Velkommen! On this blog you’ll find a wide variety of topics of everything related to Norwegian language and culture. Whether you come to Norway for the fjords and valleys or want to watch ”Troll Hunter” without subtitles, there should be something for you here. 🙂 Don’t be scared by the size of this blog – it’s been growing quite a lot during the last few years! Here are 10 great places to start reading for those of you who’re fortunate enough to be beginners and come to the language with a lot of happy expectations and excitement!

1. What time is it? Telling the time isn’t hard in Norwegian, and asking hva er klokka? can be a great way to practise your speaking skills.

2. Norwegian – Getting Started. This post is, quite simply, a neat collection of everyday phrases that might come handy.

3. The Third Gender. Ever wondered why ”the book” appears as both boka and boken? Maybe it’s not the first thing you need to know… Still, it’s always good to be prepared! 🙂 This post aims to take away some of the confusion new Norwegian learners face.

4. Big and Small. Many learners are also confused by the various words for ”big” and ”small”. There’s really no need to worry… 🙂

5. Familien. Most people have a family; this post gives you the most basic vocabulary for talking about yours… (Or the king’s…)

6. How To Say What You Like. Liking things will be of great help to you as a tourist, as the locals will appreciate you appreciating their culture! 🙂

7. The I, the Y and the J. Why is ski pronounced ”she”, while sko (shoe) is pronounced ”skoh”? Say it like a native!

8. Is Norwegian the new Chinese? Maybe this is for advanced beginners, but anyway… Perhaps you already noticed that Norwegians are singing all the time? If this is too complicated, you could learn about colour words instead.

9. A Taste of Nynorsk. You’ll soon discover that Norwegian can be written in two different ways. Why not try the taste of that ”other Norwegian” – Nynorsk – straight away?

10. 100 Most Common Written Words in Norwegian. When you know these words, you’ll just be onte step closer to reading newspaper articles and children’s books.

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


  1. Bree:

    I would like to learn more. My norwegian has gotten so rusty over the years.

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Bree @Well, you can start reading this blog, and then maybe take Transparent’s language course. 🙂