Despite virtually all Norwegians being fluent in English, many expats living and working in Norway choose to learn Norwegian. Some choose to learn because their company pays for lessons, others because they want to understand more of what’s going on around them. The Norwegian Language Norwegian (natively known as norsk) is a Scandinavian language, a collection of North Germanic languages closely … [Read more...]
Despite virtually all Scandinavians being fluent in English, many expats living and working in Norway choose to learn Norwegian. Some choose to learn because their company pays for lessons, others because they want to understand more of what’s going on around them. Whether you’re just thinking about making the move, are in the process of relocating, or you just want to learn for fun, here is our guide to how to learn Norwegian.
Expressions. We have them in every language, ones that are centuries old, new trends, cultural references, the lists are endless. But expressions in my mind are the ultimate goal towards mastery of a language. Expressions are the garnish to a meal, in fact they are more than that, they are the salt and pepper. They add flavour and depth. Without them language is bland. When it comes to … [Read more...]
Of all the many things there is to learn when you are new to a country expressions that don't quite translate are by far my favourite. Friluftsliv – literally free, air, life. "Erm, how do you say that in English?" This was introduced to me quite early on in my Norwegian indoctrination process. I was told it is not a word, it is a lifestyle, a philiosophy, a cultural heritage. It is … [Read more...]
When I started learning Norwegian I tried to translate every world in order to get the meaning of a sentence. Most of the cases it did work, but others, it does not. Here is my list of some expressions that you will hear while in Norway and which directly translate in a funny way. -- Takk for sist - "Thank you for the last time" The first time I heard this expression I thought my … [Read more...]
In my previous article, I explained that learning Norwegian was one of my first challenges when I moved to Stavanger in Norway, from Ecuador in South America. How did it start? Because I was lacking the main tool required (the local language) to work in my field (I have a Masters degree in Communication), I started by taking intensive Norwegian classes every day. Further down the line I started … [Read more...]