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ashleejsWednesday 22nd of September 2004 07:44:15 PM
Would like to learn Norwegian - I've always been really interested in languages and was having a hard time choosing between Swedish, Danish and Norwegian (I also want to learn Serbo-Croatian/Russian/Finnish/Czech/maybe Italian but these are unrelated =P). Recently I found out that English speakers find these languages quite easy to learn, and while the three languages are said to be 'mutually intelligible' Swedes and Danes have a more difficult time understanding each other than they do Norwegians, so learning Norwegian first would be a sort of 'head start' to learning the other two (as well as being very useful).

But now I'm wondering where to start. I've done a bit of research on the Rosetta Stone software (which I'd use in conjunction with grammar books etc.) but while you can learn German and Swedish, there isn't a Norwegian version =( What would be the best way to learn the language? There are no local classes so I'm thinking maybe get some grammar books and dictionaries as well as a 'Teach Yourself' type guide and also see if there are tapes/videos/movies I can get. Does anyone know of a Norwegian radio station you can listen to over the internet? Also book and course recommendations and what to avoid would be really good.

Thank you!

Ashlee
Peter fra LAWednesday 22nd of September 2004 08:23:31 PM
Recommendations - For Dictionary, and grammar book(s) see: discuss>>NORWEGIAN>>just starting???

Regarding Rosetta Stone software, for a basic audio course, Pimsleur Norwegian audio CDs
will give you a head start on pronouncing the language and expose you to some of the
pronunciation rules you will never learn from a book or pronunciation guides we use our text
messages [vowel shortenings, tonality, and rhythm that make the language song-like
in quality.] You will not likely be able to read the language properly until you unlearn
your English-Ear. Skipping in depth history, the grafting of the Roman Alphabet onto English
left us with an incomplete alphabet for pronunciation. This is why, among other reasons,
learners of English find a lot of exceptions to the pronunciation of our words.

This is less so with Norsk with more straightforward rules and additional characters
, , and . Even less with Icelandic with even more characters and even less exceptions.
If you are considering modifying your Keyboard Driver to support Norsk characters, you may
want to consider stickers that overlay your existing keys (~$14 US) or buying a Norwegian
version of a keyboard (Logitech has a $14 keyboard which has a Norwegian version, you
will have to email their store to see if you can purchase it through them).

I have some applications of activities on the computer in Norsk only with no English,
if you are still interested let me know.

For your website reading and streaming content: http://www.online.no/ is your new site.

Or, of course, you could go to Oslo and haggle with students for their used books as shown below:

ashleejsSunday 26th of September 2004 03:25:47 AM
- Thanks so much. I have compiled a list of books and stuff now (i also got some information from Norskklassen http://frodo.bruderhof.com/norskklassen/ ). It seems that that An Essential Grammar is really popular ^_^ Gotta get one of those.