How to learn Norwegian, and get familiar with our culture.
To the right (or below if you read this at your mobile phone), you find links to great resources which are ready to help you integrate easier. In addition you should try the URL below, which leads to the YouTube channel of “Norwegian Teacher – Karin”. She give free lessons through her videos:
Harstad Adult Education (voksenopplæring) do arrange courses regularly. Yearly 300 to 350 participants get their training through their facilities. The courses are based on demand, and the training starts when the group of people is big enough.
The courses are adapted to the student’s needs. Therefore there is possible to study one evening every week for people in daytime jobs, and more intensified at day time for others.
Vox is the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning and belongs to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Their main goal is to contribute to supporting active citizenship, improving employability and increasing participation in education.
About the Norwegian language
Norwegian (norsk) is a North Germanic language spoken primarily in Norway, where it is the official language. Together with Swedish and Danish, Norwegian forms a continuum of more or less mutually intelligible local and regional variants.
The Scandinavian languages together with the Faroese language and Icelandic language, as well as some extinct languages, constitute the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages). Faroese and Icelandic are hardly mutually intelligible with Norwegian in their spoken form, because continental Scandinavian has diverged from them.
As established by law and governmental policy, there are two official forms of written Norwegian – Bokmål (literally “book tongue”) and Nynorsk (literally “new Norwegian”). The Norwegian Language Council is responsible for regulating the two forms, and recommends the terms “Norwegian Bokmål” and “Norwegian Nynorsk” in English. Two other written forms without official status also exist: Riksmål (“national language”), which is to a large extent the same language as Bokmål, but somewhat closer to the Danish language, is regulated by the Norwegian Academy, which translates it as “Standard Norwegian”. Høgnorsk (“High Norwegian”) is a more purist form of Nynorsk that rejects most of the reforms from the 20th century, but is not widely used.