Are you planning on going to Norway to study, travel or work? Are you interested in Norwegian culture? Are you looking for the key to the Scandinavian Model? Or a troll to marry?
This free online course will give you the basic language skills needed to make new friends and cope with everyday situations, as well as being a stepping stone for a further exploration into Norwegian language, society and culture.
Get an introduction to Norwegian language
This four week course will give you an introduction to Norwegian, a language spoken by about 5 million people. You will learn basic language and grammar through active learning. After completing this course, you will be able to participate in everyday conversations.
Explore Norwegian culture and society
You will also discover more about the culture of Norway - what daily life looks like, what food is enjoyed there, what are the cultural and social norms in this fascinating country.
Learn from experts in Norwegian
The University of Oslo is well practiced at teaching and inspiring a love of Norwegian language and culture. There has even been created an interactive chatbot for you to have conversations with - so you can practice your Norwegian easily.
There are no special requirements for this course. However you need to enable the Norwegian characters Æ, Ø and Å on your computer or mobile phone.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.
Alathea Anderssohncompleted this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This was a nice course, well structured and engagingly presented. Built around the activities of a group of foreign students at Oslo university, each section started with a couple of videos with dialogue presenting new vocabulary and grammar, followed by explanations of the grammar introduced, language exercises, a vid
This was a nice course, well structured and engagingly presented. Built around the activities of a group of foreign students at Oslo university, each section started with a couple of videos with dialogue presenting new vocabulary and grammar, followed by explanations of the grammar introduced, language exercises, a video demonstrating pronunciation of particular letters, and finally a "chatbot" where learners could chat - supposedly with one or other of the students featured in the course, but in fact with a program which generated more or less relevant replies to what you said to it. In other words, there was a good variety of approaches used throughout the course, which kept it interesting. I particularly liked the way that any new grammar introduced was explained immediately, so that I wasn't left wondering "why are they saying that?" through several lessons. I think the course provides a good basis for anyone wanting to learn Norwegian: if you don't take it all in at once, you can go back and consult it later. My sole caveat is that it may be a bit daunting for absolute beginners: I'd already started learning Norwegian with another course, which helped, and clearly quite a lot of the other learners were either foreigners living in Norway or at least people with some knowledge of the language.