https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaden978039

Level 25!

Thanks to the Norwegian team for making such a great course, I have learned so much about Norway and the Norwegian language, and I have connected with a part of my ancestry and history that was forgotten in my family when my great grandparents never taught my grandparents anything about Norway or the Norwegian language.

August 15, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wcjerky

Gratulerer!

August 15, 2018

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Takk

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raachel.T

Congrats. Norway is an amazing country (Been there for summer vacation this year) and glad you've came this far. Keep it up!

August 18, 2018

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Gratulerer, Jaden! :)

August 15, 2018

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Tusen takk.

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SupBlue24

Congrats! Here, have 5 lingots as a gift!

August 16, 2018

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Dankuwel.

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Whizbang

Gratulerer!

August 16, 2018

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Takk

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/australsk

Congratulations! It is a great achievement. Do you plan to visit Norway and perhaps catch up with distant relatives?

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaden978039

Maybe when I have enough money, my mom's cousin visited my 4th and 5th cousins a while back.

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moongrovenly

Do make the trip when you can. It's worth any stretch to do it! Try to have two weeks, or at least ten days if you possibly can make it happen. My family's distance from Norway is just about the same as yours: the generations 5 and 6 before me emigrated from the Sogn and Voss areas of Norway to the northern plains of the United States, making homestead farms for themselves in what is now South Dakota. My grandparents heard my great grandparents speak fluent Norwegian to each other, but it was not taught to them. Just as my grandparents were growing up in the 1910s and 20s, hundreds of thousands of families across America were moving off of farms and into cities, and the same happened to their families. Integration and assimilation seemed to take over and the language was not passed along. But their families still felt Norwegian-American Lutheran through and through, even so. They carried on Norwegian-American christmas traditions, and I used to hear my grandmother say "Uff da" from time to time -- something that we now realize is archaic Norwegian, it had stuck in Norwegian-American culture while Norwegians themselves had moved on.

Anyway, so that's our story, and finally just this summer my mother and her two siblings very generously took our three families to travel in Norway for twelve days. It was incredible, one of the best experiences of my life, even in spite of the challenges of traveling with a family group of some size. We managed to visit the very farms that my grandmother and grandfather's ancestors had lived on and owned for hundreds of years, as well as seeing the beauty of some of the central fjords and being utterly blown away by all of the mountains and valleys, plus more urban and seaside experiences in Oslo and Bergen. It still brings a tear to my eye every time I think about it. And of course I MUST go again. In fact I knew that by day 3 of our trip... I already could see that the only way I could make it through the first trip was to guarantee myself there would be more visits. Now I'm back in California with a fjord-ish fog over my brain, needing to concentrate on working hard enough to return.

August 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaden978039

I'll see what I can do

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moongrovenly

Nice work on all those languages!

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maryfromitaly

Thank you for sharing your interesting story! :D

August 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OlavMykleb

"Uff da" isn't archaic at all.

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moongrovenly

I should not have used the term "archaic" as it can imply something much older. I meant only to say that what I've read has indicated the phrase had fallen out of common usage and now would sound dated or quaint to many. Is it otherwise?

August 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamSutnovs

Do visit! Round trip is under 400 dollars from California with Norwegian Airlines, maybe that icelandic airline too. McDonalds has some items under 3 dollars as well surprisingly so not necessarily a bank breaker

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moongrovenly

Please tell me they have McLefse...

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamSutnovs

Dont recall as I was raiding the value menu haha. They have a chicken salsa thing that's like a chicken sandwich with salsa for 1.50 usd. They shut off the value menu late at night so all the drunk people have to spend 14 dollars on a meal haha.

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moongrovenly

Then it's McVafler med brunost or nothing!!

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leighforbes

Congratulations on level 25 – it's a massive achievement! (Particularly in Norwegian with no other ways to earn XP.) Really, well done.

August 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaden978039

Takk takk

August 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Matt_hematics

Gratulon, samideano

August 15, 2018

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Dankon

August 16, 2018
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