Norwegian Lessons

Norwegian Lessons: Koselig

For the past several years the world—or at least the U.S.—has had an obsession with Scandinavia. It started with Sweden—specifically IKEA and minimalist design and fashion. (The latter extends beyond Sweden, of course, but in my mind Sweden was always the capital of the Scandinavian minimalist aesthetic.) Next came Denmark, and specifically the concept of […] Read more…

Norwegian Lessons: Jul

As we were getting ready for vacation, Christmas was starting to come to Oslo, with large swathes of Karl Johans blocked off where they were going to build a Christmas market. By the time we returned, the Jul season was officially in full swing, with not only Julemarked (Christmas markets) popping up around the city, but also Julekaffe, Julebrus, and yes, even Julepølse. 

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Norwegian Lessons: Barnevogn

I wasn’t going to write this post. Linguistically, this isn’t the most interesting word—we already know that barn means “child,” so if you speak English (and I assume you do if you are reading this blog) it’s not hard to figure out that barnevogn is “child wagon” aka “stroller.” And I would really like to move on to some less child-centered words.

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