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Archive for January, 2017

Verbs in the Mirror Posted by on Jan 31, 2017

Koser dere dere? (Are you enjoying yourselves?) No, the double dere (you guys) isn’t a mistake – it’s a fun reflex of the Norwegian system of refleksive verb (reflexive verbs). There is a difference between I wash myself and I wash the dog, so speakers of many languges found a way to refer back to…

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8 Norwegian Proverbs Posted by on Jan 27, 2017

Before the Internet, proverbs were like offline memes that anybody could throw into a conversation to make a point! 🙂 Even though our communication has changed, ordtak (proverbs, literally ”word-grips”) still exist in many communities, including Norway. I think proverbs are a great window into the original ”mood” or setting of any language, so even…

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