Beginner's Norwegian

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Hippocrene Books, 2005 - Foreign Language Study - 287 pages
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Tips on how to study Norwegian and the rudiments of pronunciation provide learners with the basic tools for self-instruction. Each of the 13 lessons is designed with the novice language learner in mind, and moves from day-to-day dialogue to a comprehensive breakdown of the grammatical elements contained in the previous dialogue. Important cultural notes give a context to the user, while exercises reinforce newly acquired concepts and terminology at the end of each chapter. The appendix contains a full glossary, commonly heard Norwegian expressions, and a key to the exercises. Includes 2 companion CDs.
 

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I got this book: 'Beginner's Norwegian' as a present in the states.
Then i moved to Norway.
I began to teach myself Norwegian, using this book.
I thought it went well, and I was slowly learning
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I felt I was starting to understand more practical Norwegian for simple daily living: Going to the store, meeting new people, having friends, etc.
Then I decided to push myself and enroll in some Norwegian courses to learn the language.
The books used to teach Norwegian, in Norway are ONLY in Norwegian.
Ny i Norge, På Vei, Min Vei, etc. And in the schools, most teachers only speak Nowegian! (at least my teachers)
This made my life difficult as a student, because when it came to the grammar, I struggled greatly. I could not understand the Norwegian grammar rules, and knew if only someone had explained to me in English first, I could more easily understand and apply the Norwegian grammar.
As I continue my Norwegian classes, I refer to this book to understand what I have just studied in the classroom (currently I use På Vei).
So, this book has been very good for me.
I like:
That the book gives you a vocabulary list to learn for each chapter.
Every story is translated into English, so I can know if I truly understood the text in Norwegian.
The exercises, have answers in the back of the book, so I can see how many answers were right or wrong.
The book has a dictionary in the back in both Norwegian to English and English to Norwegian.
They have a CD I play to hear the proper pronunciation of all the vocabulary words and stories.
Finally, in each chapter, the book will share information to the foreigner, some tricks about the Norwegian language, what to be careful about, or some background information about the Norwegian culture, which is very practical to know.
I only wish they would print a separate workbook to coincide with this book, so I can practice and test myself more.
I rate this book from 1 - 5....... 5 (being the best)
 

Contents

Around Norway 197
3
Cultural Facts about Norway
9
Alphabet and Pronunciation
25
Nice to Meet You
33
Do You Speak Norwegian?
45
Shall We Make Breakfast Together?
59
In the Grocery Store
75
Lines Day
91
Finding the Way
151
Lines Family on a Visit
165
At the Restaurant
183
My Experiences in Norway
215
Grammar Summary
229
Exercise Key
237
Expressions NorwegianEnglish
245
Glossary EnglishNorwegian
267

In the Shopping Mall
107
Renting an Apartment
121
How is the Apartment Furnished?
135
Bibliography
285
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Laura Ziukaite-Hansen received her MA in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and has taught classes in the Norwegian language for many years. She is the author of

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