Studying in Norway realistic?
I really love Norway a whole lot and thus my goal would be to eventually move there. Now I have a possible opportunity to go finish my bachelor's degree there in autumn 2019. I've already been using a lot of my personal time over the past year and a half to casually improve my Norwegian. However with that whole study being thaught in Norwegian and me having the pass a language test before April I would have to intensively study every day as to master Norwegian as fast as possible. Do you think it's realistic if I use duolingo for hours every day in combination with a theoretical book to teach myself the language in that short of a timespan?
No. You need to immerse your self in the language. Don't get me wrong, it is doable, but you need to do much more than just duolingo and theoretical book.
Find songs, series, movies, podcasts in Norwegian and listen to them, it helps if you're interested in subject. Ideally the subject of listening things would be connected to your study field. And listen actively, repeat what they say, write things down. You're cleaning the house? Perfect for listening and repeating loud Norwegian. Cooking? Put some music one.
Read - whatever you can. Learn grammar, use duolingo and other sites. Try to find chat buddies (there are some sites for this, but can't remember which ones). Change language on Facebook and other thing in Norwegian. Live and breathe Norwegian. You can do it!
Thanks a lot for the great advice! I'll throw myself on it to work hard and immerse myself using your tips! I'll be sure to give it my all in order to make that goal a reality.
It takes a lot of work and dedication, but if you really want it you can do it. I have faith in you :D
Jeg tror at det er flere private kurs i Nederland (også online med skype osv.) som garanterer et nivå B1 (med sertifikat) på kort tid og er ikke veldig dyrt.
Jeg bor på Belgia men jeg tror vi ha det ogsa. Tusen takk for informasjonen!
I'd say no. I've been learning Norwegian on duolingo since last November, and am now level 25. I had 10 three-hour long lessons in London (one to one) and I did the free online Futurelearn course. I moved to Norway at the beginning of August to start a new job and have just started evening classes in Norwegian at the adult education centre. I took their test and placed at mid between A1 and A2. While I speak French almost fluently (being half French) and spoke some German before, I freely admit that I am not gifted in languages and it has taken a lot of hard work just to get to roughly A2!
Perhaps you have a knack for languages, some people do, but in your shoes I'd seriously consider doing an intensive summer school course in Norway. Maybe something like this? https://www.uio.no/english/studies/summerschool/courses/norwegian-courses.html
Maybe I'll see you there!
Those summer classes sound perfect to really get into the language more! Thanks a lot for the tip, I'll have a look into those
I'm convinced you can do it! Good advice has been given already, but writing emails to friends and reading some comics was the way to go for me in the very beginning of my studies. This helped me a lot with other languages, too. Try to find a native-speaker who'd like to learn your language and meet up via Skype or anything else that works for you. If you're a beginner, then even a few minutes of talking basic stuff works wonders and gives you some confidence in using Norwegian. A Norwegian tv series called SKAM is very popular and "relatively easy" to understand, on youtube you'll find episodes with English subtitles, so check it out if haven't done so yet! Good luck!
Thanks! Just started watching the first episode of SKAM. I was honestly looking for Norwegian spoken series and music too. I've also signed up to hellotalk. Found out that's a free application which links you with people wanting to learn your language and are native speakers of the language you want to learn. Thanks for the tips!
Cool! You might check out this site as well: http://lang-8.com/ You write in the language you'd like to learn and correct others in your mother tongue. italki is also a way to go if you need some tutoring. The prices for professionals can be pretty high, but maybe you pick an available and affordable community tutor, for example a few weeks before your final exam.
I figure I might go to the summerschool thing in Oslo next summer. That's 1 month and a few weeks lessons about the culture, langauge etc followed by the exams. I feel like that might be the beset way to really put the cherry on the cake. I'll be sure to check out that site as well
I totally agree with Snezana, her advice is great! I would also like to recommend a YouTube channel that helped me a lot when I started learning Norwegian: Norsklaerer Karense (sorry, can't type the proper norsk "ae" on this computer). She has over 300 videos that aim at helping people who want to get more immersion. I still watch her videos from time to time, although I'm now fluent in Norwegian. And I can really recommend listening to Norwegian radio stations every day, even if it's only for 15 minutes.And turn the subtitles on when you watch TV (for example on nrk.no), so you learn how to connect the correct pronounciation with the written word. If you already speak English and Dutch then Norwegian will not be that difficult to learn. You can totally do this! Lykke til!!!
Tusen takk! The radio tip is amazing and I'll check out that Youtube channel too! I'm so amazed about how supportive this community is and all the amazing tips everyone has given me.
yeah as long as you manage your time wisely...i hope i get the same chance as you...most of my mom's family lives there and it would be a great experience...best of luck to you!