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Norwegian 10 Mins A Day (10 minutes a day) [Paperback]

Kristine K. Kershul , Nancy J. Stone-Nilson
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Import; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Sep 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0944502385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0944502389
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 21.1 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,851,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This easy-to-use learning system helps the business traveller or holiday maker develop a basic conversational ability in Norwegian while making learning fun. It includes word games, crosswords puzzles, flashcards, sticky-back labels and a clip-and-carry menu guide. Special lessons teach the value of currency, the meanings of road signs and more.

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
The "10 minutes a day" series are fantastic guides for beginners looking to learn a new language, as they have plenty of illustrations, pronunciation guides and quizes to help you revise at the end of each section. I have found more conventional Norwegian language guides quite difficult to follow, but this book has helped me with my pronunciation by breaking down grammer and vocabulary into short lessons. I would recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in learning Norwegian as the best beginner's guide on the market.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump-Start Your Learning 22 Sep 2001
By Jon M. Nelson - Published on
I can't say enough good things about this book. There's so much useful information, including common words and how to pronounce them. Best of all, it's presented in an entertaining, fun way that makes you want to use it. In addition to reading, you have to write the words and phrases, which as anyone knows from school is the key to remembering what you've learned. I particularly like the stickers for rooms and items around your house. Every time you look at the item or room you see the sticker and this helps to reinforce the Norwegian words. Before long you're counting to yourself or looking at things and mentally saying the Norwegian word. Finally, there are cut-out flash cards and a laminated pocket guide to take with you so that you can work at learning Norwegian wherever you are. I wish there were intermediate and advanced versions of the book. This truly does make learning fun. I highly recommend it.
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great! 6 Mar 2001
By B. Juul - Published on
I teach English to immigrants and international students in the U.S., so I'm very familiar with techniques for teaching and learning languages. If you are not planning on actually taking a class, I would say that this book is excellent. It provides tips on pronunciation based on American English. (Most other books don't have the pronunciation tips, but you have to spend extra money on a cassette or CD.) The person who complained about the book missed one important factor. This book provides language than gradually integrates it into the "directions." Most book give directions in English only, this one substitutes those words that you've learned already in Norwegian! It also does what is called "Scaffolding" - they introduce an idea or word in one place, then re-introduce it later. This book is also very colorful and offers flash cards, sticky-labels and more! Personally, I recommend the English as a Second Language version of this book to my beginning level students- because if you really are interested in learning the language, this is a very inexpensive and effective tool. The down side to this book is that some of the sticky-labels don't make any sense. For instance, where are you supposed to stick "Good morning???" Others, like "Kitchen" or "glass" are better. I would recommend doing this book first and then moving on to "Teach Yourself Norwegian" - or use both at the same time, because they reinforce each other.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good help in expanding your vocabulary 24 May 2000
By A Customer - Published on
I see another review on this book and I believe that author missed the point of this book. The objective of this book is not to have you write a sentence in English then translate to Norwegian, nor be a comprehensive source for learning Norwegain, but expand your vocabulary used in learning the language.
The book has several mutually supportive exercises in expanding vocabulary and proper word usage. There are sentences with fill-in-the-blank missing words. There are little stickers to help you memorize the names of common household items. There are also exercises that help with gender, numbers, and common expressions.
This book is definately not going to teach you Norwegian except when used with other resources, but this is a great addition to the other tools that one uses to learn Norwegian.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, fun way to learn, BUT... 25 Aug 2005
By 808pk - Published on
Having been raised in Norway, I can say that a non-native speaker or someone without previous exposure to the language will probably have difficulty with pronunciation. The book tries to sound it out for English speakers, but that only serves to make you sound like a foreigner :) Nonetheless, it's a good, fun way to learn the grammar, vocabulary, and begin to put together some of the sounds. The variety of "games" and exercises help keep your attention while you learn.

A good intermediate step as a refresher, most definitely.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and very approachable 25 Jan 2005
By Rune Ulvson - Published on
This book may not be the ultimate resource for learning Norwegian (it has no audio recordings to help master pronunciation), but it is an inexpensive and very helpful way to get started with the basics of vocabulary and grammar. It is like a child's workbook, with illustrations, games, exercises and lots of helpful guidance to make everything perfectly clear. I would say it is an essential starting point for anyone who has never studied a foreign language, and a great help to experienced linguists who are taking on Norwegian self-study. Match it with Einar Haugen's Norwegian English Dictionary, Pimsler's audio program to master pronunciation, and Norwegian: An Essential Grammar, and you'll be building a firm foundation for later intermediate study.
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