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Introduction to Norwegian

Start learning Norwegian today. Learn to speak, write and understand basic Norwegian with this free four-week course.

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Introduction to Norwegian

Explore Norwegian culture and start to learn Norwegian

Are you planning a visit to Norway for study, travel or work? Are you interested in Norwegian culture? This Norwegian language course will give you the basic language skills to make new friends and cope with everyday situations. It will also help you discover more about Norwegian society and culture.

You will learn Norwegian grammar and common phrases from the experts at the University of Oslo. You will explore Norwegian daily life from food to cultural norms. And you will even practice your conversations with a Norwegian chatbot!

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 seconds Welcome to the University of Oslo and our course, Introduction to Norwegian. Hi. How nice to meet you here. How are you? Thanks, but not as well as you do. Just fine, thanks. We offer you four exciting weeks of active learning. You already speak Norwegian very well. Thanks, but not as well as you do. You speak totally perfect. Where you will get to know a group of international students. How do we get tickets for the concert? How do we get tickets for the concert? We buy them at the door. Thats no problem. And participate in their everyday life. See you at the University on Monday? Yes, we have to do that. Ill write on Facebook when Ill be there. Great! Bye!

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 seconds And, of course, learn basic Norwegian language. Then we need something red. Paprika is fine. That sounds like a good idea. Is there room for a film crew too? Well make room. A film crew gives us extra status.

Skip to 1 minute and 0 seconds Maybe we should remove the tables and chairs? I’m sure someone would like to dance. I can help you with the tables and chairs.

Skip to 1 minute and 14 seconds We hope to see you soon.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    The first days at the University of Oslo

    • Welcome

      Welcome to the course Introduction to Norwegian

    • Day one - Saying hello and getting to know each other

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day one - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day one - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day one - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

    • Day two - Buying food and meeting friends

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day two - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day two - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day two - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

    • Week 1: Wrap up

      A short wrap up of week 1

  • Week 2

    Socializing: Meals, outdoor activities and a concert

    • Day three - Settling in

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day three - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day three - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

    • Day four - At the concert

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day four - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day four - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day four - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

    • Wrap up: Week 2

      Wrap up: Week 2. Short video wrap up of week 2.

  • Week 3

    A walk in the park

    • Day five - A new bike

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day five - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day five - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day five - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

    • Day six - Going to the park

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day six - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day six - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day six - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the Chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the Chatbot.

    • Wrap up: Week 3

      Demonstratives, possessives & nouns - some juicy bits!

  • Week 4

    The party: Pizza, music and dancing

    • Day seven - Preparing for the party

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day seven - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day seven - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day seven - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

    • Day eight - The party

      Listen to conversations in Norwegian between students at the University of Oslo.

    • Day eight - Grammar

      Grammar lessons based on the content from the dialogue in the videos.

    • Day eight - Phonetics with Harald

      How to pronounce the Norwegian sounds.

    • Day eight - Listen and learn

      Listen to Norwegian read out loud and solve a small task.

    • Close up with the chatbot

      Engage in a conversation with the chatbot.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Engage in basic conversations about study situations, work, holidays and leisure
  • Describe everyday activities like buying food, going to concerts, meeting friends, going to the gym and using public transport
  • Apply basic rules of Norwegian grammar and pronunciation covered in the course

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in learning Norwegian. You don’t need any previous experience. However you need to enable the Norwegian characters Æ, Ø and Å on your computer, tablet or mobile phone.

Who will you learn with?

I am a lecturer of Norwegian language and literature for international students at The University of Oslo. To me, language and literature are keys to understanding ourselves and the world we live in.

Teaching Norwegian is fun! As a lecturer of Norwegian for international students at UiO, I really enjoy helping my students discover their passion for both the Norwegian language and culture.

Roger has taught Norwegian for international students at the University of Oslo since 1987 and is a knowledgeable and experienced teacher with ambitious ideas for the subject and this MOOC!

Who developed the course?

University of Oslo

Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo (UiO) is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway.

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