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New Year’s Resolutions in Norwegian Posted by on Dec 31, 2012

As 2012 is slipping away, it’s time to set the record straight for 2013! 🙂 Many people are making nyttårsforsett (or nyårsforsett, the singular and the plural are the same), or New Year’s resolutions, about things to improve or achieve during the upcoming year. I asked some family members and friends about their nyttårsforsett [NIT-ores-fore-set]: å leve sunt (to live healthy)…

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God Norwegian Jul! Posted by on Dec 24, 2012

Hurra (hooray), it’s jul [yule] again! In Norway, julefeiringa (the Christmas celebration) reaches its zenith on December 24th. People leave their jobs early this day (around 12 o’ clock), and schools and kindergartens are closed. Everybody is getting prepared for the Great Evening, the julaften [YOOLaftn] or julekveld [YOOL-eh-kvel] (Christmas Eve). The whole day people are busy with the last forberedelser (preparations). The Christmas dinner has…

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Norwegian – Getting Started Posted by on Dec 19, 2012

For those who are new to Norwegian, the whole language may seem a bit intimidating: There are so many words and dialects, so what is correct and what isn’t? And those bell-like but impossible-to-pronounce Norwegian sounds, won’t the Norwegians just be laughing behind my back as soon as I open my mouth (and they hear…

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A Glimpse of Light Posted by on Dec 13, 2012

Svart senker natten seg I stall og stuer. Solen har gått sin vei, Skyggene truer. Inn i vårt mørke hus Stiger med tente lys Sancta Lucia, Sancta Lucia … Black the night descends in stables and rooms. The sun has gone away, the shadows menace. Into our dark house Rises with lighted candles Sait Lucia…

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