Has anyone had the chance of trying Norwegian, maybe in Norway, after accomplishing the Duolingo course only? Did you need any more study or practice from other sources?
Hei. I moved to Norway with my boyfriend and used Duolingo to prepare myself. Having just used Duolingo (and practising with my partner) I managed to reach B1 level, meaning when I started my language course here I could skip all the basic levels, ultimately saving me a lot of money. The Norwegian course is pretty amazing.
I think there are a few stories in this forum of people who managed in Norway, and to hold Norwegian conversations in Norway, having learned from mainly Duo.
That doesn’t mean, though, that you should only use Duo. I think most people would recommend that you don’t.
Definitely don’t be afraid of: getting a grammar book; listening to and reading a lot of Norwegian media; writing and talking in Norwegian on Discord and elsewhere. These things will supplement/complement Duo well!
I just went to Norway last month. It helps to read Norwegian on the street signs and ads etc. but listening may be hard. Most Norwegians speak English pretty well anyways. But learning Norwegian before going helps you understand their accent in English.
I think most people would agree that listening is the hardest skill!
Apart from watching subtitled media (like NRK news), something I’m finding useful is Memrise. There are often video examples of different Norwegians saying sentences that you can replay until you get it.
Not free, unfortunately, but I think it’s worth the money.
Keep in mind accents changes quite a bit depending on where you are. The area near Oslo is where people speak closest to norwegian bokmål and is probably where it will be easiest for you to understand. The more you travel vest,north or south west from there, the more accents you will meet which might be tricky to understand if you are learning.
To add to this point: after a few weeks’ exposure to Norwegians chatting on Discord, I can actually read Nynorsk now. Basic Nynorsk anyway. Can’t write it to save my life.
So, that might be a good example of something Duo won’t teach you, but which is potentially handy for getting around Norway... or just for future interactions with the language even outside Norway.
Been living in Norway for some time and am still using DL. Conversations one on one with neighbours and colleagues are becoming longer and more varied. Not a chance of understanding what rumours are going round though. Context is key to understanding what is being discussed.
I've never been to Norway but I'd definitely take a trip down there one day. You should come and join a brand new group I've created on discord (https://discord.gg/bUJrCu) for people who are learning Norwegian. You don't need to be fluent in it, it's just to get help from real people!