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Norwegian is one of the North Germanic languages which descended from Old Norse. All the peoples of Scandinavia unitedly spoke Old Norse between the ninth and 13th centuries, but the language itself traces back to as early as the first century C.E. Eventually, Old Norse began to break up into more regional dialects, which have developed into the separate, modern languages of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway.
Around the 11th century, the Norwegian people developed their own writing system for their language, but this part of Norwegian culture was extinguished in the middle of the 14th century due to the black plague. Near the end of the 14th century with a forgotten writing system, Norway united with Denmark. The two became one country, and Danish became the prominent written language. In 1814, the Treaty of Kiel separated the two nations. At this time, roughly 95% of Norwegians spoke Norwegian, but without a written standard, the language wasn't consistent throughout the country.
During the 19th and early 20th centuries, attempts were made to standardize the written language. Today, two written forms are used: Nynorsk (New Norwegian) and Bokmål (written tongue). Bokmål, however, is far more popular in the 21st century, as only about 13% of Norwegians use Nynorsk. This is likely the writing system you'll learn, if you take Norwegian classes.
Why Learn to Speak Norwegian?
Norwegian is one of two official languages of Norway. It's spoken by over five million people in the country. Pockets of Norwegian speakers can also be found in other parts of the world, primarily in Spain (about 50,000) and the United States (about 40,000).
Compared to languages like English and Chinese, few people in the world speak Norwegian. There are still, however, plenty of reasons why it's a good language to learn. Due to their close roots, the Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish languages are all mutually intelligible. With the exception of just a few dialects, most Norwegian speakers can speak to, understand, and be understood by those who speak Danish and Swedish. As a result, those who speak Norwegian can travel around almost all of Scandinavia with no trouble communicating with about 20 million people.
If you love to travel, Norwegian is a great language to learn. The country and surrounding region feature unique architecture and stunning natural vistas, where you can bask in nature's beauty. When you visit, take in all the sights like fjords, waterfalls, islands, and rocky cliff sides that plunge into the Norwegian Sea.
The Best Way to Learn Norwegian and What You'll Study
Although it's easy to find plenty of free Norwegian classes online, the best way to learn is with a private tutor. You pick up pronunciation, comprehension, and conversational skills fast, when you receive immediate feedback in lessons customized to your specific interests and learning abilities. With fully personalized course content, no two private Norwegian lessons are alike. For example, Norwegian classes for children differ greatly from Norwegian lessons for adults. No matter your age or interests, you can learn to speak Norwegian like a native.
Sample Curriculum for Beginner Norwegian Classes
If you have little or no previous experience speaking Norwegian, then beginner lessons are for you! In these classes, you'll study the basic grammar and syntax of Norwegian, while being introduced to common phrases and essential vocabulary. Your Norwegian tutor might cover some of the following topics:
- Bokmål writing system and pronunciation
- Numbers and counting
- Dates and times
- Basic conversation
- Interrogative sentences
Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Norwegian Lessons
If you're familiar with the basics, but have not yet reached proficiency (a working knowledge of Norwegian), then intermediate lessons are for you. In intermediate classes, you'll learn everything you need to know to navigate your way through a basic conversation or text. Your instructor might cover the following topics:
- Expand vocabulary
- Verb tenses and moods
- Conjugating regular and irregular verbs
- Noun gender, pluralization, and inflection
- Forming questions
Sample Curriculum for Advanced Norwegian Classes
In advanced Norwegian lessons, students learn to speak, read, and write more like a native Norwegian. Course content heavily depends on each student's individual interests and goals. Your Norwegian teacher might cover the following topics:
- Discuss complex ideas
- Improve listening and reading comprehension
- Nuance and inference
- Accent reduction
How to Find a Norwegian Teacher Near You
If you're ready to say ja (yes) to learning Norwegian, then you'll need a teacher. TakeLessons will direct you to highly experienced and qualified tutors who offer lessons online and in-person. Before selecting a Norwegian tutor, we recommend reading through several teacher profiles and reviews left by other foreign language students.
The cost of Norwegian lessons varies, but most teachers charge time-based rates. With a large selection, you'll be able to find a Norwegian teacher that fits both your budget and your schedule. Whether you're a beginner or signing up for advanced lessons, studying with a private Norwegian tutor will have you speaking more like a native with every lesson!