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Nothing and everything Posted by on Aug 24, 2018

Sometimes *everything* seems chaotic, and *nothing* makes sense. Fortunately, the language we speak provides us with words to communicate these extremes. Let’s look at the Norwegian all-inclusive menu of nothingness… In order to ”remove” things when speaking Norwegian, ingen (no one) and ikke (not) are your best tools. Combine ikke with noe(n) (any(one)), and there’s…

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Silent Letters in Norwegian Posted by on Jul 31, 2018

Ever thought about all the letters we don’t say out loud – like the h in ’hour’? Even though Norwegian is spelt in a more straightforward way than English, it also has its share of stumme bokstaver (silent letters, literally ”mute letters”). Hvem, hva, hvor og hvorfor? (Who, what, where and why?) The H of…

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Feeling Bored in Norwegian Posted by on Jul 21, 2018

Kjedelig! (Boring!) Late summer is a time when some people start to get bored – kids are tired of their parents dragging them through verden (the world) on a busy sommerferie (summer holiday) and just want to go hjem [yem] (home), while the adults maybe have started longing for their quiet kontor [konTOHR] (office)! 🙂…

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Happy Summer in Norway Posted by on Jun 30, 2018

Hurra, det er sommer! (Hooray, it’s summer!) For most nordmenn (Norwegians), that means ferie (vacation). Fortunately, in a diverse country like Norge, there’s always a lot to do – especially when sola skinner (the sun is shining)! 🙂 Liker du å bade? (Do you like bathing?) Finn fram badetøy og håndkle (find your bathing clothes…

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Animal Talk Posted by on Jun 24, 2018

Hunden er menneskets beste venn (the dog is man’s best friend), the saying goes. Some would disagree and say katten (the cat), or maybe even gullfisken (the gold fish) or kanarifuglen (the canary), if you’re that kind of person! In any case, dyr (animals) are fascinating – and you need words to discuss them with…

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