studying abroad in Norway
Hi I'm studying abroad in Norway next year and I'm trying to learn Norwegian fast so if anyone would like to help me or give me a few tips on learning it that would be fantastic. Also and thing I should know about the culture and/or to visit it while I'm there, I'll be there for a whole year by the way
Thank you so much
First of all, wow, jealous. Will you be studying at school/university there, or just focusing on language learning? I'm hoping to study in Norway this summer but I haven't found any good programs yet....
Anyways, some tips:
Duolingo will give you a pretty good start as far as vocabulary and grammar, so if you finish your tree (and remember and practice everything you've learned) before next year, you should be able to hold basic conversations without any trouble.
Don't worry too much about keeping your tree gold. Although you should definitely go back and practice skills that have un... golded (?), you will sometimes find (and like me, be frustrated by) skills that seem to un-gold no matter how much you practice them.
Sometimes, instead of strengthening skills on Duolingo, I do lessons on this Memrise course. The lessons correspond to skills on the Duolingo "tree", but instead of having to type out whole sentences you just practice the actual words that are taught in the lesson. This is good to do when you: a) are tired and don't feel like strengthening on Duo, b) feel like you need to practice that one word over and over again because you just keep forgetting it, or c) you have just learned a new skill on Duo and want to keep the words fresh.
Read every Norwegian sentence out loud to yourself when you practice on Duolingo (or anywhere). It will really help you get a feel for pronunciation!
Listen to Norwegian music and watch Norwegian TV. I've compiled a list of links to music, TV, and other resources here.
Get a good grammar book. You can certainly learn Norwegian without one, but when you just need a quick grammar question answered or you come across a strangely worded sentence, it's great to have around. I recommend Norwegian: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars) by Åse-Berit Strandskogen, which you can find on Amazon.com. I have also linked a few grammar books on that list of resources I mentioned earlier.
Don't be overwhelmed! I know I wrote a lot, but you won't need all that information at once. Just start out with Duolingo and then ease your way into other resources one at a time. Plus, as someone else mentioned, Norwegian is a fairly easy language (no verb conjugations!!), and I think you'll quite enjoy learning it.
Lykke til! ･ᴗ･
Tons of norwegian music =) =) =)
Once you get there, force yourself to speak Norwegian as soon as you feel able. Even tho you know you could probably get away with English. Even if it's just the first couple of little sentences of the conversation, before you run out of vocab and have to switch. Keep forcing yourself. Definitely learn how to say "Can you say that a bit slower please?" and use it. Norwegian is not a hard language and you will pick it up well in-country if you're a little bit brave!! :)
http://www.nyb.no/ <--- start using this site.
Norwegian: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLyQxhJS-92vlSnSTNocv9Og3RtVaDEmjF <--- a playlist of Disney songs in Norwegian
Complete the Norwegian tree on Duolingo
Norwegianclass101 on YouTube. Great resource!
Find native speakers on Italki and related chat sites.
put in an hour a day. Listen well, scandinavian languages are very... fast spoken and the words are not necessarily spoken differently from their spelling, but they are spoken with not much emphasis, if that makes any sense. Other than that, it is very english like, one of the easiest languages for an english speaker to learn.
As someone who is currently studying as an exchange student in Italy I think I know all to well how you feel. I personally recommend learning this duo lingo course. Try to retain as much as you can of the basics at least and as you work down the tree always regolden the skills (basically when a skill looses its gold colour do it again to gain it back and remember it for longer). I personally recommend at least learning a little bit about the culture and popular greetings and such. It was a real big surprise to me when I arrived here and people would kiss me on both cheeks when saying hello or goodbye. Also look up food because some of the Italian foods I've eaten I had never expected do you will probably have the same confused look when you're handed some strange Norwegian dish. Lastly I would recommend that you learn essential verbs and how to conjugate them. It is very important to understand this because this is the base of any language and I'm so glad that I learnt them before my departure 2 months ago. I hope your year goes well and make sure to speak Norwegian as much as possible so that you don't do what I have done and become dependant on English (not anymore but I was for the first month or so which is bad for 3 month exchange). If you are living with a host family, would recommend that you also learn the names of household items and things such as "close/open the door" because they've come in handy for me. Good luck and have fun for your abroad studies. If you have any questions feel free to ask them.
-Talk in Norwegian, everywhere possible. it's going to be hard and tiring, but it will work. I cried every night when I was in France, and now I speak fluent french. - Flashcards are your best friend. I prefer making flashcards out of scraps of paper, but if you're more like a tech person, studyblue is a really awesome app/website where you can create your own digital flashcards. -try to immerse yourself in the culture. Listen to their music, watch their tv shows and movies, read their books, eat the food. This is fun and educational. -find someone who speaks Norwegian. Have fun in Norway!