23 April 2013

So excited!  
We are off to Norway on a cruise in a few days!

When we went to the Red Sea in February I learnt 'please' and 'thank you' which were very useful (phonetically 'min-fad-lak' and 'sock-ran'), which were especially useful when I had to visit a Jordanian dentist.  

Having said that, the dentist's English was pretty good, so at least I didn't worry whether he knew what I wanted doing! 

So now would like to learn some of the language.  Here are a few phrases: http://www.digitaldialects.com/Norwegian/Phrases.htm and here are the ubiquitous 'please' and 'thankyou' and other useful words, taken from http://wikitravel.org/en/Norwegian_phrasebook:

Map of Norway
Hello (formal): God dag. This greeting that can be used at most occasions (except funerals) and times of day.

Please: Vær så snill  (vae shaw snil)

Thank you: Tusen takk (or perhaps just tak?)

Yes: Ya

No: Nei

Goodbye: Ha det bra! (Ha de bra) or Farvel ("far-vel")

I remember from watching 'Wallander' on TV that 'hey' appears quite often, so imagine that must mean 'hello' in Scandinavian countries.   The programmes were difficult to follow as people spoke so fast, but many words seemed to sound similar to English.

Those six words will probably be enough to be learning this week.

Here is one of the stops on our visit to the southern part of Norway.  What magnificent scenery - I hope the weather's as clear as this!: http://www.visitnorway.com/uk/Where-to-go-uk/Fjord-Norway/The-Geirangerfjord/What-to-do-in-the-Geirangerfjord-area-and-Trollstigen/Attractions-in-the-areas-of-the-Geirangerfjord-and-Trollstigen/The-Geirangerfjord/, which is UNESCO protected.
Flydalsjuvet in Geiranger, Norway - Photo: Terje Rakke, Nordic Life

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