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Resources for intermediate learners?

I'm not really intermediate. I'm more like a beginner who's overestimating his language skills. But here's some resources I've kinda sorta looked at that lie somewhere between "What is your name?"/"Where do you come from?" and Ibsen.

I'm hoping people can add to the list.

  1. "Her Pa Bergen" tektsbok and arbeidsbok by Elisabeth Ellingsen and Kirsti Mac Donald. Designed for B2 level learners. But, to be honest, I find it a bit easy.

  2. Afenposten / newspaper articles. I think these are more like intermediate than advanced.

  3. "Reading Norwegian" by Einar Haugen. Published in 1940, I think. Nice stories. Maybe a bit outdated, and possibly hard to get hold of a copy.

  4. "Norsk, Nordmenn of Norge 2: Antologi". I've only flicked through it. I think it's a good recommendation for intermediate level. Challenging, vocabulary-wise, and consists of real, albeit perhaps simplified, Norwegian texts.

  5. There is something called the Norsk-Engelsk Lesebook series, published by Nelsbook Publishing in Minnesota, which has two readable texts, "Naiv Super" by Erlend Loe (surprisingly easy to read) and "Jernvognen" by Stein Riverton (challenging), with some English vocabulary down the sides of the pages. It may be difficult to get hold of hardcopy versions of the latter (you have to write to the publisher), but the publisher tells me that both books are now available in downloadable format.

  6. Pimsleur Intermediate Norwegian CDs. So far, I guess I've found them easy in grammar and vocab (written texts might be better for developing these skills), but at least they get you to speak more automatically.

I think the basic idea with this stuff is: you should know the grammar part and have a vocabulary of a few thousand words. At this point, you’d need to expand your vocab to less common words, get more familiarity “in the wild” with the words you already have, learn more colloquial and slang speech, and also learn more about connective and hedge expressions to express yourself more precisely. But you’re not ready for real Norsk or literary Norsk yet. So, instead, you’re looking for simple or simplified — still real Norsk, not tourist or learner Norsk, but in the Goldilocks zone between too easy and too hard.

April 16, 2019



I read three “national” newspapers. Aftenposten, Dagbladet and VG. The first is more “formal” and a bit difficult for even intermediate learnsers. The latter two, less so. They are tabloids, which speaks for themselves. D

April 16, 2019


Not available today, but https://www.bookdepository.com/Short-Stories-Norwegian-for-Beginners-Olly-Richards/9781529302592?ref=grid-view&qid=1555752641137&sr=1-1 in about a year there will be this book with intermediate stories in noregian, even though it stands beginner.

April 20, 2019
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