Sing along, it’s jul! Posted by Bjørn A. Bojesen on Dec 24, 2015 in Holidays
When learning languages, it’s a really good idea to SING! If the melody is really nice, the words will just etch themselves into your brain! 🙂 Forget about rules of grammar, forget about rules of pronunciation, just take it easy and sing along!
Here are two norske julesanger (Norwegian Christmas songs or carols) for you two sing along. (If you want some more information about Christmas songs in Norway, please read this post by Kari.)
A note about religion: Jul is a kristen høytid (Christian feast) in Norway, celebrating the birth of Jesus. But it is also an old Viking feast, celebrating the birth of the Light. So, even Norwegians who are not very Christian (usually!) take part in jula, decorating their homes with nisser etc. Since Transparent Language is not about preaching, I’ve included one Christian Xmas song and one not-so-Christian one. 🙂
|Nå tennes tusen julelys||Now thousand christmas candles are being lit|
|Nå tennes tusen julelys
på jorden mørk og kald
og tusen, tusen stråler og
i himlens høye hall.
Og over by og land i kveld
Du stjerne over Betlehem,
I hvert et hjerte kaldt og mørkt
|Now thousand christmas candles are being lit
on Earth, dark and cold
and thousand, thousand are shining too
in Heaven’s high hall.
And throughout town and countryside tonight
You Star above Betlehem,
In every heart cold and dark
|På låven sitter nissen||In the barn the Nisse is sitting|
|På låven sitter nissen med sin julegrøt,
så god og søt,
så god og søt.
Han nikker, og han spiser,
og han er så glad,
for julegrøten vil han gjerne ha.
Men rundt omkring står alle de små rotter,
Men nissefar han truer med sin store skje
Men rottene de hopper, og de danser,
Men nissen, ja han er en liten hissigpropp,
Da springer alle rottene så bange,
|In the barn the Nisse is sitting with his Christmas porridge,
so good and sweet,
so good and sweet.
He’s nodding, he’s eating,
and he is so happy,
since Christmas porridge he really wants.
But all around the small rats are standing,
But Nisse Dad he’s threatening them with his big spoon
But the rats are hopping, they’re dancing,
But the Nisse, yeah, he’s a little angry fellow,
Then all the rats are getting so scared,
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