Category: Norsk Språk

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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...

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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...

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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...

A welcome sign to Westby, Wisconsin.

Norwegian America’s hidden dialects

Research shows how Norwegian-American dialects differ from standard modern Norsk Sada Reed Phoenix, Ariz. According to U.S. Census data, there are roughly 4.5 million people in the United States who claim Norwegian ancestry. The...

A flounder.

Flat as a flounder

A fishy metaphor shows the loopy linguistic journey taken by a family of flat fish M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The flounder is a flatfish native to the bottom zones of waters off the...

Norwegian 101: The accordion

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway Norwegian = trekkspill Danish = harmonika Finnish = harmonikka Swedish = dragspel I remember the first time (jeg husker den første gangen) I was really impressed (veldig imponert) by...

Norwegian 101: Hangers (Kleshengere)

Heidi Håvan Grosch Sparbu, Norway It is normal (det er normalt), although some of us don’t do it all the time (ikke gjør det hele tiden), to hang up our clothes (å henge opp...