Norwegian Consonants on Karl Johans gate

How do you write drunk Norwegian? Why is the voiceless palatal fricative so confusing? Which Norwegian is known for voicing his Ss? And what is The Big Thing in Oslo?

All these questions answered in this installment of «Retorikeren talking about Norwegian language with Norwegian stuff in the background».




Norwegian swearing across Besseggen

What is swearing? How do Norwegians swear? Isn’t Norwegian a great language to swear in? And don’t mountains make you want to go &%#/(%&$&&?

I took a trip across Besseggen while mumbling into the camera about faen, helvete, fitte and many other swear words, before succumbing to nature and going silent.

In the end, I asked other hikers on the track and they proved me wrong…

Should you learn Swedish, then? Or Icelandic?


Morale: Swedes use strange words (fönster, trottoir, örngott, fåtölj) and  even letters (ö, ä for ø, æ). Norwegians understand Swedes and Danes better than vice versa. Norwegian is Danish with Swedish-ish accent. Norwegian is even makes you understand quite a bit of Icelandic.

There. Case closed. Next time: Bokmål or Nynorsk?





Norsk ordbok (Nynorsk and dialects. Brilliant, but lack of funding means it’s missing A to H.)

Lexin (Bokmål/Nynorsk to Arabic, Dari, Kurdish, Persian, Polish, Russian, Somali, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu and Vietnamese. Also Bokmål to Nynorsk.)


Wiktionary Bokmål / Nynorsk / English

Akademisk ordliste (750 Norwegian words you should know as a student.)

Islex (Icelandic <–> Bokmål, Nynorsk, Swedish, Danish, Faroese.)

Tvärslå (Lots of dictionaries combined into one search: Bokmål, Nynorsk, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic, English.)

Den danske ordbog (Danish)

Svenska Akademiens ordlista (Swedish — Svensk ordbok app (65k words), Svenska Akademiens ordlista app (125k words), Svenska Akademiens ordlista on-line) (A collection of links to dictionaries in 300 languages)

Cercurius (More than 2000 links to dictionaries, grammars etc. Swedish.)


Not free

Ordnett (Norwegian <–> English, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese.)