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An excellent introduction for the beginner
on 7 May 2000
Colloquial Norwegian aims to take the absolute beginner to a reasonably competent level of language ability, and it succeeds. It's an accessible, friendly book which illustrates grammatical concepts well whilst keeping the reader entertained with amusing dialogues involving the 'Dale' family who are featured throughout the book. A few concepts are not always introduced in a logical order but on the whole the structure is good, teaching the language and vocabulary by using a different topic in each chapter. There are lots of very varied exercises (both written and aural) which test your knowledge and stretch your ability without being boring or repetitive. The aural exercises are an essential part of the learning so don't be tempted to buy the book on its own - make sure you get the cassette pack that goes with it too, or you'll be missing out on a lot. Throughout the book the language used is fairly neutral, erring on the side of colloquial (as the title implies) but with plenty of guidance about more formal terms when required. It also has lots of guidance about actual language usage and so the book is very practical and down-to-earth but it does this without compromising grammatical basics. Overall, a well-written book which, with a bit of regular study, should teach enough to help anyone get around in Norway in a matter of weeks.