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.