10 tips for learning Norwegian quickly
It can be hard to learn a language quickly in a country where most people also speak English and moreover, insists on doing so when speaking with a foreigner.
It can be hard to learn a language quickly in a country where most people also speak English and moreover, insists on doing so when speaking with a foreigner. However it is important to be persistent and use the language you are aiming to learn. So, first rule to learn Norwegian fast, is to use the language no matter what. In the following you find practical tips on how to do just that.
- Put post-it notes directly on things around you in your home or at your office. Touch the objects whenever you see them and make a sentence with the word on the post-it note. Say it out loud: "Jeg spiser ved BORDET", 'Jeg pusser tennene mine med TANNBØRSTEN". (Forget about awkward situations - you're learning!)
- Ask your friends and colleagues to speak with you in Norwegian, or simply start a conversation in Norwegian. Doing that a few times will tell your colleagues that you are eager to practise your language, and most people will help you to do so.
- Memorise a few key phrases, then replace nouns and verbs with new words. This way you’ll get used to the sentence structure.
- When you listen to TV or radio, try to listen for the verbs people use. Which inflection is it? What does it mean in this context?
- Memorise the numbers and pronouns right away. Don’t waste time on learning vocabulary you are not likely to use in the beginning.
- Memorise vocabulary that is related to you, your everyday life and your work situation. The higher the interest level, the more likely you are to remember the word.
- Use simple and fun memory techniques to build new vocabulary quickly. Try the free version of memolanguage.
- Read newspapers in ‘lettnorsk’, ie. easy Norwegian. Check out Klar Tale and Utrop. These newspapers also offer recorded audio and videos in 'lettnorsk'.
- Watch Norwegian films with English subtitles. Not only will you be able to pick up rapid Norwegian speech, but you will also learn something about the Norwegian culture and humour.
- Listen to Norwegian radio while doing other things. Check out NRK's free stations.
The basic lesson is: Try to get the language into your everyday life as much as possible and you’ll be an expert soon!