Complete Norwegian Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language (Teach Yourself La

(10 customer reviews)


Do you want to develop a solid understanding of Norwegian and communicate confidently with others?
Through authentic conversations, vocabulary building, grammar explanations and extensive practice and review, Complete Norwegian will equip you with the skills you need to use Norwegian in a variety of settings and situations, developing your cultural awareness along the way.

What will I achieve by the end of the course?
By the end of Complete Norwegian you will have a solid intermediate-level grounding in the four key skills – reading, writing, speaking and listening – and be able to communicate with confidence and accuracy.

Is this course for me?
If you want to move confidently from beginner to intermediate level, this is the course for you. It’s perfect for the self-study learner, with a one-to-one tutor, or for the beginner classroom. It can also be used as a refresher course.

What do I get?
-15 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary and revision section
-Discovery Method – figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick
-Teaches the key skills – reading, writing, listening, and speaking
-Learn to learn – tips and skills on how to be a better language learner
-Culture notes – learn about the people and places of Norway
-Outcomes-based learning – focus your studies with clear aims
-Authentic listening activities – everyday conversations give you a flavor of real spoken Norwegian
-Test Yourself – see and track your own progress

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10 reviews for Complete Norwegian Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language (Teach Yourself La

  1. Paulo

    Very detailed and learning flows smooth.Very good book even if you start from zero. It would probably help a little if there were some silent period after each phrase of the dialogs so we could repeat, but other than that “kurset er ikke kjedelig”I also like the grammar explanations.

  2. Peter

    Audio disk?I’ve been reading the reviews and a lot of people got some audio disk… I did not get a disk with this item… Was I supposed to?

  3. Jocelyn

    As describedExcellent book for learning Norwegian. Comes with free companion audio.

  4. Bridget

    The BasicsThis book is a good place to start. I’m enjoying my lessons and incorporate other books as well. Enjoy!

  5. Amazon Customer

    Could have been better. The audiofiles on disk need pauses in between …Could have been better. The audiofiles on disk need pauses in between to process whatever was said and remember it. So far the book seems manageable, but it’s not top-notch.

  6. Carole J. Jennings

    Very helpful and easy to understand. Only one CD was included.I am very satisfied with the product thus far but I haven’t completed the course yet. This product came with only one audio CD. Hopefully this is the only one needed for the study.

  7. Runster Othinn

    Bare pass C+This is a very introductory sort of travel guide, and mostly a rehash of Margaretha’s earlier editions. There are so many modern subject areas in common Norwegian everyday use that Margaretha doesn’t cover , or even mention. Sorry, but the title ” Complete Norwegian” really mismatches the content, and the whole theme is a bit of a bore. Perhaps, Margaretha should consult with me iwhen planning the next edition.

  8. RC

    Not completeThe book promises a smartphone app, but the company does not in fact offer one for Norwegian, and has decided not to do so.As another reviewer observed, the CD audios need more pauses for repetition.

  9. Julie Schulze

    One StarThe c d s were blank, i sent them back. Made me hisitant to order more music, but did.

  10. Leigh Forbes

    Not complete at all – introducing the “discovery method”NOTE: the “audio support” comes in the form of a phone app. There is no CD, and the audio can’t be played on a computer. You have to have a modern smartphone.I might up this rating as I get on through the book, but I’m on Chapter 4, and am feeling increasingly weary. The author makes a point of saying – in the introduction – that learners shouldn’t be afraid to work things out for ourselves. To this end, the book incorporates the “discovery method … a sort of DIY approach” (as though teach-yourself isn’t already DIY enough), which we’re told is more likely to result in more thoroughly embedded learning. Sounds sensible enough, but this results in a number of frustrating features: incomplete vocab lists (this is deliberate: earlier editions have complete word lists) – we’re supposed to work it out for ourselves, remember, but this has left me floundering with some words and expressions that aren’t in the appended dictionary (e.g. it took a lot of googling to find the correct meaning(s) of “skal” – present tense of Ã¥ skulle); grammar seems to be presented first, and explained later, sometimes quite a lot later, resulting in confusion; sections in Norwegian, with no translation – meaning you have no way of knowing whether you’ve truly understood or not. I have no problem working hard to learn a new language (this is my 5th), but this book isn’t yet suiting my learning style – which is being able to check and double-check my comprehension.All this said, the accompanying audio files are great (ignoring the *ridiculous* conversations the characters have) – particularly the feature that allows you to slow down (or speed up) the rate at which people are speaking. When very slow (0.5x), they all sound drunk, but at least you can pick out individual words. Other options are 0.75x (which works best for me), 1x (i.e. normal speed, which I find too fast), 1.5x and 2x (neither of which I’ve tried yet). It’s a shame the audio can’t be downloaded to a laptop, but it’s been no bother playing it on my phone. The worksheet-type questions also work well for me, although the space given to write your answers is ridiculously, and unnecessarily, small; and there are errors (p.48, for example, is littered with them); THIS IS UNFORGIVABLE IN A TEXT BOOK. (Sorry for the shouting – Amazon doesn’t allow italics!)Could work if you already have some grounding in Norwegian and don’t mind a lot of head-scratching, and have reliable internet access (for all the googling you’re going to be doing). Oh, and a smartphone.

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