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Skandinavians – the skiing pioneers Posted by on Mar 31, 2009

Seriously, what an awesome thing to be the first at.  The earliest carvings of skiing date back to 5000 B.C. in the region of Rødøy, Norway where there was an image of a skiier with a pole.  The earliest ski was found in Sweden and dates back to roughly the same time period.  I’m not…

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Religion-tror du? Posted by on Mar 23, 2009

Religion-do you believe?  Tror dere på Gud? Do you (pl) believe in God?  Any god? One of the headlines on ‘aftenposten.no’ today is “Absurd å tenke at det finnes noe mer” – Absurd to think that there is something else (finnes literally translates to ‘is found).  The following excerpt comes from the article (which you…

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Spring fever Posted by on Mar 22, 2009

Vårfeber er her! Spring fever is here!  At least for me.  This weekend has been gorgeous.  Det regnet hele dagen på fredag. It rained the whole day on Friday, so it’s been really nice to see sola denne helgen (the sun this weekend)!  Nå blåser det mye (now it’s blowing a lot/it’s very windy), men…

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norske adjektiver Posted by on Mar 17, 2009

You were probably wondering when I would get into adjectives.  Today is your lucky day!  Don’t worry-they really aren’t that painful.  I’ve said before that pronunciation is the most difficult part of learning the Norwegian language and the grammar is the easy part.  Adjectives are no exception to this rule.  As long as you follow…

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Hvordan er været? Posted by on Mar 15, 2009

Hvordan er været, hvordan er været, hvordan er været i dag?  Hvordan er været, hvordan er været, hvordan er været i dag?  Ja det regner ute, regner ute, ja det regner i dag. This is a song that I taught to little kids at the Norwegian pre-school I used to work at.  It is a very simple…

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Parental leave-a relatively new concept Posted by on Mar 13, 2009

As one of you mentioned in a response to the last post on gender equality, Norway implements quite a nice parental leave policy.  The best part about the policy is how flexible it is.  Parents are allowed to take either 44 weeks (10 months) of full-paid leave or 54 weeks (12.5 months) of 80% paid leave.  Now, those months can…

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Gender Equality in Norway Posted by on Mar 11, 2009

men = menn               women =kvinner           a man= en mann           a woman=ei/en kvinne the men= mennene                the women=kvinnene              a boy=en gutt         a girl=ei/en jente Many Americans think that since most Scandinavian immigrants settled in the midwest, they must resemble their Scandinavian-American decendants.  One very prominent distinction between the Norwegian-American heartland and Norway lies in the area…

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