What is the first word or sentence that you heard in Norwegian?
The answer for me is “C”. If you live in Oslo, you can hear this expression many times in a day when using t-bane or trick.
Speaking English is very common in Norway. Even elderly people speak English fluently. Therefore, if you are fluent in English then you may have no problem with your temporary visit to Norway. But if you plan to live here longer then you are required to learn Norwegian even if you speak English. Language is an important part of our lives. It is a uniquely human gift which lets us communicate and differentiates us from primates. But language is much more than just a means of communication. It is also an inseparable part of our culture. It is the tool that conveys traditions and values related to group identity. It is also a magical key that will open closed doors to you.
Today, there are more Norwegian learning resources available, then we know what to do with, there’s really no reason for you to not know a second language. Knowing a Norwegian language does not only benefit your personal life, through meeting new friends or communicating with others, and it can also benefit your business life.Furthermore, it plays a crucial role to understand and support your children since they are going to be a part of Norwegian society. You may help them to overcome the possible cultural barriers they may face in the future. We believe that those who decided to live in Norway should have a local language learning plan, regardless of which status they belong to; student, worker, academician or an asylum seeker.
Before making your Norwegian learning plan, it Is good to know that we are all unique and have a different language learning capacity and language background. Distinctly, speaking English or a another European language will be an advantage, however, it could be a bit more challenging if it is your first time to learn a foreign language. Considering this fact, we highly recommend you to begin to learn Norwegian right away and do not give up no matter how much you struggle.
Principally, the best way to learn a language is getting a professional help as it provides a framework to achieve your targets. Some people have rights to go to free courses thanks to their residence status, but some do not have this opportunity. However, there are private language courses in bigger cities. You can find those course centres with a quick search on the Internet. Unfortunately, they are not cheap. Do not worry If you cannot afford it. There are many other alternative ways to learn Norwegian especially if you are speaking English. We will provide some useful tips for learning Norwegian below. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding to learning Norwegian.
-Sometimes different associations can arrange free or cheaper Norwegian courses especially for women. You can search them by google and your network.
-Duolingo is a good friend for learning the meanings of Norwegian words in English. Please see www.duolingo.no
-NTNU, the university in Trondheim, offers an online course for its own international students. Luckily, it is open to everybody else who likes to learn or improve their language skills. There are ten chapters consisting of both grammar, reading, listening and vocabulary parts. After completing the course, you will move up to A2 level. For further details, please visit www.ntnu.edu/now
-Futurelearn.com is a website which offers free courses in a unique way of teaching. It also has an elementary Norwegian course with collaboration of Oslo University. It is possible to check the course times from the website.
-New language learners usually complain that they do actually understand the target language but they can not just speak it out. If you have just said “yeah, that is also my problem”. Then we suggest you to keep calm, there is no need to be panicked. Keep in your mind your problem will not last forever. Here is a good tip for you. Join to the language cafes in libraries called “Språkkafe” in Norwegian. There, you will have the opportunity to practice your Norwegian with volunteer Norwegians and the other language learners from different countries. You can check the language cafes in your city from internet or you can get information from libraries.
-We do believe that reading child books in Norwegian is also very beneficial. Well, it is time for you to travel back to your childhood time and read all those good stories again but this time in Norwegian. Since they are simple and including basic words, there is no doubt that it will be very helpful. You may also have very quality time with your children (if you have any) while reading books to them. Find the nearest library to your address and be a member as soon as possible!
-Are you bored of studying? Then, it is time to give a break. Do you want to have fun time while doing some listening exercises? Then download NRK Super. Most of the programmes have also Norwegian subtitle and definitely makes it easier to understand.
-You are eager to know what is going on in Norway but you don’t get the whole content from the Norwegian newspapers? www.klartale.no is a perfect solution for your problem. We believe that it is Norway’s best easy-to-read newspaper comparing to others. A good way to learn both Norway and Norwegian!
– Do not forget the importance of dictionary use. According to the language experts, when learning a new language, using monolingual dictionaries is one of the most efficient way to accelerate your learning. Regarding this, you can benefit from www.ordbok.uib.no free. In case you do not get the clear meaning when you look up the definition of the words then using google translate would be a wise choice. We believe that google translates effectively from Norwegian to English to some extent. On the other hand, we are not convinced that you can get accurate translation, if Norwegian to Turkish translation is used. Besides that, it is possible to purchase a Norwegian-Turkish dictionary published by H.Sinan Corbacioglu from any book store in the town.
-You also have very a good online alternative for Norwegian-Turkish dictionary: www.lexin.udir.no. Lexin is published by Education Directorate for more than ten different languages including Turkish to Norwegian. When you use Norwegian-Turkish dictionary you may also find explanations not only in Turkish but also in English and in Norwegian. Additionally, having pronunciation feature available makes Lexin a very charming source for starters to learn Norwegian. This website has more to offer; sentence examples. Sometimes to understand a word’s meaning you need more than a definition.Lexin.udir.no gives you all of the tools you need to understand what the word means. Seeing the word in a sentence can provide more context and relevance. Moreover, with the “Bildetemat” tool learning the names of the objects is way easier.
-There are Norwegian language exams for those who want to document their Norwegian level. They are held two times in a year, first one is in spring and the other one is in autumn. You can find more information from: www.kompetansenorge.no/norwegian-language-test/. Finding a job in Norway, studying, getting a residence permit–if you have any of those dreams, you will have to prove that your Norwegian is sufficient, i.e. you will have to pass a Norwegian language exam. Please see: www.udi.no.
-Putting aside all these facts aside, it is essential to integrate the target language into your daily life. In order to do that you should get yourself engaged with the language anywhere you go: read the billboards, signs and advertisements etc. The usage of the daily language is mostly simple and consists of short sentences to get attention and that makes it to learn easier.
As a Sarah Caldwell -the founder of the notorious Boston Opera Group- once said; “Learn everything you can, anytime you can, from anyone you can; there will always come a time when you will be grateful you did”. Learning a language requires patience, determination and continuity. We wish you the best luck.