Languages, Life & Work

Norwegian Resources for Children and Adults

Norwegian is an excellent language for children because it is relatively easy to learn. There are several children’s books available in Norwegian. Two fun stories are Det røde eplet and Engstelige Eddie får en venn.

Kan jeg …?  is not for the faint of heart. Readers follow the story of a curious (and not very bright) little girl, who in trying to find out what she can and can’t do, loses limbs, drills a hole in her head, and goes swimming with piranhas. Some find the book funny in a wincing sort of way. My seven year-old does not like it, but some adults seem to find it silly. It is best seen perhaps as a cautionary tale that makes odd adults giggle. These were gifts, so I can not speak to the shipping costs.

Vangsgutane is a bilingual book available in the U.S. without overseas shipping. The Boys of Vangen, as it is called in English, is a 1940s children’s series.

EuroTalk offers two inexpensive game-style programs that are, if nothing else, not a bad way for kids to spend time on the computer. They are not necessarily designed for children, but they are child friendly.

Teach Yourself Norwegian is the first tool I used to familiarize myself with Norwegian. It is surprisingly thorough and effective for so inexpensive and user friendly a set.

Janus’ Norwegian Verbs and Essentials of Grammar and Haugen’s Dictionary are excellent.

Sett i gang is the wonderful textbook series used at the University of North Dakota. It is very user friendly, and there are online exercises for testing one’s progress! My cousin, Ottar Dahl, happens to be one of the contributors, so I may be a little biased.

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