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Teach Yourself Norwegian (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Accompanies Book [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

Margaretha Danbolt Simons
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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29 Oct 2004

If you want to progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking and writing Norwegian with confidence, then Teach Yourself Norwegian is the course for you. Although aimed at those with no previous knowledge, it is equally suitable for anyone wishing to brush up existing knowledge for a holiday or business trip. Key structures and vocabulary are introduced in 16 thematic units progressing from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations to writing a letter and making a complaint. In the later units you will become familiar with many aspects of Norwegian life as well as the language. The emphasis is on communication throughout with important language structures introduced through dialogues on the accompanying recording. The course is centred around two main characters: an English student, John, and a Norwegian girl, Bente. You will follow them through their ups and downs in a variety of situations during a year in Norway. There are plenty of exercises to practise the language as it is introduced and tips throughout to help with grammar. Cultural information tips give useful advice and information for anyone planning a trip to Norway.

Teach Yourself Norwegian is written in Bokmål. Bokmål is the standard Norwegian language, used by approximately 85% of Norwegians. It has developed from Dano-Norwegian, which originated during the 400 or so years when Norway was part of Denmark.

The new edition retains the tried-and-tested structure of the lessons but has been updated to include a brand new double CD of the audio material. Popular features of the previous edition have been retained:

- an English-Norwegian vocabulary,

- a glossary of grammatical terms,

- a taking it further section directing you to further sources of real Norwegian.

The book (ISBN 978 0 340 88755 4) is available separately or in a pack with the CDs (978 0 340 88756 1).


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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Rev Ed edition (29 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340887575
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340887578
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

This double CD provides listening material which accompanies the book Teach Yourself Norwegian (978 0 340 88755 4). The Book and CDs can also be purchased together in a pack (978 0 340 88756 1).

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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars be warned 28 Mar 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I can see where all the previous reviwers are coming from as regards the quality of the CD; it is quite user friendly. But be warned, if like me you expected an 'audiobook' ie cd AND book combination, then you'll be disappointed; especially as the total price in p+p is about £18.50. If your style of learning is to repeat from a cd then you'll be fine. If you like to SEE grammar and how sentences are constructed, words spelt etc,then like me you'll have to invest in the accompanying book too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 17 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
Overall, and excellent and fun experience!
It is well organised and in manageable chunks.
I worked through this in 4 months, doing approx 1 chapter a week, spending approx 8-10 hours on each chapter. It helped to keep my own vocab book, and write down useful phrases in a phrase book to aid learning. At the end I typed up my phrase book to consolidate.
Ok I admit I still struggle to understand spoken Norwegian simply because it is so fast, ie faster than the dialogues on the CD, but this is inevitable and probably the case with learning any language. However I can pick up words, and once someone realises Im not Norwegian, I can hold conversations as they slow their speed etc.
The topics and phrases seem so useful for real life situations.
There is a storyline moving through the book, and the dialogues sound quite 'real'. Infact my family understood the 'gist' of the plot, and were waiting for the next 'episode'!
I go on holiday to Norway and hope to live there one day and this is a great start. I now plan to read articles on the web to expand vocab, and to try the specific conversation packs that are part of the same course.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent way to learn norsk 23 Feb 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this book/CD combination just before going to live in Norway for 20 months; it helped me a great deal, even though, listening to it first, I thought that I would never master the language. When I started on a norsk course after the first month in Norway, this package gave me a real advantage in the class, and I went onto finish the book in my own time. The last chapter is called "Autumn in Bodø" which is where I lived. You just have to ignore the part at the beginning where they say that every letter is pronounced in Norwegian (with hva, hvor, gjenta etc. it is clearly not the case). I have frequently been complimented on my pronounication and vocabulary, and this book really helped me on that road.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on the market 5 Jun 2007
By CG
Format:Paperback
This is a great book and a brilliant introduction for anyone wanting to learn Norwegian. Everything is explained really well and the author makes no assumptions about the reader's proficiency with grammar, which was good for someone like me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By E. Bell
Format:Paperback
I wanted a quick way to learn Norwegian and this is it!!!!

It's actually a suprisingly easy language to learn for english speakers, despite several warnings from friends who claimed that it was very difficult! Wrong! :) I found the chapter by chapter progression worked perfectly with the integrated storyline running throughout the book and was not just easy but was fun to learn it as well!!!! The excercises were challenging but do-able, and you always surprise yourself with how much you've actually picked up and retained after completion of a chapter.

I finished the book in about a month and a bit, and only suggestion is that it would be AWESOME if there was an advanced level follow up! Please!!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 16 Aug 2013
By Cila
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My review will be very simple: if you want to learn the language, start with this book. (And watch Norwegian TV online. www.nrk.no )
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