Welcome to the “Learn Norwegian Naturally”-forums. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want in the following Norwegian forums. Remember: there’s no such thing as a stupid question. Hope you learn something new!
About the Norwegian language:
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Why learn Norwegian?
There are countless reasons for learning Norwegian. Firstly, Norway is in my eyes a beautiful country with a diverse culture and history. Although Norwegians and Scandinavians in general are capable of speaking English, it’s something entirely different to be able to communicate with someone in their native language. These are some of my reasons for encouraging you to learn Norwegian:
1. Norwegian, Swedish and Danish
If you learn Norwegian, you also understand both Swedish and Danish quite well. There are obviously some differences in words, pronunciation and expressions, but if you have good control of Norwegian you will understand spoken Swedish and written Danish easily in most cases. You can also understand written Swedish and spoken Danish, but that’s in my opinion a bit more difficult (especially spoken Danish…).
2. Norwegian literature
By learning Norwegian, you can enjoy Norwegian literature in Norwegian. No more need for English, French, Spanish etc. translations of the classics in Norwegian literature for you! Henrik Ibsen, Sigrid Undset and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson are some of your classic choices when it comes to classic Norwegian literature. If you’re a more modern reader, you might have heard about the famous Norwegian author Jo Nesbø as well.
3. Job possibilities
The job market is good in Norway with high salaries and low unemployment rates. If you want a job in Norway, it’s often required that you must know how to speak and write Norwegian fluently. Don’t worry – by using all the resources on this website that have been released and that will be released, plus asking me all the questions you want about the Norwegian language and let me correct your Norwegian, I am sure you’ll handle that well!
4. Norwegian music
Wouldn’t it have been cool to understand what they say in your favourite Norwegian songs? There are many famous black metal bands in Norway if you’re into that genre of music.
5. Norwegian landscape, tourism and attractions
I think Norway is a great country to visit if you’re planning your holidays. Impress your friends, your family and/or the native Norwegians by being able to speak Norwegian!