Nynorsk and Bokmål: Why are there two ways to write Norwegian?

A look at the history behind why there are two different written standards of Norwegian (Nynorsk/ Landsmål and Bokmål/ Riksmål), with examples of some of the biggest differences between them.

English Words with Old Norse Origins

The North Germanic Languages of the Nordic Nations

Scanian Dialect

UK: Rapes in London Have Increased by 20% and the Police are BAFFLED!

Rapes are soaring in Britain’s multicultural capital under Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan — but police claim they have no idea what could be behind the increase.

7,613 rapes were recorded in Sadiq Khan’s London in the 12 months to the end of January 2018, compared with 6,392 over the previous year — a rise of almost 20 per cent, the Evening Standard reports.


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Rotherham sex abuse scandal grows as police ID 110 ‘designated suspects’ who they fear abused more than 1,500 children aged mainly 11-18.

Rotherham: Child Services Boss Denies Race Was a Factor in Grooming Gang Scandal.

Human trafficking in Nigeria: ‘Don’t struggle if you’re raped’

But as CNN revealed in an exclusive report last year, they often never get beyond Libya.

When they arrive, they’re told by smugglers they will need to pay thousands of dollars more to continue their journey across the Mediterranean.

When the migrants fail to pay, they are held in grim living conditions, deprived of food, abused by their captors, and sold as laborers in slave auctions.

Footage obtained of a slave auction in Libya — in which young men were sold by smugglers for as little as $400 each — caused international outrage.

English Words with Old Norse Origins

Beyond the obvious words (like “saga,” “berserk,” and “Valkyrie”), English has borrowed some of its most basic vocabulary from the language of the Vikings.

Update: The video is not on YouTube anymore, so I have added a similar video.

This video is all about the Viking age and how it affected the English language.



YouTube comment:

I am a German native speaker. But nevertheless, I have noticed some similarities about languages that are spoken nowadays, even if that is not so obvious in all spellings. Examples for this are:

Wasser (German)

water (English)

vand (Danish)

vann (Norwegian)

vatten (Swedish)

vatn (Icelandic)


therefore (English)

derfor (Danish)

derfor (Norwegian)

därför (Swedish)


neu (German)

new (English)

nieuw (Dutch)

ny (Danish)

ny (Norwegian)

ny (Swedish)

ný (Icelandic)


Vater (German)

father (English)

far (Danish)

far (Norwegian)

far (Swedish)

faðir (Icelandic)


Sohn (German)

son (English)

son (Swedish)

sonur (Icelandic)

søn (Danish)

sønn (Norwegian)


Mutter (German)

mother (English)

mor (Danish)

mor (Norwegian)

mor (Swedish)

móðir (Icelandic)


Tochter (German)

daughter (English)

datter (Danish)

datter (Norwegian)

dotter (Swedish)

dóttir (Icelandic)


Bruder (German)

brother (English)

bror (Danish)

bror (Norwegian)

bror (Swedish)

bróðir (Icelandic)


Schwester (German)

sister (English)

søster (Danish)

søster (Norwegian)

syster (Swedish)

systir (Icelandic)