Studying the Language

I feel that it is very necessary to learn Norwegian- not just for getting a good job, but to fully embrace my new country’s culture.

Luckily, I have had three years of Spanish in high school and one year of French in college. I know a thing or two about how to learn a language. Being very strong in the art of the English language helps as well. Things I used to just loathe learning and having to do in school suddenly is quite important.


I recall reading articles in Spanish and having to translate every word. Then we had to look up the words we didn’t know in a Spanish-English dictionary.  We would then read the articles in Spanish during class, even if we fumbled through most of the words. It was really hard to do and time consuming. I do that now with Nemi comics in Norwegian. I fumble through the words and learn what they mean from my husband. It’s a good way to get used to the language in your mouth and pick up words.

I also use the duolingo app on my phone. It gradually increases in difficulty and helps you retain words you’ve learned. Duolingo is great to use when I have some down time and keeps me learning.

Norway does have language classes. They technically have two languages in Norway- Bokmål and Nynorsk. Wether I learn one or the other is the question. Right now I’m learning a mix of the two. The area we will be living in has both languages.

It feels so foreign when I try to speak Norwegian! I get a lot of sounds wrong right now. Some grammar rules are strange too. With the help of my family and especially hubby I will get a grasp on it.


7 thoughts on “Studying the Language

  1. So, I know someone who moved to Israel (well, I know a ton of people, and usually they go through an intense Hebrew school, but this particular person didn’t have that option). She didn’t speak a lick of Hebrew when she got there, nor did she know a single letter of the alephbet. So her husband told her to sit and watch Israel’s Sesame Street, and that’s how she learned to speak fluent Hebrew. Or at least that’s what she says really pushed her into being able to communicate until she eventually picked up fluency. My son watches those, and his Hebrew is going to surpass mine so quickly (it’s different with kids, I know. But still!).

    I know that sounds totally lame (I mean, it’s saying to essentially sit and watch kid shows)…but I’d imagine that would be really helpful as well!


  2. Good luck! You have to be fully committed but it’s definitely worth it. I know someone who moved to Norway and lived there for 8 years – he learnt Norwegian fluently enough that he still speaks it at home in Australia with his Norwegian wife.

    Interesting about the two languages being spoken there – I always thought it was like Finnish where you have a written language and a spoken language which are different, but you don’t really speak in the written language (exceptions are newsreaders, kids’ TV and official communications). Are the two languages very different?


    1. The two languages seem to have differences with some words being very different or one letter different. I was warned that if we move to Alesund, I will need to learn Nynorsk even though Bokmal is more of the standard language to read and write if I am not mistaken.


      1. People speak Bokmal I believe more in the south. . . . . they speak it in Oslo. Where I will likely be moving to is in the central-western coast so they have a blend of both when they speak. My husband actually corrected me. Nynorsk, even “hard-core style” can be written in books too. So, there is no one particular language that is written in Norway. I was mistaken. I now wonder how Sweden, Iceland and Denmark speak and write.. . . . Maybe they are like Finland in that way. 😀


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