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noen ganger

Sometimes, a few times

"Noen ganger er jeg i dårlig humør".

Sometimes I’m in a bad mood.

"Du har vært der noen ganger."

You have been there a few times.

carolinegoesrogue asked: Can you suggest a Norwegian phrase every day for us to learn? I'm half Norwegian and am kind of at an intermediate level, and I'd love to learn some more useful everyday phrases.

That’s a good idea. I am really terrible about updating this blog on a daily basis, but I will put a stock in the queue right now while I am here! 

yurinha217 asked: Hello❤ I'm a Japanese girl living in Japan. I've got a friend living in Trondheim and I really enjoy looking at beautiful photos you update. I've found a job offer in Norway for a Japanese person and I've been thinking about applying for it! :) I have some questions, I would be very glad if you answer them. ❤ First of all, I cannot speak or read Norwegian, is this gonna be a problem if you are to live there? or is English enough? and, how people in general there think about Japan? :)

Not too much of a problem, no, especially if you live in a place like Oslo that has a lot more foreigners than say, northern norway. Most signs are such are going to be in norwegian, so you’ll run into difficulties there. Almost all norwegians, especially younger people, can speak at least some if not conversational level english.

However, if you are going to be spending any amount of time in norway, it is really in your best interest to at least learn some norwegian. It will go a long way with norwegians if you have at least some knowledge of the language and if you just don’t expect people to speak english. 

Norwegians really have no problems with japan. We actually have a lot of japanese tourists, at least that I have noticed.

You should be fine. Good luck (lykke til)!

katmahen asked: Hello. I'm Norwegian.

Hei !


trogelstad asked: I live in the states and my last name is Rogelstad, I'm half Norwegian. Just curious if you've ever been or heard of a Røgelstad farm somewhere in Norway? My family lives there and I've always wanted to go

No, not of a particular location like a farm. But I do know there is a town called Røgelstad located in Rogaland, if that’s of any help to you.

teatimefortory asked: Hello! I am part Norwegian and live in the States. My families Norwegian name is Opstad, and I'm trying to find out more about it. Do you happen to know anything about that name? Is it common? Maybe not? I only know that there is a town called Opstad. so yeah! if there is any light you can shed on the name, I would really appreciate it!

Hmm, I do know a few people with the last name Opstad (not related to one another), so I wouldn’t say that it’s uncommon. That’s all I know really.

I did a little internet search but couldn’t find much. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help! Good luck to you on your search though :)

dot-three asked: Hi there! I'm chilean and I've got a friend whose cousin lives in your country, since born. I told me that getting Norwegian nationality is quite difficult or impossible. Is it true? However, I I'd like to go and live there some day, without the nationality, what are the possibilities I'd get to live in a "normal" way?

If you don’t have norwegian citizenship, you’ll probably be only allowed to stay for a certain amount of time, unless you have permission for work. If you want to work and can’t be a norwegian citizen, I think there is a special permit for that. I really am not clear on all the technicalities because I’ve never had to deal with something like it. I believe that you could live at least semi- normally without full citizenship, though. If someone else knows this better, please feel free to contact the asker directly

Best of luck to you :)


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