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Struggles Every Non-Norwegian SKAM Fan Knows To Be True

Sorry but wtf is a russebuss

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For anyone who has been living under a rock or doesn't want to know what true joy feels like, SKAM is a Norwegian teen drama which focuses on a group of school friends, with each season focusing on a different character

Meet Chris, Vilde, Eva, Noora and Sana, the ultimate group of friends.

Meet Chris, Vilde, Eva, Noora and Sana, the ultimate group of friends.

And it. is. beautiful.

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Also meet Isak and Even, beautiful and precious cinnamon rolls.

As amazing and perfect as this show is, being unable to speak the lingo is something of a setback to non-Norwegian viewers

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First of all, NKR (the Norwegian network that airs SKAM) doesn't have an English distributor, which means hoping generous Norwegian fans will write the subtitles for you

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SKAM also releases clips throughout the week so that viewers get to see the story unfold in real time. As awesome as this is, it means having to wait that little longer for the subtitled versions to become available

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The show releases screenshots of character's Whatsapp messages and social media posts throughout the week, meaning that you miss out on all the extra info

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Of course, you become well-versed in using Google Translate to deal with this issue

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Det er så enkelt å bruke, we mean, it's so easy to use!

Then there are the Norwegian traditions that go STRAIGHT over your head

For example, most characters are obsessed with Russefeiring, a celebration where high school students buy a bus and literally party for weeks on it after graduating from high school. Who knew, right?!
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For example, most characters are obsessed with Russefeiring, a celebration where high school students buy a bus and literally party for weeks on it after graduating from high school. Who knew, right?!

There are loads of little things you probably didn't notice

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For example, 'skam' is Norwegian for 'shame', and in each season the show focuses on a character who feels ashamed about something.

Reading the subtitles, particularly when they are layered on top of characters talking over each over while reading messages. can be a NIGHTMARE

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Cue pausing the action to read all the long messages these characters seem to get!

You miss out on fan discussions

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One of the best things about being in a fandom is being able to discuss the episodes afterwards, but it can be a little challenging in this case! *Cracks out Norwegian dictionary*

But despite it all, it is totally, totally worth it!

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LOS LOSERS FOREVER

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