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Two Ways of Giving Posted by on Dec 17, 2020

Jula er ei tid for gaver og kos. (Christmas is a time for gifts and cosiness!) Have you bought all your presents yet? While many of us are still pondering to whom to give what, let’s look at the Norwegian grammar of giving. The Norwegian verb å gi [aw yee] is historically related to the…

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Riding the Second Wave Posted by on Nov 30, 2020

Hei! Hvordan går det? Jeg håper alle fortsatt har det bra – og lærer norsk tross korona. (Hi! How is it going? I hope everybody is still doing fine – and learning Norwegian in spite of COVID-19.) Dette er den tredje bloggposten om korona. (This is the third blog post about corona.) Temaet er kanskje…

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Up the Mountain Posted by on Oct 30, 2020

What’s the most Norwegian thing there is? Above trolls, Vikings and brunost (Norwegian brown cheese), I’d put hiking in the Norwegian fjell [fyell] (mountains). Vil du bli med på fjelltur? (Do you want to go on a mountain trip with me/us?) Fjellturer are a sosial aktivitet which makes your heart go faster! Even if you…

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What’s Up with Norway and Vikings? Posted by on Sep 30, 2020

I don’t know if the TV series Vikings created a lot of Norwegian learners. Still, since it first aired (2013), many people around the world have become curious about the fierce Scandinavian warriors. No, you can’t chat to them. But 2020 Norwegian wouldn’t be there without their input, so let’s revisit vikingene. (I should say…

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If We Talk Posted by on Aug 31, 2020

If you ever tried coding, you may have come across ”if-then-else” (if X happens then Y should happen, else Z should happen). If you haven’t, no worries – you can probably get along for a long while without any if-clauses… But if I were you, I’d still take a look at the little word in…

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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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Words for the Wardrobe Posted by on Jun 30, 2020

Klær skaper folk (clothes create people), as the saying goes. Here are some handy words to get you covered fra topp til tå (from top to toe). No matter how scorching summer temperatures may get in Norwegian valleys, few places will allow you to walk around naken (naked). By the way, klær (clothes) is a…

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