English is the official language of both the company I’m going to work for and the project I’ll be working on. But I want to make a real effort to learn Norwegian (strictly speaking Bokmål, the more widely spoken of the two Norwegian languages), to help me outside of work, even though most people in Oslo seem to speak pretty good English.
I’ve never seriously tried to learn a language outside of school, so I have no idea how I’ll get on. At school I took to German more easily than French, which is a good sign as Norwegian is of the Germanic family.
Numbers, days of the week, greetings, yeah yeah in time. First I want to learn the important things:
The meatballs were great – Kjøttkaker var fint!
I don’t want any brisket – Jeg ønsker ikke bryst kasse
How much? – Hva koster det?
Waiter! I’d like the roast reindeer – Servitør! Jeg vil gjerne ha reinsdyrstek
Wayne Rooney is a dickhead – Wayne Rooney er en Kukhode
Leave me alone! – vær så snill å la meg være i fred
That should get me off to a good start.
(thanks to Wendy for the corrections!)