Viking influence on the English language

Norse and Norwegian words in English

The Vikings left a huge impact in the English language. Old Norse and Norwegian words and expressions are commonplace in everyday English.

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Odd Bjerga
Feb 09, 2018

Have you noticed while learning Norwegian, that there are some similarities not only to German, but also to English?

Modern English has been influenced by Old Norse, the language of the Vikings who left a number of words that reflected their lifestyle and way of life.

Read Babbel's 139 words inherited from Norse.


If you're interested in a Norwegian series from the Viking era, check out NRK's Vikingane. See the trailer below.



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