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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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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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Where not to put IKKE? Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

Ikke (not) phrases are often called negative phrases – even if some of them are very positive in meaning: Vi vil ikke ha mer krig! (We don’t want any more war!) Sometimes, though, even the most positive negative sentence can drive a poor language-learner mad: Where do(n’t) I put ikke? Let’s take some simple summer…

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Say hello to Norway’s Nessie! Posted by on Jun 9, 2015

Alle kjenner (everybody knows) Nessie – the Scottish lake monster from Loch Ness. But did you know Norway has its own sjøorm [shuh-ohrm] (”sea worm”)? I recently was lucky enough to … well, see innsjøen (the lake) where it’s supposed to live! 🙂 Telemark fylke (county) is a beautiful and varied place in the…

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Your holiday in a suitcase Posted by on Jul 21, 2013

It’s ferietid (holiday time), and many nordmenn (Norwegians) are going abroad – or spending time in Norway, which is usually a treat in sommersola (the summer sun). (In case you wondered – most Norwegians have 5 weeks of holiday a year. As it’s normal to dedicate chunks of that period to things like the Easter…

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Going on holiday Posted by on Jul 25, 2012

Norwegians rarely stay at home during the whole sommerferie (summer holiday), as most people can afford to go somewhere more exciting. A favorite destination is hytta (the cabin). Many families keep a cabin or cottage på fjellet (in the mountains, literally ’on the mountain’) or ved fjorden (at the fjord). These cottages can be everything…

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