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Forlovelse-Norwegian for Engagement Posted by on Dec 25, 2011

I did not become engaged when I resided in Norway, nor am I engaged to a Norwegian.  Better yet, I just recently got engaged to a super great man from my hometown a few years older than me who is half Brazilian (mother is Brazilian) and half Norwegian (father comes from Norwegian descent).  So there’s…

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Butter Shortage in Norway Posted by on Dec 21, 2011

While there are clearly worse things, the recent smør (butter) shortage in Norway is certainly proving to be a big deal for a country that uses as much smør as Norway.  There are seldom meals without a gob of smør in them.  Smør is a typical ingredient in sauser (sauces) and in julebaking (Chistmas baking)…

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Norwegian Wedding Preparation Posted by on Dec 21, 2011

There are few places more beautiful to hold a wedding than in the various beautiful and romantic landscapes of Norway. In Norway, the brudgrom (groom) traditionally wears a hand-made woolen suit known as a bunad. The bunad consists of a white silk shirt, short pants and stockings that come up to the calf, a vest…

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Christmas in Tromsø Posted by on Dec 9, 2011

Although I have not had the pleasure to spend Christmas in Tromsø (or any place in Norway), I can imagine what the island must feel like.  Even on nice summer nights, people would pack into the cafés, bars, and restaurants.  It was always very cozy, whether it was a Tuesday evening or a Saturday…

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Smörgås Chef at Scandinavia House, New York City Posted by on Nov 26, 2011

As Thanksgiving was just a couple of days ago and holiday parties are finding their way on my calendar, mat er temaet på denne tiden av året (food is the theme at this time of year).  I was fortunate to attend 3 Thanksgiving celebrations on Thursday, 2 of which I consumed full meals at.  Some…

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Norwegian Compound Words Posted by on Nov 22, 2011

Menneskerettighetsorganisasjoner (human rights organizations) is one of the longer compound words in Norwegian.  Others include sannsynlighetsmaksimeringsestimator (maximum likelihood estimator), and En mMidsommernattsdrøm (A Midsummer Night´s Dream). The Norwegian language has quite a few compound words in it.  In my experience as a new student of the Norwegian language, as well as as an instructor, compound words can be…

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Thanksgiving in Norway Posted by on Nov 17, 2011

Perhaps you have spent a lonely Thanksgiving away from your family, maybe even out of the country.  Fear not, if you happen to be in Norway for some reason during Thanksgiving and you are not with your family or other Americans, you can still enjoy a feast close to those we love here in…

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