Can We Really Have You Speaking Norwegian in Just Ten Days?
Lock in fundamental language material after just one listen! Join in simple, every day Norwegian conversations – the kind you really have in a country. Like meeting someone, introducing yourself, ordering a drink. Hard to believe, isn't it? Till you ask yourself one simple question: How did you learn English as a child? Did you wade through text books? Did you struggle with grammar? Did you drive yourself crazy trying to get the accent right?
No. You just "picked it up." You heard adults speak, and you uttered your first word. Well, that's how the Pimsleur method works. It's the natural way to learn Norwegian.
In easy half hour "bites" on CD, our scientifically sequenced lessons will have you speaking Norwegian the way the Norwegian people do–or you pay nothing. Guaranteed. Just give it a try.
Why it's Important to Learn Norwegian
Norway is a NATO founding member, and is still one of the biggest financial supporters of the United Nations (UN). It's not uncommon for Norway to work with military members from all over the world. Because of this, if your career of choice is military or diplomatic in nature, learning Norwegian can go a long way to helping you communicate with cooperative agencies, making collaboration that much easier.
On the civilian side, Norway is known for having large reserves of precious minerals, natural gas, and petroleum, and is a much-desired location for energy companies from around the world to establish outposts and offices. The country is also a prime source of fresh water and seafood, exporting both to nations around the world. The ability to speak Norwegian brings with it numerous opportunities for success in several industries and sectors.
For those who just wish to visit the country, Norway is a prime destination for nature lovers, and those who can appreciate unspoiled wilderness. The country is best-known in this respect for its fjord-indented coastline, and beautiful mountains offering opportunities for climbing and wildlife observation. The amount of snow the country gets every year also makes it a fantastic place to ski. And while you're there, you'll be able to enjoy some of the freshest seafood you've ever tasted.
Conversational Norwegian vs. Academic Norwegian
Norwegian is one of many languages around the world that uses the Latin alphabet, but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier for you to learn if you already speak a language that uses the same alphabet. Whereas English has 26 letters, Norwegian has 29, and another 12 letters using diacritical marks (accents) are sometimes used. These extra letters and their differing sounds can present some difficulties for non-Norwegian speakers when trying to learn the language in the most traditional manner–from a book.
Thanks to the Pimsleur Approach, you don't have to worry about learning and memorizing all those extra letters and making sure you're spelling words with the right versions of those letters when writing. That's because there is no writing when learning with Pimsleur. It's all audio based. You simply listen to recorded lessons, all of which are performed by Norwegian native speakers, and in no time, you'll learn important words and phrases, and how to correctly pronounce them to effectively communicate. Forget the books–you'll be holding a conversation in Norwegian just by listening to how it's done.
A Logical Way to Learn Norwegian
Only after 20 years of scientific research did Dr. Pimsleur hit upon the right method to teach language–by watching his own children. Children have the ability to pick up languages quickly and naturally. What makes Pimsleur courses so successful are the specific scientific principles that replicate the speed and ease at which children learn languages. Read more about how this unique system–which has been purchased by the FBI–works.
No matter what situation you find yourself in–making new friends at a party, in a business meeting or negotiation, or just asking the way to the railway station or a good restaurant–you will find Pimsleur has given you the right Norwegian words and phrases, the ones that come naturally, without thinking. Read more about what you'll learn with Pimsleur.
Norwegian is closely related to two other Scandinavian languages. If you speak Swedish, Danish, or Norwegian, it will be very easy for you to learn the other two languages.
Vikings spoke Norwegian. Actually, they spoke the Old Norse language, which is the basis for modern Norwegian. At one time, the Old Norse language was one of the most widespread languages in the world thanks to Viking traders who traveled extensively.
Norwegian communities can be found throughout the northern United States. You'll find these communities in states such as Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota, possibly because these states have weather that most closely resembles that of Norway.