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Fint om du kunne... (imperativer på norsk)

Norway has a reputation for its laid back work environment. Sometimes the lack of edge in the communication can be confusing for employees from other cultures. How are we actually supposed to “read” what our boss is telling us – what does she really mean?

Published on Monday, May 08, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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Jeg har en skjønn kjæreste

Pronouncing SKJ and KJ in Norwegian

Tor makes faces in front of the mirror. /K/ is a letter with many faces. In some words it can be hard and tough, but in other contexts, it transforms into a /S/ or /J/. So it can be difficult to know what to expect when you meet a /K/!  

Published on Thursday, May 04, 2017 by Pia Lorentzen Skjennum
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Kyss Kjæresten din på Kinnet

Pronouncing K in Norwegian

Kiss your Lover on the Cheek! Can you say it in Norwegian? The Letter K can be pronounced in a number of ways, depending on the environment. In today's article, I'll take you through the pitfalls of /K/.

Published on Monday, April 24, 2017 by Pia Lorentzen Skjennum
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En ulykkesfugl

Compounding Nouns Part 2

Tor is in the hospital (sykehus) with a broken leg. He went skiing at Easter and had an accident. Tor is an "ulykkesfugl". This article is about the S’s and the E’s that you often find in the middle of such composite words. S’s and E’s are like “word glue” sticking two words together to one. But what are the rules?

Published on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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How to hysje - 'sj' and 'kj' sounds in Norwegian

Many people find it difficult to distinguish between the "sj", "tj" and "kj" sounds in Norwegian. Some people can't even hear the difference! But don't worry, after you read this article things will be much clearer, and much easier!  

Published on Wednesday, April 05, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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How Norwegians avoid saying "please"

Norwegians are neither known for being particularly polite or particularly rude. But it often puzzles newcomers that we never say "please"… or do we? In this blog article you'll learn how to politely and respectfully ask for something in Norwegian. Without saying please…  

Published on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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How to ask questions in Norwegian

In this article you will learn how to extract information in the style of "Torlock Holmes"! There is more to questions than chatting someone up. Information can be gleaned, mysteries can be solved. Or perhaps you just want a simple Yes or No answer?  

Published on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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Bra - Bedre - Best

Comparing adjectives in Norwegian

Recognize this picture? During the winter season this image is what every Norwegian expects to see when they open the sports pages of the newspaper or turn on the TV for the ski races… Taking a bronze medal in the World Championship is incredibly GOOD, getting silver is BETTER, but securing the gold is the BEST…  

Published on Thursday, March 09, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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Takk for alt!

How to Thank People in Norwegian

If Norwegians are bad at saying “please”, we are pretty good at saying "thank you". We thank people for virtually everything. But we don’t like to SAY “Thank you for Everything”! You’ll see why as Tor takes you through the Do’s and Don’ts of Thanking People in Norwegian.  

Published on Friday, March 03, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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Gratis norskkurs

Gratis norskkurs for deg som er på begynnernivå. Kurset vil gi deg en innføring i skriftlig og muntlig norsk. Vi går gjennom de første kapitlene av Norsk på 1-2-3 og enkelte nettbaserte oppgaver.

Published on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by Odd Bjerga
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A Blast from the Past!

Depending on where you grew up, you will think differently about things that happened in the past. That is because each language has its own way of dealing with past events. Read on and let Tor explain…  

Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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Nye kurs i Kompetansepluss

Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 by Odd Bjerga
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Hva er Norskprøven?

Norskprøven is the official Norwegian language test. The test consists of a written and an oral part. For more detailed information on what Norskprøven looks and feels like, and for upcoming test dates, read the official information from Kompetanse Norge.  

Published on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 by Pia Lorentzen Skjennum
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Hva har du på matpakka?

Norwegians and their sacred packed lunch

A "matpakke" is much more than just a packed lunch. It is a national institution kept alive by hungry Norwegians every single day. The tradition of bringing a "matpakke" to work every day sets Norwegians aside from even their closest neighbors, the Swedes. Let Tor show you how to make the perfect matpakke!  

Published on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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How to get the attention of a Norwegian

So, you need to practice your Norwegian. Talking to a native speaker is recommended. But how do you actually START a conversation with a Norwegian specimen? Knowing how to strike up a conversation is knowing an important piece of social code. Let’s follow Tor to see how he approaches other people when he needs to talk to them…  

Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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Hva er klokken?

Tor is very busy these days. Time is of the utmost importance. This article in “lettnorsk” (easy Norwegian) shows you how to ask and tell the time in perfect Norwegian. Saves you time and trouble!

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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DA or NÅR: Den gang da — hver gang når

Many people are unsure about when to use NÅR and when to use DA. This is something that Norwegians often get wrong too — so here’s a chance to get it right and beat the Norwegians at their own game!

Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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New rules for immigration to Norway

Thinking about immigration to Norway? About to apply for permanent residency in Norway? Looking to get Norwegian citizenship? Then pay attention to these updated rules and requirements from UDI. Norskbloggen helps you keep track of the new regs.

Published on Thursday, January 05, 2017 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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A quick review of what we’ve done in 2016

Published on Friday, December 30, 2016 by Odd Bjerga
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Happy New Word!

The Norwegian Language Council - Språkrådet - has announced the 2016 Word of the Year. It’s a word that Erna Solberg used in her New Year Speech exactly 1 year ago…

Published on Tuesday, December 27, 2016 by Yngvil Vatn Guttu
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