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Norwegian Words of Healing Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Norway and the world

Hope candles. (Photo courtesy of Len Matthews at Flickr, CC License.)

Hope candles. (Photo courtesy of Len Matthews at Flickr, CC License.)

Det er en vanskelig tid for mange (it’s a hard time for many [people]). Uskyldige mennesker (innocent people) have been killed in Bamako, Paris, Beirut and other places. That’s when we need our languages to comfort each other and show that we care about each other. Words can hurt, but more importantly – ord (words) can heal…

Hvordan går det? (How are you?)
Har du det bra? (Are you okay?)
Lenge siden jeg har hørt fra deg… (Long time no hear…)
Trenger du hjelp? (Do you need any help?)
Hvordan går det med foreldrene dine? (How are your parents?)

Jeg håper dere har det bra. (I hope you guys are doing fine.)
Jeg tenker på dere. (I’m thinking of you.)
Jeg har vært bekymret for dere. (I’ve been worried about you.)
Jeg er glad i deg. (I care about you.)
Jeg tenkte bare jeg ville høre om alt stod bra til? ([I just thought] I wanted to hear if everything’s okay?)

Huff og huff! (Alas!)
Nei så tragisk! (That’s tragic!)
Stakkars deg! (Poor you!)
Det er forferdelig, forferdelig. (It’s terrible, terrible.)
Jeg skjønner at det er veldig vanskelig for dere. (I understand it’s really hard for you guys.)

Jeg kondolerer. (My condolences.)
Jeg beklager. (I’m sorry.)
Jeg føler med dere! (I feel your pain!)

 
Vil du ha setet mitt? (Wanna have my seat?)
Vil du bli med på fest hos vennene mine? (Wanna join a party with my friends?)
Skal vi ta en prat? (Wanna talk?)
Du kan alltid ringe dersom det er noe. (You can always call if there’s something [on your mind].)

Opp med humøret! (Cheerie up!)
Der det er liv, er det håp! (Where there’s life, there’s hope!)
Dette skal vi greie! (We’ll make this!)
Kom igjen! Vi gir oss ikke! (Come on! We don’t give up!)

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.


Comments:

  1. Bodil Bojesen:

    Fint. Godt med en lillea huskelap nu hvor vi alle skal møde flygtninge som kommer til landet på alle plasser.

  2. Lena:

    I always read your text nd I am so greatfull for that. thank you, keep going with the good job!

  3. Bjørg:

    Hei, jeg ville ha sagt: Vil du bli med på fest til/hos vennene mine.
    😉

    • Bjørn A. Bojesen:

      @Bjørg Hei Bjørg, takk! Jeg har rettet. Jeg bor ikke lenger i Norge, så stundom dukker det opp noe ”snusk”. Takk igjen! 🙂