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Possessive adjective order

Min/mitt, din/ditt before or after the noun

In Norwegian, for a phrase such as "my dog", you are likely to encounter both "min hund" and "hunden min". Similarly, for "your cat", there is both "din katt" and "katten din". You may wonder if there are any rules about when to use which, but there isn’t! It’s entirely up to your personal preference (with some caveats). 💡 If you’re looking for when to use "min" vs. "mitt" etc, look here. [Read More]

To do, to play

When learning Norwegian, one will come across verbs that can sometimes be difficult for new learners to understand how and when they are used. Often in these cases, the verbs might translate into the same English word, but cannot be used interchangeably in Norwegian. Let’s look at some examples.

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Legge vs ligge; Sette vs sitte

In English, often we use “lay” and “lie” interchangeably, even if they are not meant to be used in that manner, and yet most people never even notice when we use them incorrectly. In Norwegian, however, people will notice when you use “å ligge” instead of “å legge” (or vice versa) or “å sitte” instead of “å sette.” For learners, the difference can be difficult to remember, so we will go over them today.

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Complex sentences

The previous lesson went over basic sentence structure. This lesson goes over more complex sentences in Norwegian.

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While many Norwegians are not Christian, the Easter holiday is still widely celebrated throughout the country. It is a great time to spend with family and friends and welcome the coming of spring.

Norway has one of the longest Easter celebration / holiday breaks in the world. It begins on Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter) and lasts until the Monday following Easter (known as “the second Easter day”). Many people have off work during this time and schools are closed the entire week before Easter.

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To think, to know

Some verbs in Norwegian have more than one word that can be used, but when to use which word can be difficult. Three examples are “to think,” “to know,” and “to see.”

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To have, to be

This lesson goes over some verbs that Norwegian learners struggle with, specifically, “å ha,” “å få,” “å være,” and “å bli.”

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