I was looking for anything in Norwegian that would help me: TV shows, books, music etc.
1) Does anyone know some good TV shows I could watch in Norwegian? I was looking for some comedies or documentaries. Also, they should be viewable for someone who lives outside of Norway. Some Norwegian shows can only be viewed in Norway:( Are there any good ones from NRK?
2) Does anyone know some books in Norwegian? I would like to find ones written in Norway. I don't really want things like the Norwegian version of Harry Potter or anything that has been translated into Norwegian. Just authentic Norwegian stories:)
3) Are there any good podcasts or music I can listen to? I like most types of music. Can you get them on Itunes?
4) Are there any good games or apps I can get on the Appstore (IOS)? I wanted to find some which supported the Norwegian language.
5) Do you know any Norwegian educational media? Any format will do, but I would prefer a book with an audio course or something similar.
Tusen Takk, Your kindness will be rewarded with a lingot:)
My favorite Norwegian show is i Kveld med Ylvis (a comedy/talk show, like a mix of Jimmy Fallon and Ellen DeGeneres), you can find many bits and pieces of their shows scattered on YouTube, but these websites have links to full episodes on YouTube with English subtitles:
Note: This show is really funny, and the Ylvis brothers are quite talented, but they do swear a bit in English, and I think there are a couple videos with nudity (I guess Norway isn't that strict about that sort of thing), but as long as you read the title/description of what you are watching, you should be able to avoid it easily.
And I feel that it wouldn't be fair if I told you about Ylvis and didn't link my favorite videos:
- Setting up a tent in a moving room: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hF4QShDjP7I
- Elevator Prank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JofRc_qQCAs
- Radio Taxi Prank (PG14 for language): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UWb5ps7wkw
PS Click the "cc" in the bottom right for subtitles.
I found I Kveld med Ylvis just a week a go on Youtube. I love the pranks they do! I love the elevator prank too:) Thanks for letting me know about it as I still haven't watched much of it.
I listen to podcasts at work everyday - some favorites being: språkteigen, filmpolitiet, o-fag, radioresepsjonen, ekko & dustene. if you listen on an iphone/ipod you can slow down the audio a bit which is helpful especially in the beginning. I'm a bit obsessed with listening comprehension and by using podcasts I've found that my skills have improved immensely since I started learning a year ago :D
Oh and the NRK radio app is great too - I listen to alltid nyheter in the car every morning :D
You can find the podcasts for o-fag and radioresepsjonen on this site http://www.eikern.net/
In addition if you want English subtitles for o-fag you can find them on Youtube on these two channels:
S01E09-E19 and the entire S02 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEtRdSotBzLA7wWqPB4ZmRA/videos
If you want Norwegian subtitles for o-fag you can find them on this channel: S01E01-04 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3DeV9o_6EOlVzD6kGzGpzA/videos
I think I need to obsess over listening comprehension, too. I already have trouble with Duolingo's Norwegian TTS.
A great documentary, which is only available in Norwegian is "Hjernevask" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVaTc15plVs
It's a documentary by a Norwegian comedian, dealing with many common scientific misbeliefs, especially concerning the Nature vs Nurture debate.
I don't know, whether the terms used there are suitable for a beginner or not. However, it's my goal to be able to watch this completely without subtitles. :-)
Edit: I just want to add, that this show really changed my way of looking at "known facts" in popular/ideological topics. I like the way in which Eia approaches those topics quite unbiased. I think this show is a must-watch even for people who are not interested in learning Norwegian.
Klar Tale is an "easy to read" online newspaper and podcast:
The Norwegian comedy series Dag is also fantastic and can be viewed anywhere via:
It is free to view but you have to set up a login account
These are the NRK shows that are available to view from abroad: https://tv.nrk.no/programmer/utland
Here are some Norwegian authors you might want to check out: Jostein Gaarder, Jens Bjørneboe (one of my favourites), Karl Ove Knausgaard, Tor Åge Bringsværd
You could try the app Wordfeud, which is a Scrabble clone with support for both Norwegian, English and other languages.
And I politely decline your lingot offer, I have more than plenty already :)
Can you recommend specific novels? I don't care so much about difficulty of the language used, as for the "interestingness" to modern people.
A problem I had with Spanish books is that I tend to pick ones which are very boring to a slow reader...
By Jostein Gaarder there's the internationally popular Sofies verden, and an interesting little book called Kabalmysteriet.
I'm reading Sofies Verden (in norwegian) right now.
It's a fun Intro to Philosophy 101 type book.
The norwegian vocabulary is advanced in comparison to Duolingo or Erlend Loe's novels.
I'm frequently using Google Translate to learn the exact definition of a word, even though I'm able to guess a rough meaning via connotation and context. I'm unsure if the book is a bit advanced for me at the moment in regards to vocabulary, since I'm using Google Translate so often, but the content is fun.
Yeah, "Sofies verden" may be a bit too advanced (it's been years since I read it). I think "Kabalmysteriet" would be easier for a beginner.
Do you organize your reading in any way? I recently started reading a Portuguese book ("As três vidas" by João Tordo). I find it useful to keep a pencil ready as I'm reading, and I underline words and phrases I need to look up. When I've underlined about 20 words, I stop reading and enter the words into a small notebook along with their translation.
The notebook is useful for reviewing the new words, which I usually do before I start reading. For now, as I'm just starting out, the 20 word quota gets filled rather quickly: I get through maybe 1-2 pages. So I usually start out by rereading what I read in the day(s) before. This provides even more useful review.
I should say that I tried something like this before, a few months back, with a different book but I quickly lost interest and stopped. I think it's important that the book that you're reading appeals to you in more ways than it being written in your target language. That is to say, it should be a book that you would have read if it was written in your native tounge.
I'm currently at page 96/484 in Sofies Verden due to how enjoyable it's to read. It has given me a new perspective on Legos.
I'll have to incorporate your tactic mentioned above. I haven't been using any method to learn new words other than memorization. It works out all right, although recalling the meaning of common words like: hensikt and hensyn among other words always makes me pause— indicating it isn't the best method.
Thanks for the recommendation on Kabalmysteriet.
On that note, I cannot resist the urge to recommend one of my all-time favourite books, which is Spanish, "Clara y la penumbra" by José Carlos Somoza. It's about art and objectification, to the point that the "gritty crime" element (which is itself notable) takes a back seat. While on the surface it's a story about murder, principally it asks two important things, not new questions, but with several beautiful new slants. The questions are: 1) What is art? 2) What is personhood?
En los circuitos internacionales del arte está en auge la llamada pintura hiperdramática, que consiste en la utilización de modelos humanos como lienzos. El asesinato de Annek, una chica de catorce años que trabajaba como cuadro en la obra "Desfloración", en Viena, pone en guardia a la policía y al Ministerio de Interior autriaco, que son presionados por la poderosa Fundación van Tysch para que no hagan público el crimen, ya que la noticia desencadenaría el pánico entre sus modelos y la desconfianza entre los compradores de pintura hiperdramática. Y mientras tanto, Clara Reyes, que trabaja como lienzo en una galería de Madrid, recibe la visita de dos hombres extranjeros que le proponen participar en una obra de carácter "duro y arriesgado"; el reto empieza en el mismo momento de la oferta, ya que la modelo debe ser esculpida también psicológicamente. De esta forma, Clara entra en una espiral de miedo y fascinación, que envuelve también al lector y lo enfrenta a un debate crucial sobre el valor del arte y el de la propia vida humana.
You mentioned (or rather, implied) that you are a slow reader; the book is quite large, but very engaging, captures the attention literally from the first line to the last.
Thank you. I'm personally not so much into art and philosophy, but it's nice of you to recommend it!
Kurt Blir Grusom by Erlend Loe is a very easy and quick read. Naiv. Super. is a better novel than Kurt Blir Grusom.
Kurt blir grusom is a young adult/children's book, so there's a bit of a difference :)
In books... I found Busemannen by Knut Nærum very readable (it's a parody of the more traditional "Nordic Noir" genre, of which I'm a fan), and probably other things by him are too. From the blurb, so you can see the kind of language and also the general silly humour:
"Det er november i Oslo, verdens farligste by. Krimforfatteren Nelly Lundin blir funnet død, drept med en Fjordland-middag. En seriemorder har slått til, og ingen vet om det vil gjenta seg. Mye tyder på at den nye Kripos-sjefen verken kan eller vil finne Busemannen. Bare én mann er i stand til å ordne opp. Riktignok er han alkoholiker, kranglete og en konstant fare for seg selv og omgivelsene. Dessuten er han død. Men han er den beste politiet har. Hans navn er Willy Wakum.
In a very different gendre indeed, I'm also really enjoying reading Knut Hamsun's works (to be a Norwegian author, you first must be called "Knut", if you didn't opt for the usual "Henrik"), but it's possible you won't like those for your Norwegian studies as they're pretty old, which means the writing is not very modern (nearer modern Danish than modern Bokmål). But beautiful works, anyway.
In the category of Norwegian authors who got away without being called Knut or Henrik, I've tried reading some Herbjørg Wassmo, and while very good, the going is very slow, as while she writes in much more modern Norwegian, she also uses a lot of dialect words the meanings of which I haven't always found immediately obvious.
As for music, how about a bit of kitsch rock?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q33jAFsst78 (Forelska I Lærer'n)
Ok, and while finding that video link for you, I came across this, which I now must share because it's brilliant, or at least I think it is at this time of night:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7dplVEjHhA (you need to be familiar with the above song first)
I relly liked "Markens Grøde" by Knut Hamsun. I read it in English but I plan to read it again in Norwegian when my level gets higher.
If you are looking for a comedy, you must see Dag. Three seasons, episodes around 20 minutes, dark humor and the actors are great. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1711386/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 Other one is from Neflix - Lilyhammer. It's in English and Norwegian. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1958961/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 I recently watched the historical drama about WW2 - Kampen om tungtvannet. They speak Norwegian, German and English and it was a problem for me to find good subtitles. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3280150/?ref_=fn_al_tt_4 Also, Max Manus is must see! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1029235/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
Unfortunately, I must inform you that I provided myself with this heaven via torrent. I don't know if it's possible for you but at least now you know what to look for. :)
Here's a link to an old book of folktales:
learnnorwegiannaturally.com offers various things. Including audio recordings of newspaper articles read by natives, and some youtube videos.
A youtube channel called Norwegian Teacher - Karin has useful videos, usually about vocab and grammar, as well. https://www.youtube.com/user/Crienexzy
HildeChristina is a Norwegian YouTuber who lives in California. I've lost count of how many times I've watched her "Ting som irriterer meg" videos. She mostly uploads videos of herself ranting as well as some beauty related videos. She comes from Oslo, so she speaks an Østlands dialect. :) https://www.youtube.com/user/HildeChristina/videos
I watch Norwegian TV on the NRK tv app on iOS. For some of the content you do need a VPN to spoof your IP address as they limit what is accessible outside of Norway, but there is some great content available without a VPN. I'm currently watching Side om side, a comedy similar to Modern Family except with neighbours instead of families. Its hilarious!