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Trondheim Bymarka

Friluftsliv: Free, Air, Life

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...
Norwegian idioms

Funny Expressions and Idioms in Norwegian

Once you've learned the basics of any language, its the expressions and idioms that add colour. This is part of a series on how to learn Norwegian. When I started learning Norwegian I tried to translate...
Please in Norwegian

The Challenge of Learning Norwegian

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...
Hja Norwegian

The “hja!” Sound Explained

Shit Norwegians Say #3 Part of our series on how to learn Norwegian. After the first two posts in my Shit Norwegians Say series (“there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” and “we...
A Norwegian newspaper

Your favourite Norwegian words

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,...
Skis on feet

“We are born with skis on our feet”

Shit Norwegians Say #2 Following up the classic, “There's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes“, is this tremendous eye-roller: Excited Norwegian – “So David, are you going skiing this weekend?” Me – “No.”...
Bad weather clothes

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”

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...
Speaking Norwegian

Keith Brooks – Learning Norwegian in Kentucky

I recently had the pleasure of hosting a blog buddy of mine. Language learner and publisher of Pardon my Norwegian, Keith was on the Trondheim leg of a 10-day tour of Norway, which also took in...
Farts Dempere road sign in Norway

My New Strategy for Learning Norwegian – Year 2

When I began blogging about my move to Oslo, I had intended on giving regular progress updates on my quest to learn Norwegian, just like the lovely Will over at My Spanish Adventure. Over a year...
Nynorsk graffiti

Converting Nynorsk to Bokmål – Part Two

This is the next post in a series on the great Norwegian language struggle between Bokmål and Nynorsk. Click here to read the background post and here to read the first part of Bryce's conversion guide…...