Archive of 'Language'

Why Norwegian Isn’t the Easiest Language to Learn

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Today I happened on a blog article titled “Why Norwegian is the easiest language for English speakers to learn.”  What a depressing headline for someone who has been trying to muddle her way through learning the language for over two years now. The piece outlines in very clear grammatical terms why Norwegian ought to be […]

Budweiser Not So Bad, But Not So American

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Last night we went to dinner with some friends at Lorry, Oslo’s version of The Ginger Man.  While Lorry’s variety is nowhere near The Ginger Man’s, they do have over 120 types of beer (mostly bottled).  That’s a very respectable offering for Norway, where it sometimes feels like every beer is a pilsner. Since Purdue […]

Edible Boletus Soup

Monday, July 20th, 2009

BeijEnglish – Special Norway Edition! It’s not often that I see amusing English translations around here, since Norwegians seem to speak better English than I do! However, I have been notice a few oddities around our canteen lately. Usually it’s just little things that are a bit off, and even when they’re fairly bizarre, you […]

Product Warning Fail: Drink Then Swallow

Friday, April 24th, 2009

On nice afternoons, we take a walk over to the shop next door to buy soda and ice cream.  Today was especially lovely, so on the way back, we sat on the office steps to enjoy our snacks, basking in the spring sunshine and joking around.  At some point, I happened to take a look […]

World Accent Game

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I came up with a few interesting “Life in Norway” insights to share over the weekend, but I seem to have forgotten them.  So instead, I’ll post another interesting link I’ve come across recently: The World Accent Game See how well you can identify speakers’ accents from all over the world. I did surprisingly badly, […]

Confusion “Over” Quotation Marks

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Floating around in my head, and slowly fading from memory, there are still a few classic tales from Beijing that I should really share. One of the unintentionally funny things about our office in China is that the local Chinese employees were still a bit unsteady in their grasp of daily English usage.  Their eagerness […]

In Defense of “Like”

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Something has happened to my accent since I moved overseas, and lately a surprising number of people have identified it as Canadian (sorry, Kevin).  While some of this might just be an effort to avoid offending me in case I’m not American* (in these days of bad US PR), some of them have been legitimate.  Alas, there […]

Little Things: I Spell Funny

Friday, August 17th, 2007

It’s time for my first “Little Things” post from Norway! Today I tried to type something and couldn’t figure out why the computer’s auto-complete couldn’t figure out what I wanted.  It turns out that I was trying to type something that starts with a Y by starting it with a J.  Because that’s what J […]

Web Security through Paranoia

Friday, July 13th, 2007

I read an article last year that all the built-in security features like “SiteKey” images and the little lock icons in Internet Explorer are virtually worthless, because no one bothers to check for them.  They did a study where they had people log in to their bank account websites multiple times, and they disabled some […]

Learning to Type in Norwegian

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

When we were living in China, a lot of people used to wonder about computer keyboards. Knowing that Chinese is a language with tens of thousands of characters, they asked how on earth people could type, since obviously no one could use a keyboard with ten thousand keys. In the case of both Chinese and […]