Why marriage is a poisonous trap in Norway


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.)

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

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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)

Yourdictionary.com (A collection of links to dictionaries in 300 languages)

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


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