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How I did it: I lived in Norway for 11 years, so it was necessary to learn the language. I attended a course for a year and a half, but I found I learned more by talking to people I worked with. It took years to become anything close to fluent, but the important thing is that you understand others and they understand you, even if you don't have perfect pronunciation. Read how I did it… 16 months ago
Since I´m Dutch, I should have a huge advantage learning Norwegian as the two languages are very similar. I´ve decided to use Assimil´s Norwegisch ohne Mühe. The translations are in German, but I speak that language well enough so I should do okay.
I love the way the course introduces new concepts in a short story or conversation, some of the sentences get stuck in my head the rest of the day.
The only problem with learning languages is that it’s so hard to estimate your level of proficiency. When doing the course I feel like I already know a whole lot, but when reading a newspaper in Norwegian or watching an interview I still only get the basics of what people are saying.
So in addition to the Assimil course I’m just going to set a couple of goals for myself:
-Learn the most important verbs (to tell, to ask, to need, to use, etc.) in all forms
-Look up a list of the 2000 most commonly used words
-Listen to a Norwegian podcast everyday
-Read children’s books in Norwegian 21 months ago
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
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