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Teach Yourself Complete Norwegian (TY Complete Courses) [Including double CD] [Audio CD]

Margaretha Danbolt-Simons
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Book Description

29 Oct 2010 1444107208 978-1444107203

Is this the right course for me?

Are you looking for a complete course in Norwegian which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Norwegian will guarantee success!

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:

Not got much time?

One and five-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.

Author insights

Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.

Grammar tips

Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.

Useful vocabulary

Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.


Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.


Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.

Test yourself

Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.

Extend your knowledge

Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Norway.

Try this

Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

The course is available as a book (9781444107197), as a pack comprising the book and double CD (9781444107203) and as a double CD (9781444107210).

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (29 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444107208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444107203
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

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.

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Book Description

The complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Norwegian. This best-selling course comprises a book and audio support which is easy to download to your MP3 player or iPod. The book (ISBN: 9781444107197) and the audio support (ISBN: 9781444107210) are also sold individually.

About the Author

Margaretha Danbolt Simons is Norwegian, but has lived in England for many years. She has been teaching at the University of Surrey for the last ten years. Her course, Norwegian ab initio, which is part of the MA/Diploma in Translation Studies, attracts 15-20 students per year. She uses her own book 'Teach yourself Norwegian' as her textbook and main teaching aid. Other subjects she teaches at the University of Surrey are Medical and Literary translation, English into Norwegian, and an introductory course of Interpreting.

She runs two Norwegian classes at the Guildford Adult Education Centre, one for beginners and one intermediate, and also teaches on a one-to-one basis. Students include diplomats and businesspeople.

Recent translation work includes Ibsen's 'Ghosts' for BBC Radio.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Norwegian book! 5 Dec 2010
If you are completely new to the Norwegian language and are quite serious about learning it, this book is ideal. The course begins with the Norwegian alphabet, which is the same as the English alphabet, with an extra 3 letters. Pronunciation of each letter is explained in regards to how they would be pronounced in English (e.g. "oo" and "ah"). This section also explains the different tones used in Norwegian.

The main bulk of the course is set out in units; each unit has a specific central theme. In each unit there are sets of dialogue, usually between two people: Sue and Arne. These dialogues are useful for learning how to construct sentences and how certain grammatical rules are applied. There is also a vocabulary list after each dialogue. Throughout each unit, there are sections that go through the grammar and explain the linguistic rules. There are also "test yourself" sections scattered throughout the book, with the answers to the questions printed at the back ok the book.

This book is very detailed and is certainly a good place to start learning Norwegian. However, I cannot recommend the audio support CDs enough. They are almost essential if you want to learn correct pronunciation. The CDs do not come with the book, you have to buy them separately, which isn't a big problem seeing as they are less than 10!

Fantastic book; definitely recommended!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 23 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant introduction to the language! All you need to know for the basics - travelling to Norway, sightseeing, using the telephone, writing letters, using the telephone, Christmas, Easter, getting a job, etc. Highly accessible and highly recommended.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't play audio on kindle....... 18 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition with Audio/Video|Verified Purchase
This book is great, I had the paper/cd version and was thrilled to see a kindle version released so that I didn't have to carry round the book all the time. I was disappointed however to find it didn't work on my kindle stating that the audio was not supported on my device. How can you sell a audio book for kindle which doesn't work on the kindle!

It was working well on my iphone/itouch however until the latest kindle app came out today (18th March 2012). Now it also says that the audio content is not supported on my device (itouch - haven't tried the phone yet). I'm really disapointed with that but hopefully it can be fixed since it was working.

If you can get the audio to work on you device/application then this is good!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Present for my snowboarding daughter 14 Aug 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for daughter who had booked a snowboarding holiday to Norway. She says it is really excellent. After just a few lessons she felt confident in her accent and vocab. And when she went to Norway a few months later she said it was much appreciated by all that she had made the effort to learn a 'minority' language. When asking for a piece of chocolate cake and a cup of coffee in faultless Norwegian she was given it free! Sometimes it pays to learn a language that not many people speak...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a lovely book... 2 Nov 2011
For those who are beginners especially, it goes through all the pronuciation and things you need to know at the start before you start to really get into the language. The book is quite entertaining, following the adventures of Sue and Arne, but the fun aside, you get to learn lots of stuff! Not only about how to speak/write/read Norwegian, but also about Norway and Norwegian culture, which is quite handy when going to Norway.

There are many 'test yourselves', exercises and 'this is how we say it's to make sure you understand what was said in the unit. There is no 'must study' feeling when I pick up this book, it's a pleasant read and it is set out very nicely. It also includes a small Norwegian-English/English-Norwegian dictionary section at the back which is very useful when you forget what this and that word means from earlier units. I highly recommend this book to those who want to take up Norwegian, but maybe don't have the time!

All the references you'll need are at the back, there are definitions of parts of speech in case you're new to learning different languages and also references to different ways in which you can learn more Norwegian if you're feeling very adventurous!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Efficient learning tool 3 Jun 2011
By estf
Format:Audio CD
The book and CD are both very clear and, in particular, introduce you to new words and language rules within conversational contexts - much the best way of learning a language. The course also focuses on vocabulary that is most useful in real life, the 'story' used to create the conversational contexts being so relevant to when you come to live in Oslo for the first time. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Norwegian course 12 May 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This course is brilliant. It takes you through each step (language/grammar) thoroughly making sure you know each section before moving onto the next. The audio CD's are vital in order to hear native norwegians speak and for me you need to purchase both the book and audio combo to get the best from your studies. (they can be sold separately with different codes so be careful to choose the code that covers both the book/audio) As Norwegian is not widely spoken in the world it's great that this course is so comprehensive and I like the fact that it tells you by completing the course your fluency is measured by the Common European Framework Level 4 which gives me the confidence that I can successfully speak to a native Norwegian with a high degree of fluency and be understood once I compelete the course. I highly recommmended this updated course. Oh I forgot, you get online help too. 5 out of 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must be a good book, but
This is and must be a good book, but can give only 2 stars: main reason for buying it is, that it is supposed to deliver audio and text as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Imrich IVAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as hoped
I bought this for my daughter (lives in Norway) based on the reviews it had. My daughter felt the audio support unhelpful if you know nothing about the language in the first place. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be the only suitable Norwegian audio and book set available...
Quick and easy learning companion. Recommendable if you are looking for a beginners course or as an intermediate additional course.
Published 8 months ago by DJ Dowd
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and concise
It is clear and logical to follow and was inexpensive compared to other language courses. I will be testing out the results over Christmas in Norway.
Published 8 months ago by Susan Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn Norwegian in English
I live in Norway and tried to learn the language from many different Norwegian books but have to admit that there has been some mess in my mind about the grammar. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Edit Bihari
5.0 out of 5 stars very good purchase
It's a great tool to learn norwegian by yourself, the audio helps to understand the pronunciation and it also gives you some good vocabulary.
Published 10 months ago by Rach n' Roll
5.0 out of 5 stars Well laid out
This is a good product, although it isn't much use unless you also buy the Audio Support tape. It's useful to hear a pronunciation of the different vowels etc and to repeat them... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Taylor Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This is a very good book and is by far the best book available to learn Norwegian. It is by far the best book in the Teach Yourself Complete Language series that I have come... Read more
Published 11 months ago by James123
4.0 out of 5 stars Learn with ease
This complete set has everything you need.

The book is well laid out and makes grammer and sentence structure easy to understand, something I even struggle with in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by PH
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Norwegian course
I'm only on Chapter 4, but it's working well so far. Good clear explanations, with just enough grammar to make sense of things without putting you off. Read more
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