To fellow Norwegian learners!
I've picked up and put down tons of languages over the years (too many language books to count at this point..), but I think the reason I've never been able to do very well is because I'm only relying on a solo experience. Now that I'm picking up Norwegian for the first time, I really want to be a fluent speaker of it. And I'd love to join a group of other learners if there's any out there where we can actively practice together, whether it's a Skype group or some other platform. :)
I agree, I'm never any great shakes at speaking new languages but writing them is a lot easier. I think it's because I usually learn them on my own and I read/write more than speak/listen in learning a new language. Haha definitely not at the stage personally where I think I could actually talk to someone in Norwegian, but I'm always open to people writing in it instead.
Probably. The grammar is a lot simpler. FUN FACT: Norwegian (Bokmål, Nynorsk) is a semi-constructed language as it was designed by the government but not changed much from Danish or Dano-Norwegian which were its ancestors. Bokmål was designed as the first written language after Danish. (Bokmål = Book-tounge) The country had other dialects such as Trøndersk, Bodøværing, Bergensk, etc but Bokmål was the first official. Later the government made a new dialect named Nynorsk (New-Norwegian) which was made to resemble the dialects but never took off as much. It's still one of the official forms of Norwegian though.
Don't know about any groups for learning, but I can recommend a few songs that are not too hard to follow =)
Kurt Nilsen - Adieu (spoken in bergensk)
Nora Brockstedt - Voi Voi (song from the 1960 Eurovision, oslo-dialect)
Jahn Teigen - God jul og godt nytt år (Christmas song)
Hanne Krogh - God jul (another christmas song)
Finn Kalvik - Aldri i livet
Tor Endresen - Aladdin
Kaizers Orchestra - Resistansen (Bryne-dialect) (AWESOME band!!!)
Lillebjørn Nilsen - (Oslo-dialect, song to symbol unity after 22.july 2011)
Anita Skorgan - Casanova
Kurt Nilsen/Lene Marlin - Engler i Sneen (Bergen/Tromsø-dialect)
Kurt Nilsen - Stjernesludd (originally by Dum Dum Boys)
Edit: put together a spotify list for you guys! =) It contains a mix of everything norwegian (children songs, christmas songs, funny songs, serious songs, rock songs, pop songs, modern/old songs etc.)
I also have to mention that there is a lot of different dialects used. Try hearing the differences =)
There is no such this as "Oslo-Dialect". It's just what people call Bokmål if they don't what it's called.