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It’s a Numbers Game Posted by on Aug 28, 2021

How often do you need to do number tricks in a foreign language? Det står nok ikke øverst på lista (it probably isn’t on top of the list), but still, if you’re a little bit like me, you’ll sometimes find yourself in situations where simply counting is not enough… In Norwegian, saying basic calculations out…

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Norwegian Question Words Posted by on Apr 30, 2021

After some musings about Norwegian society, it’s time to get back to what you’re actually learning: språket (the language). I was surprised to discover that neither the previous blogger Kari nor I had written about spørreord (question words), so let’s fill that gap immediately! 🙂 What is a question word? Well, the answer lies in…

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Is Norwegian a Happiness Drug? Posted by on Feb 27, 2021

Blir du glad av å snakke norsk? (Does speaking Norwegian make you happy?) Although linguists don’t seem to agree to which degree the language we speak might shape our perception of verden (the world), I’ve often heard comments like: ”Norwegians are always so friendly,” ”Norwegians just sound so happy when they talk,” and even: ”Is…

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1-Word Norwegian Posted by on Jul 31, 2020

Kake! [kah-keh] (Cake!) As a child I enjoyed watching the Norwegian version of the Sesame Street show (Sesam stasjon), where the blue Cookie Monster (Kakemonsteret) manages to express himself with that single word. Spending some holiday time with the Norwegian part of my family, which includes a couple of really small children, I was reminded…

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Picking the Right Twin Posted by on Oct 31, 2019

Much to the frustration of new language learners, words can rarely be translated directly between two languages. Shades of meaning vary, and when you look in an ordbok (dictionary), you just might get lost in lists of alternatives… Sometimes, a Norwegian word has several English translations. Other times, it’s the other way around. YES When…

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The Job Question Posted by on Apr 30, 2019

Hva jobber du med? (What’s your job?) Many people love talking about their job, and Norwegians are no exception! 🙂 When everything else fails, throw in some work-related vocabulary to keep the conversation afloat… – Jeg er sykepleier / lærer / baker. (I’m a nurse / teacher / baker.) – Åh, det høres spennende ut!…

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Talking about Languages Posted by on Mar 31, 2019

Beklager, jeg snakker ikke engelsk! (Sorry, I don’t speak English!) Although I normally wouldn’t recommend lying, the previous phrase might come handy if you’re a beginner & want to practice your norsk! 🙂 Otherwise there is a certain chance that the Norwegians you meet will answer you in their excellent English… Let’s talk about språk…

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