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Summer Nights in Norway Posted by on May 31, 2021

Gratulerer med vel overstått! (Congratulations with a ”well passed” [birthday]!) This belated greeting – a handy Norwegian lifeline for forgetful people – will have to do for all you fans of Norway in 2021. Due to technicalities, I was unable to wish you gratulerer med dagen (happy constitution day) on May 17th. Beklager tradisjonsbruddet! (Sorry…

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Talking about Languages Posted by on Mar 31, 2019

Beklager, jeg snakker ikke engelsk! (Sorry, I don’t speak English!) Although I normally wouldn’t recommend lying, the previous phrase might come handy if you’re a beginner & want to practice your norsk! 🙂 Otherwise there is a certain chance that the Norwegians you meet will answer you in their excellent English… Let’s talk about språk…

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Norwegian Plurals are your friends Posted by on Oct 16, 2015

In Norwegian, as in English, some ord [ore] (words) have surprise plurals… liten – små (little [something] – little [somethings]) mann – menn (man – men) gås – gjess (goose – geese) fot – føtter (foot – feet) bok – bøker (book – books) natt – netter (night – nights) strand – strender (beach –…

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Norwegians Speak Dialects Posted by on Mar 15, 2015

”I don’t understand people who speak Nynorsk Norwegian, why can’t they just switch to Bokmål Norwegian?” Now and then, readers ask such things. I’ve written about the nynorsk/bokmål split before. Of course, it may still be confusing for new learners of Norwegian. So, I’d like to set the record straight as simply as I can…

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Norwegian Egozones Posted by on Aug 30, 2014

This is going to be the egoistical post. We all need to talk about ourselves now and then, so we need a word for ”I”. This is easy enough in written Norwegian – jeg (let’s stick to bokmål for the time being!) Jeg lærer norsk. (I’m learning Norwegian.) If you’ve ever heard somebody saying jeg…

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A Taste Of Nynorsk Posted by on Jan 27, 2013

Last week you learnt that there are two ways to write Norwegian: bokmål (”book language”) and nynorsk (”new Norwegian”). Bokmål ultimately hails from (upper-class) urban dialects and Danish, while nynorsk is based on rural dialects. Most Norwegians use bokmål, and that is also the Norwegian we teach here at Transparent. Nevertheless, since quite a few Norwegians do write in…

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The Two Flavours of Norwegian Posted by on Jan 20, 2013

As some of you may know, there are two kinds of Norwegian: bokmål and nynorsk. (Okay, I’ve promised you this post for a while now!) There’s no need to worry – these are just two different ways of writing the same language. I mean, even English-speakers can’t agree on whether the mix of black and white should be…

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