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How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Norwegian

How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Norwegian!

Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

Table of Contents

  1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
  2. Norwegian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
  3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
  4. How Can NorwegianClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
  5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Norwegian - Testing New Technology

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1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Norwegian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Norwegian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

  1. joke - spøke
  2. funny - morsom
  3. lie - lyve
  4. surprise - overraske
  5. fool - tosk
  6. deceptive - villedende
  7. April 1st - Første april
  8. humor - humor
  9. sneaky - slesk
  10. prankster - tullebukk
  11. prank - narrestrek
  12. play a joke - tulle med noen

2. Norwegian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

Norwegian Phrases for April Fools' Day

Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Norwegian to prank your favorite Norwegian friend or colleague!

  1. I learned Norwegian in 1 month.
    • Jeg lærte norsk på en måned.
  2. All classes for today got canceled.
    • Alle klasser i dag ble kansellert.
  3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
    • Jeg beklager, men jeg ødela nettopp ditt favorittpar med briller.
  4. Someone has just hit your car.
    • Noen har nettopp truffet bilen din.
  5. I’m getting married.
    • Jeg skal gifte meg.
  6. You won a free ticket.
    • Du vant en gratis billett.
  7. I saw your car being towed.
    • Jeg så bilen din ble tauet.
  8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
    • De gir bort gratis gavekort foran bygningen.
  9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
    • En kjekk fyr venter på deg utenfor.
  10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
    • En vakker dame spurte meg om å gi dette telefonnummeret til deg.
  11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
    • Kan du komme ned? Jeg har noe spesielt til deg.
  12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
    • Takk for kjærlighetsbrevet ditt i morges. Jeg kunne aldri ha gjettet følelsene dine.

Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

Choose Bad or Good

Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Norwegian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

Cockroach prank

1- Infestation

This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

3- Something Weird in the Restroom

At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

Funny Face

4- Call Me Funny

Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - XXX XXXXXXX - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

5- Minty Cookies

This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

6- Wild Shopping

At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

8- Sneeze On Me

Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

9- Word Play Repairs

Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

10- Scary Face

Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

11- Wake Up To Madness

Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

Computer Prank

12- Computer Prank

This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

13- Monster Under the Cup

This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

Door Prank

14- Prank Door

Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

4. How Can NorwegianClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

If you happen to visit Norway, or if you work for any Norwegian company, knowing the above Norwegian prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Norwegian words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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How to Say Happy New Year in Norwegian & New Year Wishes

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How to Say Happy New Year in Norwegian

Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

So, how do you say Happy New Year in Norwegian? Let a native teach you! At NorwegianClass101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Norwegian New Year wishes!

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Celebrate New Year in Norway
  2. Must-Know Norwegian Words & Phrases for the New Year!
  3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Norwegian
  4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
  5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
  6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
  7. How NorwegianClass101 Can Help You Learn Norwegian

But let’s start with some vocabulary for Norwegian New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

1. How to Celebrate New Year in Norway

Like many other western countries, Norway celebrates the new year on New Year’s Day, December 31. Norwegian people typically gather with friends and eat good food, drink sparkling wine or champagne, and have a party, which is fest in Norwegian, all night long. In this lesson you’ll learn how Norwegians celebrate New Year’s.

Now, before we get into more detail, do you know the answer to this question -

Do you know what type of accident is most common on New Year’s Eve?

If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later. Keep reading.

In Norway, people celebrate New Year’s among friends. The party normally takes place in someone’s home, and everyone participates in the cooking, which in Norwegian is matlaging. Each person normally brings at least one dish: either a side dish, main course, or a dessert. The most common thing to eat for dinner on New Year’s Eve is reindeer, or reinsdyr, but turkey and moose steak are also popular choices. There are lots of toasts, which in Norwegian is skål, throughout the night, and sometimes a “thank you” speech is given summarizing the events of the year.

Another important speech held on New Year’s Eve is the King’s Speech. At 7:30 pm, most Norwegians turn on their TVs or radios to listen to the King’s speech about the year that was. The King speaks live from the The Royal Palace, broadcasting out to all the Norwegian people. Though some may mistakenly assume this speech to be pompous, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The King’s speeches are typically rather down to earth, which is why they are so special and appreciated by the Norwegian people.

As midnight approaches, people usually go to the nearest park or hilltop to watch the fyrverkeri, or fireworks, that are set off when the clock strikes 12:00. A lot of people bring their own fireworks, as it is legally permitted for anyone to set them off. At 12:00 they are all launched, and the dark night is filled with light. Everyone hugs each other and wishes each other a happy new year, and if you are lucky, you may even get a kiss, or kyss.

Now it’s time to answer our quiz question-

Do you know what type of accident is most common on New Year’s Eve?

The most prevalent accidents on New Year’s Eve are fireworks accidents. Every year, ERs across the country receive patients who have been hit by fireworks in the head or in the eyes. Be sure to watch out for stray fireworks if you’re in Norway on New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year!
Godt Nyttår!

2. Must-Know Norwegian Words & Phrases for the New Year!

Norwegian Words & Phrases for the New Year

1- Year

år

This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Norway could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

2- Midnight

midnatt

The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

3- New Year’s Day

nyttårsdag

In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

You can do it!

4- Party

fest

A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

5- Dancing

dansing

Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

6- Champagne

sjampanje

Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

7- Fireworks

fyrverkeri

These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

Happy Near Year!

8- Countdown

nedtelling

This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

9- New Year’s Holiday

Nyttårsferie

In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

10- Confetti

konfetti

In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

11- New Year’s Eve

Nyttårsaften

This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

12- Toast

skål

A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

13- Resolution

forsett

Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

14- Parade

parade

New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At NorwegianClass101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Norwegian New Year celebrations are like!

3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions List

So, you learned the Norwegian word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at NorwegianClass101 - what are yours?

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New Year's Resolutions

1- Read more

lese mer

Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Norwegian in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Norwegian language skills!

2- Spend more time with family

tilbringe mer tid med familien

Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

3- Lose weight

gå ned i vekt

Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

4- Save money

spare penger

Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to NorwegianClass101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

5- Quit smoking

slutte å røyke

This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

6- Learn something new

lære noe nytt

Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

7- Drink less

drikke mindre alkohol

This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

8- Exercise regularly

trene regelmessig

This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

9- Eat healthy

spise sunt

If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

10- Study Norwegian with NorwegianClass101

studere norsk med NorwegianClass101.com

Of course! You can only benefit from learning Norwegian, especially with us! Learning how to speak Norwegian can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. NorwegianClass101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

Inspirational Quotes

Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Norwegian new year greeting!

Make decorative notes of these in Norwegian, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Norwegian incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

Language Learning Quotes

Still undecided whether you should enroll with NorwegianClass101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Norwegian could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Norwegian - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Norwegian - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

7. Why Enrolling with NorwegianClass101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

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Norwegian Word of the Day - zebra (noun)

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sebra zebra (noun)

Sebraene klør seg på halsen.
The zebras are rubbing their necks.

sort- og hvitstripete sebra
black and white striped zebra

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Norwegian Word of the Day - surf the internet (verb)

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surfe Internett surf the internet (verb)

Mannen surfer på Internett på datamaskinen.
The man surfs the internet on the computer.

Mannen surfa på Internett på datamaskinen.
The man surfed the internet on the computer.

Jeg surfer på Internett hver kveld før jeg legger meg.
I surf the internet every night before bed.

Mannen surfer Internett på datamaskinen.
The man is surfing the internet on the computer.

surfe Internett i en time
surf the internet for an hour

surfe Internett på en bærbar PC
surf the net on a laptop

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Norwegian Word of the Day - drinking glass (noun)

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drikkeglass drinking glass (noun)

Gutten drikker et glass vann.
The boy is drinking a glass of water.

Drikkeglasset er fullt av vann.
The drinking glass is full of water.

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Norwegian Word of the Day - speaker (noun)

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høytaler speaker (noun)

den høyre høytaleren har kontrollene
The right speaker has the controls.

to høytalere
two speakers

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Norwegian Word of the Day - change (verb)

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veksle change (verb)

Veksle kontanter til mynter.
Change cash to coins.

veksle penger
change money

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Norwegian Word of the Day - cash (noun)

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kontanter cash (noun)

Det er et par hundre dollar i kontanter.
There is a few hundred dollars in cash.

Jeg skal betale for middagen min med kontanter.
I am going to pay for my dinner with cash.

stabler av kontanter
stacks of cash

betale med kontanter
pay cash

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Norwegian Word of the Day - boat (noun)

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båt boat (noun)

båten beveger seg gjennom vannet
The boat is moving through the water.

svart og hvit båt
black and white boat

speedbåt
speed boat

fiskebåt
fishing boat

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Norwegian Word of the Day - owl (noun)

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ugle owl (noun)

Uglen snur hodet opp ned!
The owl is turning his head upside down!

Uglen flyr i luften.
The owl is flying in the air.

flyvende ugle
flying owl

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