How to ask for Directions in Norwegian Posted by kari on Aug 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
I am notorious for getting lost. It doesn’t matter if I’ve been somewhere a
hundred times before, I can still manage to get lost. The mode of transportation makes no
difference either. I’ll lose my way in a
car, on foot, on 2 wheels, you name it.
Landmarks or something else that catches my eye will aid my orientation
much more than road names and turns. I
can read a map, but if I attempt to find a place just on memory alone, I will
fail 9 times out of 10.
I have been in Chicago on a business trip since Friday and
we have gone to the same place every day-Navy Pier. It is not too far from our hotel, but far
enough that with briefcases we take a taxi or the trolley. I woke up early this morning to run to Navy
Pier and what do you know, I got lost.
Not totally lost, but zig-zagged around a lot and actually went 3 blocks
(and Chicago blocks aren’t small) past the hotel because I was on a street
parallel to the street the hotel is on.
In case you are wondering why I thought to write about this,
it reminded me of when I lived in Oslo and I would go out for a run and
intentionally get lost. That sounds a bit odd, I know, but it gave me the
opportunity to see so much more of the city than I probably would have
otherwise. It also forced me to find my
way around. As long as I know I am safe
and I don’t have any obligations in the near future that I have to attend, I
think it’s kind of fun getting lost in a place that you are not totally
I was able to find my way back to my hotel this morning and
get ready in time to meet my colleagues.
I usually don’t stop to ask someone for directions because I like to
think that I can figure it out myself.
Sometimes I can, but often I cannot.
So, then I have to ask for directions.
Here you will find a list of common questions a lost person is likely to
I hvilken retning skal jeg gå? In which direction should I walk?
Hvor er den gaten
der? Where is that street there
(pointing to a map)?
Hvor er jeg? Where am I?
Må jeg gå enda
videre å nå Karl Johans Gate? Do I
need to go much further to reach Karl
Hvor er sykehuset? Where is the hospital?
Er jeg I nærheten av
skolen? Am I in the vicinity of the
Hvor kan jeg finne
kinesisk mat? Where can I find
Har jeg gått for langt? Have I gone too far?
Hvor mye lengre må
jeg kjøre før jeg er der? How much
longer must I drive before I am there?
Kan du fortelle meg
hvordan jeg kan gå fra der til der?
Can you tell me how I can walk from there to there?
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