I've now lived in Norway for a year and change, and have completed several Norwegian language courses. My proficiency in the language increases all the time, but of course it will be a long journey to real fluency.
As a native English speaker, there are many words and phrases in Norwegian that I find particularly funny, cute, surprising, or useful. Now that I am regularly participating in Norwegian conversations, more and more of these funny words and phrases come to my attention. The following is a list of a few of these words. See my previous posts (Part 1, and Part 2) for more!
sounds like "yo"
For example, a person might say, "Liker du ikke hunder?" ("You don't like dogs?") To which you could reply, "Jo! Jeg liker hunder." ("No, you're wrong! Yes, I like dogs!").
sounds like "lease par eh"
However, some of these combination words are pretty funny. We'll start out with an easy one, "lyspære" and move on to some of the funnier ones. Lyspære means "lightbulb", but literally means "light pear", like the fruit. Now, when I look at my lamps, I think of these juicy fruits hanging from the sockets :)
sounds like "more cock eh"
sounds like "toe fees"
sounds like "bren uh veen"
sounds like "fest blahr eh"
So, of course, the Norwegians came up with a word related to this drinking culture. I first heard "festblære" at one such all-nighter. The words used in combination are "party" and "bladder". The combination means "A person who does not have to pee often, and thus has an advantage at parties."
sounds like "sooker sick eh"
sounds like "sue gher ohr"
sounds like "deer eh haahg eh"
sounds like "klister yarn eh"
sounds like "Oooh boat"
sounds like "sh*tting"
The first time I heard this word was in Norwegian class, when we were discussing our hobbies. One of my classmates told us that his hobby is "skyting i skogen" which means "shooting (hunting) in the woods". But... I had not learned the word for "shooting" yet, and thought he was telling us his hobby was sh*tting in the woods.