Whether you're already in Norway or you're thinking about a move, your journey towards learning Norwegian in 2018 starts here. Are you ready to learn Norwegian in 2018? Modern tools and technologies have transformed language learning, but the fundamentals still remain. Here's our top tips for learning the language over the next 12 months. Revise English Yes, really. This is especially … [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.
A fun new way to learn Norwegian, wherever you are in the world. Are you bored with academic-style language courses or travel-focused ones that take an age to get beyond asking for directions? The Mystery of Nils is a fun way to learn Norwegian through an engaging story, rather than in a classroom or from a phrasebook. Start Now: You can start learning Norwegian with The Mystery of Nils for just … [Read more...]
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 … [Read more...]
An important step on the road to learning Norwegian is learning those expressions that are truly unique to the language and culture. 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 … [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 Such as 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 … [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 memory was … [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 … [Read more...]
Shit Norwegians Say #3 After the first two posts in my Shit Norwegians Say series ("there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes" and "we are are born with skis on our feet") spread around the internet like wildfire, I racked my brains to think of a follow-up. Thanks then to an unnamed person at DIGS, my co-working space in Trondheim, for reminding me of this classic - … [Read more...]
Life in Norway's readers have spoken! Here are your favourite words in the Norwegian language. Working in an office full of Brits one day a week, we talk a lot about life in Norway. The quirks, the humour, the ups, the downs, and everything in between. I get a lot of inspiration for blog posts from these conversations, and today's a perfect example! Conjugating verbs, compounding words, … [Read more...]
Shit Norwegians Say #1 Welcome to a new series here on Life in Norway - Shit Norwegians Say. Firstly, a hat-tip to Daniel-Ryan Spaulding for the name, borrowed from his awesome video "Shit Expats in Norway Say". Go watch and share if you haven't already! First up is the phrase that inspired the whole series... "THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BAD WEATHER, ONLY BAD CLOTHES" Say this to me, and … [Read more...]