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Teach Yourself Norwegian Complete Course Package (Book + 2 CDs) [With 2 CD's] (Teach Yourself Complete Language Courses) Paperback – 16 Apr 2005

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; Com/Pap edition (16 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071451137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071451130
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 16.4 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 929,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaretha Danbolt Simons

Teaches Norwegian at the university

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Milligan on 10 Aug. 2010
It's aimed at a basic level, and works very well for that. Repetition throughout helps it sink in. Lots of tracks, so you can skip to where you want quickly and easily. Overall, I'm very happy with it.
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59 of 59 people found the following review helpful
Great Book... 6 Dec. 2007
By Chris A. Christopherson - Published on
I'm about half way through this book (it's taken about a month, but I'm putting lots and lots of time into it) and so far I've been very impressed with the clarity and organization throughout. I have a number of Teach Yourself language books... and some of them are horribly disorganized and illogically sequenced--especially those published from around 10 to 15 years ago. It seems that the TY people have finally come to their senses with the newer offerings (especially the "Beginner's Series" French and Italian--those are wonderful).

This book is very well presented. The vocabulary is introduced mostly at the word level with nice lists and definitions side by side (not predominately at the phrase level, which is a weakness for many TY language books, IMO). You actually learn to use words and put them together into sentences, rather than learning a bunch of semi-useless static "canned" phrases.

The voice actors present dialog very well/clearly in an ongoing story format--it's quite entertaining at times (reminds me of a Spanish telenovela). The grammar is introduced in very digestible chunks (in fact, personally I could take that part way faster). On the vocabulary side, I find it to be quite intense, almost overwhelming at times. There are around 1500 words introduced and several hundred phrases. For me personally, the vocabulary comes too quickly. I find myself getting bogged down with memorizing new words after I've long since done the grammar from the section. But that is just personal learning strengths/weaknesses. I pick up grammar very fast... and memorize vocabulary quite slowly. It may be different for you. I know many people shudder at the mention of grammar--trust me, in this book it's presented very understandably.

Finally, as is the problem with nearly EVERY language book I've seen, there are just not nearly enough exercises/practice problems. I won't fault this book for it, since it's a common condition. About ten times more practice would be nice. I find myself trying to come up with my own exercises to help me remember all of this vocabulary. I also use other books (Janus' Verbs & Essentials of Grammar, Colloquial Norwegian, Hippocrene's Beginner's Norwegian) for extra practice. Of course, if your memory is sharp, you might not need so much practice/study.

All in all, this is my favorite of the Norwegian books I have. I'm already able to understand some of what I hear on Norwegian (internet) radio. There is quite a lot of vocabulary similarity with English, which is nice. And Norwegian grammar is very refreshing compared to other languages--it's relatively simple. I wouldn't say Norwegian is "easy" for an English speaker, but it's not nearly as hard as is a language such as Gaelic or Finnish. Not even close.

A helpful hint: The Norwegian Conversation CDs by Teach Yourself are a great supplement to this course. They roughly follow this book's sequence and are great for additional practice with vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
First-rate instruction in Norwegian 11 July 2006
By Russell Graves - Published on
This is a top-notch treatment of the subject, but one must have both the disk and the book, as in this package, to benefit. It is addressed to adults-The heroine rides a motorcycle and likes to guzzle beer! The grammer is presented in bits that are easy to digest. it is the best introduction to the subject I have seen since the old Einar Haugen SPOKEN NORWEGIAN of many years ago. Once you have digested the book you might try the Norwegian novelist Per Petterson getting both the Norwegian and English versions of UT OG STJAELE HESTER and OUT STEALING HORSES respectively. It is superb writing in a relatively simple Norwegian. Working back and forth between the two can improve your reading of Norwegian suhstantially. And of course the Norwegian newspapers are on line for some very current practice.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
More than Pleasantly Surprised 4 Mar. 2008
By K. McKowen - Published on
I have wanted to learn Norwegian for some time, but as an American student living on the East Coast, my resources have been someone limited. On a whim, I picked up a copy of this book from my college bookstore, hoping to cruise through it over time and perhaps pick up at least some introductory knowledge of the language. I got a lot more than I thought I would. The chapters are organized and helpful, the vocabulary lists build on each other, and the subject matter is interesting. I use it everyday.

To give you an idea of what this book has done for me, let me say that I have taken five years of German at both the high school and university level. Though I can read and write German better, my Norwegian speaking skills are inexplicably stronger. For having only worked on learning the language a few months, I can easily hold various conversations. The book is excellent for building conversational skills as well as skills in both reading and writing.

If you're looking to get started in Norwegian, look no further than this book. It's simply awesome.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It is quite good 29 Jun. 2007
By M. Day - Published on
Having both a CD component and a book (with a small Norwegian/English dictionary included) is very helpful. You learn how to pronounce Norwegian by listening to and repeating words on the CDs, and the book provides grammar rules, spelling and definitions that help when you have a question about what you heard on the CD. Also, there are exercises in the book, with answers in the back. The course also covers Norwegian culture and traditions by following several people through their activities over the span of a year.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very Good 26 Oct. 2007
By W.A. Mozart - Published on
I'm only on chapter 7 (of 16) but so far it's been great. The pronuniation guide section is a little off, but you learn very quickly to pronounce Norwegian by listening to the recording. It's definently not for someone who only wants to learn "survival" Norwegian, or just enough to get by if you were to go to Norway. It's for serious students, something that many language textbooks lack.
All in all, very impressed.
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