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A Norwegian newspaper

An Introduction to Norwegian

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...
Norway

I’m not dumb. I’m just not Norwegian

There is no better way to humble yourself – should you want to – than by moving to a new country and learning a new language as an adult. And I am being kind when I...
View over Oslo and Oslofjord from Frognerseteren T-Bane

Reflections on One Year in Norway

I'm not one for anniversaries. Not because I don't think they are special (any excuse for a celebration is a good one), but because I am just too lazy to try and remember them all, too...
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,...
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...
Mexicans in Norway

Hvordan Går Det? Part I

I am a Mexican living in Norway for less than three years. Though I have not yet taken any *real* course in the language, I find myself getting closer and closer to speaking fluently something so...
Oslo Ess band shot

Discovering Norwegian Music – Oslo Ess

The first thing I noticed about the live music scene in Oslo was the dominance of the English language. I'm not talking about cover versions either. Virtually every one of the small local bands sang their...