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På kino Posted by on Aug 27, 2009

Jeg vil gå på kino.  I want to go to the movies.  Usually summertime is the best season for movies, but it seems to me that the economy has hit Hollywood, as it has every other industry.  Perhaps some of you will disagree, but I have not been compelled to see very many movies på…

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Ferie Posted by on Aug 25, 2009

Norwegians are good at going på ferie (on vacation).  Like most Europeans, Norwegians enjoy friluftsliv, outdoor life, such as å gå på tur, å gå på ski, å ta fly til Syden, o.s.v. (and so on).  For eksempel, many Norwegians go up to hytter (cabins) in the mountains til påske (for Easter) and they spend a…

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Antisemitism in Norway Posted by on Aug 24, 2009

My guess is that most of what you hear or read about Norway is positive.  Land of the midnight sun, a country where gender equality is a major priority, a place that encourages a healthy lifestyle, environmentally friendly.  Rarely are there negative images of Norway portrayed in the media.  Whaling is definitely one of the…

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På restaurant Posted by on Aug 19, 2009

På restaurant means ‘at a restaurant’ (however you do not need to use ‘a’-in Norwegian there are many phrases that alow you to leave the article out i.e. på kino, på tur, på konsert).  I must confess that due to the cost of eating out in Norway, I have not dined in very many Norwegian…

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seter Posted by on Aug 16, 2009

place of mountain pasture.  In other words, a traditional seter is a simple wooden cottage in the mountains with a barn where Norwegian bonder (farmers) bring their livestock herds (cattle, goats, and sheep) to be milked after a day of grazing in the mountain pastures.  Historically, young women (ei seterjente = a dairymaid) brought the animals to the seter and remained there…

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svinekjøtt Posted by on Aug 14, 2009

pork.  pig meat.  Growing up I used to really dislike it (parents made really fatty, dried out pork chops-svinekoteletter and other poorly made pork), but now that I live with a hog farmer (grisebonde) who loves to barbecue and grill (do you know the difference?) and makes amazing food, I love pork!  Jeg elsker svinekjøtt! And…

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lutefisk Posted by on Aug 12, 2009

Literally “lye fish”-the first word that comes to my mind is yuck.  Lutefisk is a traditional dish of the Nordic countries (namely Norway, Sweden, and the Swedish-speaking part of Finland) made from dried or salted whitefish (klippfisk) or stockfish (air-dried whitefish) that goes through various treatments soaked in lye (lut). For those of you who don’t…

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