Category: Norsk Språk

Indieforfatter

A transplant from English into Norwegian M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Indieforfatter is a Norwegian neologism, most likely the newest one in the literature sector. It is a two-word compound of a loanword and...

Man answering call in phone booth.

Unclear idioms: Telefon fra Hamar

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In Norway, the phrase Telefon fra Hamar literally designates a telephone call received from Hamar, a city in Hedmark County on the eastern shore of Mjøsa, the country’s largest...

Trows and other Norse fragments

Linguistic clues to their Nordic past linger in the modern-day Shetland and Orkney Islands Victoria Hofmo Brooklyn, N.Y. While reading British-born author Ann Cleeves’s Shetland Island series, I became curious about her inclusion of...

Ed Egerdahl filling in his crossword puzzle.

Crossing words with a crossword EDitor

Filling in the method and madness behind Ed Egerdahl’s Norsk-Engelsk Kryssord Puzzles Emily C. Skaftun The Norwegian American Those who’ve been solving the crosswords a long time know a few tricks. First, look for...

An illustration of a frog and a fish.

How to differentiate between Norsk dialects

For a small country with a small population, Norway harbors a befuddling wealth of dialects—learn to tell them apart by asking them about their woolen socks Lorelou Desjardins Oslo, Norway When you start learning...

François Grosjean.

Of two minds

Improving understanding of bilingualism M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Around the world, English now is the lingua franca, the default language of spoken and written communication among native speakers of other languages. So bilingualism...

The Small coat-of-arms

Small & Små: Little words with big histories

M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The English word small and the Norwegian equivalent word små both come from the Old Norse smár. Today they are much used, in many denotations. In Norwegian, Kunnskapforlaget’s Norsk...

A group of students.

Stein på stein

Learning Norwegian at the University of Oslo International Summer School Christie Ericson Anchorage, Alaska In the summer of 2017, I was able to make a lifelong dream come true—I was accepted into the University...