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Great Norwegian book!
on 5 December 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!