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Top 10 of 2015 Posted by on Dec 31, 2015 in Norway and the world

New Year in Lillestrøm, Norway. (Photo courtesy of Marius Lauritsen at Flickr, CC License.)

New Year in Lillestrøm, Norway. (Photo courtesy of Marius Lauritsen at Flickr, CC License.)

As 2015 is about to hand over the torch to 2016, here’s a quick tilbakeblikk (retrospect) at the 10 most popular blog posts i år (this year). See you in 2016. Godt nyttår! 🙂

10 The little words you always need

Some words are so common in conversation that you didn’t know you never learnt them until those awkward breaks turn up… How do you say ”hm” or ”uh-huh” in Norwegian? How do you signal you’re actually listening to the one you’re speaking with?

9 Modal verbs

Will, would, could, can, might, may, should, or shall we say ought? Modal verbs are always a mess. This post will make you wiser. 😉

8 100 most common written words in Norwegian

These words will make your newspaper skimming funnier, and maybe icebreak the conversation with those humble northerners around you in the busses, trains and ferries! (Well, at least it’s always nice to have a basic vocabulary to build on which to build your Norwegian cabin…)

7 Nudism in Norway

Are Norwegians less prudish than Americans? Or did Transparent Language’s reporter just have bad luck? Read the blog and judge for yourself… 🙂

6 Gratulerer med dagen

A look at Norway’s biggest birthday celebration, the national holiday of 17. mai! Kari brings you some interesting facts straight from the happy streets of Oslo.

5 Norwegian pick-up Lines

Norway is full of beautiful people of both sexes. While I can’t guarantee the efficiency of these lines, there is a chance they’ll bring you a bit closer to the Norwegian of your dreams – or at least give people around you a decent laugh. 🙂

4 It’s not all Blond Hair and Blue Eyes

According to legends, many people in Western Norway have dark hair and eyes due to Iberian sailors capsizing off the coast… Nowadays, immigrants from all over the world challenge the traditional view of what a Norwegian ”looks like”.

3 Why are Norwegians so good at speaking English

Foreigners coming to Norway are often shocked by the Norwegians’ almost perfect level of English – although some people do have an unforgetable accent (just watch some YouTube clips with the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl!) In this post, Transparent Language’s Kari takes a look at the Anglo-Norwegian phenomonenon…

2 Strange and interesting facts about Norway

Did you know one of Norwegians’ favourite dishes is Grandiosa – a frozen pizza? Or that the same chemical is used when producing soap and the Norwegian national fish dish of lutefisk? Or that Norwegians like to go border-shopping in Sweden? Or that… 🙂

 1 Norwegian numbers 1-100

In a land of numerous fiords, mountains, glaciers and valleys, counting is essential to stay on track! 🙂 And the good thing is that counting in Norwegian closely mirrors the system in English. En, to, tre, let’s count!

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About the Author: Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.