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GeltonaVarlyteTeach yourself Norwegian

Yesterday’s night I’ve downloaded ton of electronic books for free. It just shows that we don’t need a lot of money to start learning. So don’t make any excuses, and join me!

Author: Margaretha Danbolt Simons
Title: Teach yourself Norwegian

It has 16 great topics, 2 audio CDs, which not only read the exercises, but first pronounce every sentence in English, then in Norwegian. It’s very easy. Moreover it contains: dialogs, vocabulary, true or false statements, useful expressions, grammar, facts you need to know about life in Norway, and another dialog which you need to translate to Norwegian yourself.

If you find it difficult to remember new words or phrases, I would like to suggest you another useful program which I found myself called Quizlet It’s a flashcard set, which you create on your own or use already created. Unfortunately, there’s no audio for Norwegian language, but there are tons of audios for other languages. Also you can play a lot of fun games containing your flashcard sets. I think it’s very good way to remember! :) 2 years ago

GeltonaVarlyteNorsk for utlendinger (Norwegian for foreigners)

I got a beginner book (+audio CDs) for Norwegian learners “Norsk for utlendinger” by Åse-Berit and Rolf Strandskogen Oslo 1991. This book is written in Norwegian only and it is meant for zero beginners. It contains 17 lessons.

Today I started reading this book. The time I spent on this book is my leisure time. It is the same kind of pleasure as reading a normal book. The texts are simple and new vocabulary is introduced gradually.

Even though I understand most of its explanations, I use a Norwegian-Norwegian dictionary (Bokmålsordboka). The dictionary gives many examples. The examples are very useful, probably more useful than definitions. 2 years ago

GeltonaVarlyteMy first objects of interest while learning Norwegian

1) Pronunciation and phonetic transcription

I will use a Norwegian-Norwegian dictionary with phonetic transcription. Also materials about Norwegian pronunciation (a course-book with Norwegian pronunciation plus audio aid). I will start with pronunciation. Pronunciation will be my first object of interest.

I could learn without pronunciation at all, but then I would not speak Norwegian at all. I would start speaking only after acquainting myself with correct pronunciation. I don’t want to begin with building bad habits. I would learn proper pronunciation from the start.

If there is a phonetic system for Norwegian pronunciation, I have to know about it and learn to use it at the beginning of my study. I learn every new word together with its phonetic transcription. I keep this habit all my life.

2) Sentences rather than single words

I am going to get a course-book for zero beginners that it is meant for self-study. I would read the course-book page by page paying attention to everything. I learn whole sentences from the coursebook rather than single words. I will write them down to my notebook.

I am going to build my grammar knowledge on the basis of sentences. For every piece of grammatical knowledge I have at least five sentences which demonstrate it. Grammar through examples – it is the essence of the effective learning.

3) Reading in Norwegian

At some point I am going to read simplified Norwegian texts. Later I will read more difficult Norwegian books. As I read in Norwegian I look up words in a Norwegian-Norwegian dictionary. Again I focus on whole sentences. I add a number of example sentences to my notebook for every word that I learn.

I have a tremendous desire to start learning Norwegian language. Moreover, I want to test it practically with native speakers. ;) 2 years ago

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