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

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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: 12.5 x 1.1 x 14.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

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.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2005
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 By cindercone on 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 By BFPO + 1 on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Bell on 25 Aug. 2008
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CG on 5 Jun. 2007
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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By J. Ronaldson on 22 July 2009
Format: Paperback
i've dabbled with Norwegian a fair bit over the past few years but only over the last months have i really managed to get my teeth into this particular course. it unfolds like a soap-opera and keeps the learning experience fresh and absorbing at every turn. plenty of devices are used throughout to help with the learning process & by the end you feel somewhat acquainted with both the characters and even more so with the language itself.
i was genuinely disappointed to reach the end and I would be very keen to find out what happens next with Sue et al. and with the Norwegian language itself!
I imagine it unlikely that Hodder would consider a Part 2 cost-effective but perhaps i could suggest instead that the next revision adds on half-a-dozen more chapters, since one of the few complaints i'd have is that I feel this stops short a little too early when compared with other TY language books available (Swedish and Gaelic + others).
One other small complaint I'd have is that now and again the dialogues are a bit too quick, althogh I'm aware that it's something worth getting used to in terms of making use of Norwegian in the real world!
Otherwise, everyone should buy this course - very good indeed!
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Mange, mange, mange Tusand Taggen ! - Thank you very very much -lovely book. Well worth reading, doing the exercises and listen to the Cd if you are planning a trip to Norway. (It is a good series for the same for many languages). Worth getting a recent edition and learning a few months before you travel. It won't solve the problem of expensive food/drink when you get there, though you might get a lot of kudos from the locals even if you just learn parts of this book. Ha en godt riese ! (have a good journey). Champe Bra ! The story line of the exercises were of great interest to some of my co-learners.
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