Margaretha Danbolt Simons teaches on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Surrey. At undergraduate level, she has taught translation from English into Norwegian, specialising in medical and literary texts, and interpreting, as well as Scandinavian Studies. She also teaches Norwegian ab initio to students on the MA course in Translation Studies.
At the Adult Learning Centre in Guildford, she has taught Norwegian to both beginners and intermediate level students for 20 years. She has also taught at a number of language schools, as well as setting and marking exams in Norwegian for the Institute of Linguists. Her private students have included a variety of professionals undertaking work in Norway, including members of the British diplomatic service, officers in the armed forces and engineers working alongside native Norwegians in the offshore oil industry.
Her extensive experience of teaching Norwegian at a range of levels is reflected in the book, Teach Yourself Norwegian, (Hodder). The book, now titled Complete Norwegian,is in its 4th edition and was recommended in the Rough Guide to Norway (Penguin). She has also written an audi course, Speak Norwegian with Confidence
Her translation work has included the play Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen for BBC Radio as well as technical reports in a variety of fields.
The author is a native Norwegian who spent the first 20 years of her life in Norway before moving to England. Each year she returns to spend the summer in her home country, enabling her to gather materials for teaching and to keep up to date with Norwegian life and culture.