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Describing Looks Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

Hvordan ser han/hun ut? How does he/she look? You might not carry around photos of everyone you know in mobilen din (your mobile phone), so now and then you’ll need ord (words) to describe somebody’s utseende (appearance, literally ”out-looking”). Høy, lav, stor, kraftig, liten, tykk, tynn (tall, short, big, strongly built, small, thick/stout, thin) –…

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Christmassy Christmas in Norway Posted by on Dec 24, 2018

Nå er det jul igjen, og nå er det jul igjen, og jula varer helt til påske! (Now it’s Xmas again, and now it’s Xmas again, and the Xmas lasts until Easter.) This verse from a popular julesang (Christmas song) shows just how much Norwegians love jula [yoola] – Easter doesn’t even come close! This…

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When is your birthday? Posted by on Nov 23, 2018

Asking about somebody’s fødselsdag (birthday) might not be the first thing you do. Still, when the topic does pop up, it’s good to be prepared! 🙂 Otherwise, the knowledge of how to say datoer (dates) could come handy when planning … dates. You can ask the question itself in two different ways – both meaning…

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Shopping in Norway Posted by on Oct 31, 2018

No matter how much hermetikkmat (canned food) you bring from home, sooner or later you’ll need to do some shopping in Norge. Fortunately, this is normally straightforward and easy – you don’t need to prute på prisene (bargain) or discuss a lot with the people in butikken (the shop). But be prepared for some angry…

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Kitchen Fun Posted by on Sep 30, 2018

Kjøkkenet (the kitchen) is like the heart of a Norwegian home. When the clear autumn skies are turning dark – and the nearest restaurant feels a little bit too far away and pricey – it’s great for familie og venner (family and friends) to gather around spisebordet (the dining table). Traditionally, matlaging (”making of food”…

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The rooms of a Norwegian home Posted by on Sep 29, 2018

Ding dong! Døra går opp. (The door opens.) Velkommen til et veldig gjennomsnittlig norsk hus! (Welcome to a very average Norwegian house!) Because of klimaet (the climate), a lot of family & social life in Norway happens indoors. Let’s go for a walk in the different rom (rooms). Entréen (the hallway) is where you –…

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How to write a Norwegian postcard Posted by on Aug 31, 2018

Writing a postkort (postcard) can be a great way to practice your language skills. It’s also a nice way to show people you think about them. While firing off a digital message is quicker, receiving a postcard is funnier, and most people will appreciate the extra effort… Postkort (postcards) are sold in many different places…

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