26. juni Teum that oot!
Posted at 08:42h in UncategorizedLong before I started working as a translator for Allegro språktjenester, indeed before I had learned a word of Norwegian, I was already familiar with a lot of Norwegian sounds and words without even knowing it. I grew up in the wilds of Orkney, on the north-western tip of the mainland where the Vikings first pulled their boats ashore. Beside farms called Langskail, Vinbreck and Grindally and between the hills of Storafjold and Belyafjold. Among fields known as Rouansmouch, Swartland and Yarsdeels o` Grew and where the wind skoldered and hushled. Although I was vaguely aware of Orkney's Norse heritage, I knew next to nothing about Norway or the Norwegian language when I set off as an exchange student to spend a year at Voss Folk High School. This was before the dawn of the Internet Age when accessing information actually required effort, and it didn’t even cross my mind to visit the library and borrow a travel guide.