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A Sip of Norwegian Comedy Posted by on Jun 30, 2021

Gi ungdommen en flaske brennevin før idretten tar dem! (Give the young people a bottle of brandy before they’re possessed by sports!) This quote by Per Inge Torkelsen is very well-known in Norway. A famous comedian and klovn (clown) from the city of Stavanger, Torkelsen passed away eight days ago. Having grown up in the…

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The Tomato and the Onion Posted by on Jan 31, 2020

Children’s books and songs can be of great value when learning a foreign language – even if you’re a grown-up. 😉 Because phrases in children’s texts are normally short and to-the-point, you’ll understand them fast enough and easily gain the confidence (and curiosity) to learn more. Below follows a small breakdown of a classic Norwegian…

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Sprites of Christmas Posted by on Dec 25, 2014

If you go to Skandinavia in desember, you’ll most certainly encounter little men (and women) with pointy røde luer (red caps) everywhere: In butikker (shops), in private homes, på tv [paw teh-veh] (in television). No, you’re not mad! Say hello to the nisser… The typical nisse looks like an old man with a langt, hvitt…

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Chief Bouillon Cube Packaging Master Assistant Posted by on Mar 14, 2013

Spiller du gitar? (”SPILLer doo gheeTAR”, do you play the guitar?) If yes, why don’t you try to play a Norwegian sang? As I told you, Norwegians really are singing while they speak, so perhaps it would help you å synge (to sing) a little! In 1988, four of Norway’s most skilled gitarister (guitarists) joined…

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As Easy As ÆØÅ Posted by on Sep 30, 2012

Alt er større i USA. Everything is bigger in the US. That’s what we Scandinavians often think when we’re suffering from an attack of mindreverdighetskompleks (inferiority complex). The Americans have got bigger cars, houses, plains, trees and burgers than us. But wait… Is that always so? Norwegian komikere (comedians) Fridtjof Stensæth Josefsen and Jakob Schøyen Andersen, of the TV2 programme Kollektivet (The…

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