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¿Es el noruego el lenguaje del amor?

A Frog in the Fjord es el blog de una inmigrante francesa en Noruega que se describe a sí misma como una “observadora de los noruegos”. En sus posts, ella relata no solo su experiencia viviendo en este país, sino también las cosas que le llaman la atención sobre idioma noruego y por supuesto, sus habitantes. Nos encantan sus escritos y ella nos dejó traducirlos para que nuestros lectores hispanos…

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Why are Norwegians always in tidsklemma?

“What do you mean you can’t meet me as planned today? You don’t have time? But it’s Sunday and tomorrow is a bank holiday”. “Yeah I have bad time (dårlig tid), said my friend Guro. My other friend who heard the conversation said “Classic, she is in tidsklemma“. What does tidsklemma mean? She is in WHAT? Was my first reaction. For those of you new to Norway, there are many…

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Weird things Norwegians do During Work Meetings

1. Skiing In which other country do you see people coming to work, and therefore to meetings, with their skis on their shoulder? It doesn’t stop there: they will be cheered on their way in by all their colleagues who feel envious of those who hit the ski slopes just after work instead of waiting for the week end. 2. Knitting stuff In Norway it is totally accepted to do…

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How to differentiate the Norwegian Dialects?

When you start learning Norwegian everything looks nice and simple. 5 million inhabitants in this country you think, it can’t be that hard. You’ll learn the one language here and you will be fine. Okay, two languages actually, with nynorsk. Wait, three with the Sami language (actually there are many Sami languages but they use one in official matters such as NAV). Why are there more dialects than people in…

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Is Norwegian a Language of Love?

When people tell me “I loooovve French, it’s such a romantic language” it is obvious these people didn’t understand that our conversation was just about going down to the shop to buy a broccoli and oignons. I believe there is no such thing as one language being the language of love. In Norwegian, like in every other language, you will find many words to express love, longing, desire and so…