Category: Norsk Språk

Nordic knitting (Nordisk strikking)

Norsk 101: Language practice with Christie Ericson One of the most recognizable symbols of Norway (Et av de mest gjenkjente norske symboler) is the traditional Norwegian wool sweater (er den tradisjonelle ullkofta eller ullgenseren)....

Seasonal simplicity

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The beginnings of the four seasons of the year, or “Earth’s Seasons” as they collectively are called in astronomical terms, are red-letter days (“Red Letter Days,”...

Norsk 101: Berry Season in Norway

Language Practice with Christie Ericson Berry Season in Norway (Bærsesong i Norge) When I was a kid (Da jeg var barn) and lived in the bush in Alaska (og bodde i bushen i Alaska),...

NAOB

NAOB er her!

Free online Bokmål dictionary is launched M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway “It’s a national event,” said Nils Heyerdahl, president of Det Norske Akademi (short name in Norwegian for “The Norwegian Academy for Language and...

Rallar and beslegge

Newer Norwegian words linked by history M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway According to the Global Language Monitor (www.languagemonitor.com), English now has more than a million words, and 5,400 new words are added each year....

Midtsommer vs. sankthans

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway In Norway, midtsommer, the everyday word for the period around the summer solstice, is celebrated on sankthans, the feast day of St. Johannes, June 24, and...

clothesline

Reinventing the wheel

What to call a clothesline that’s not linear? M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway The ubiquitous Norwegian tørkestativ might have had another name. In principle, it functions as does the traditional fiskehjell (fish flake), a...

Pentecost: Hvitasunnudagr, painting by Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval

Pentecost or Pinse?

Words about words M. Michael Brady Asker, Norway Pentecost is the name of a Christian festival that linguistically is both simple and complex. It’s simple because it designates a specific day. It’s complex because...

Syttende Mai phrases

Norsk 101

Language practice with Christie Ericson Hipp hipp hurra for 17. mai! The 17th of May (syttende mai eller 17. mai) is Norway’s Constitution Day (Norges grunnlovsdag) and is celebrated all over the country (det...