Thomas' Norwegian page/blog

All about the Norwegian language, other languages, Norway, Scandinavia, etc etc etc… Enjoy!

Lots of Norwegian NRK P3 radio-documentaries!

http://p3.no/dokumentar/


EVERYONE learning norwegian will find these useful for hearing Norwegian as spoken by Norwegians. (:

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel ThomasTheNorgeScone!)

Why learn Norwegian before Danish & Swedish?

First of all, I should say that I’m an English guy who for the first 16 years of lifecouldn’t speak a second language. I really wanted to learn a language, and I felt useless not being able to, so I decided to learn Norwegian to fluency.

I think that if you’re interested in Scandinavia, and want to learn one of the three Scandinavian languages (Danish, Norwegian, & Swedish) I would strongly suggest that you learn Norwegian first of all! 

Why? Well, Norwegian, as far as language is concerned, is a good middle-ground between Danish and Swedish. I, as an average person can easily understand 90% of spoken Swedish, and maybe 50% of Spoken Danish. I can read almost all Swedish & Danish, and I think anyone who learns Norwegian will be able to do the same, just as Norwegians already do.

You should realise that Norwegian, Swedish, & Danish are incredibly similar. So similar, that the Scandinavians can easily speak to one another using their own languages. Even though there are definite and obvious differences to someone like myself, who speaks Norwegian – Swedish sounds very similar to Norwegian. Danish sounds quite different to Norwegian & Swedish, however many of the words are the almost same, but just pronounced differently.

So, just to recap, Norwegian is very close to Danish in written form, where as Norwegian is closer to Swedish in pronunciation – so Norwegian can be used as a useful stepping stone to either language.

I am not saying that starting out in one of the other two languages is a bad idea – please, learn the language you wish to learn! HOWEVER… I am not the only one who believes that it might not be quite as easy to understand quite as much of the other two languages, or it might take you slightly more time! (Learn Swedish & Danish if you wish, they are great languages too!)

Thanks for reading, everyone, and learn languages! (:

Learn some Norwegian with Thomas! (me!)

The Basics of Norwegian – Lesson TWO – Where do you come from?

“Learning languages is fun and everyone should and can become bilingual.”

I APPRECIATE ALL SUPPORT!

I have recently decided to make a series of videos on YouTube designed to teach people some useful basics in the Norwegian language! I will be making a video once a week, and I hope that they are entertaining and useful! Learning languages is fun and everyone should become bilingual.

Thanks,

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)

Learn Norwegian with Thomas! (me)

Just in case you missed it before I upload lesson 2, here is lesson 1 in my YouTube series The Basics of Norwegian! In this episode, you will learn how to say ‘I am ___’ & ‘You are ___’ in Norwegian!

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)

Anyone can become bilingual, and everyone should be!

Without sounding like I am trying to force this on people, like feeding a baby foods it doesn’t like, I’m going to talk about why everyone can, and should be bilingual!

1. Everyone’s brain is capable of living with and fully understanding at least two languages. I don’t care if you think you aren’t clever enough. You so are! And that’s that. So there.

2. We can’t expect everyone to learn English, because that isn’t the reality. So much of the world doesn’t have the resources they need to learn English, however we westerners have all the resources we need to learn just about any language on planet earth. We can at least meet them half way!

3. Being bilingual will improve your life in so many ways. For a start, it’s healthy for the brain, and that’s before you even start to meet new people and experience new situations in life which wouldn’t happen or wouldn’t be as good without being bilingual.

4. People will be impressed by bilingual people no matter what. You could just say “hello, my name is…” in a foreign language, and that’s often enough. Showing off also may encourage other people to learn languages, which is what the English-speaking world needs.

5. Do it!

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)

The benefit of having a language partner when learning a new language

I couldn’t agree more!

I would like to follow more linguists & bilingual people!

If you are bilignual/multilingual, and/or are interested in language as a whole,why not reblog thisand then I can find more of you people and follow you!

I am a fluent speaker of Norwegian, and I make Norwegian lessons on YouTube. I also study Chinese now, however I am interested in all kinds of languages, really!

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)

TheNorgeScone (My YouTube channel)

Hei alle sammen! Good news for all norsk learners…

Lesson 2 of The Basics of Norwegian series will be uploaded to my YouTube channel withint the next 7 days! Lesson 2 will teach you how to ask “Where do you come from?”, how to reply by saying where you are from, & also some other useful sentences which will help you to express that you are a foreigner in Norwegian!

For anyone who is interested in this series, please show support by subscribing to my channel! Have a lesson/video request? Let me know!

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)

A 2014 language challenge! Norwegian mastery, & Starting something new…

“This year, everyone who isn’t bilingual should try their best to make an effort – it’s not about being fluent as such, but to at least know small amounts of any language is good.”

I am a 19 year-old English person who speaks Norwegian – I started learning the language 2-3 years ago, and I have now long pasted fluency, and I am hoping to achieve native level within the next year or so. One thing that I have to say, is it feels very strange to actually reach the point of fluency, because when you start out, it’s fluency that you’re trying to reach! … When you’ve got there, it feels strange, scary, but also fantastic! I am so proud that I have achieved so much in this time, however these days I find that it’s more a case of keeping up my skills, as opposed to learning new things about the Norwegian language.

SO… For this reason, I have decided to learn a new language! I enjoy the learning process A LOT, and my Norwegian can improve subtly over the next year simultaneously. I spent the past 3 months deciding upon which language to try, and I was undecided between Spanish, & Mandarin Chinese. I also thought a bit about Swedish, because I can already understand most of Swedish because of my Norwegian skills. I then thought it might be a little too close for my liking! HOWEVER, I have decided upon Mandarin! My goal is to take my time, and have exposure to Mandarin everyday – and hopefully by the end of my University course, which will be another three years – I will be fairly good! I may also try Spanish a bit too.

This 3rd paragraph is to you – I want to give you a challenge – maybe you are already doing something similar, or maybe you have never thought about doing so. Perhaps you will be persuaded now. Maybe you won’t do a thing. However, I want you to at least think about learning a new language this year. Even if you only learn some phrases, that will do. This year, everyone who isn’t bilingual should try their best to make an effort – it’s not about being fluent as such, but to at least know small amounts of any language is good.

I wish you good luck with whatever you do in any case! Have a good year! (:

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes…”

Det finnes ikke dårlig vær, bare dårlig klær! 

– A common Norwegian saying

This is one of my favourite Norwegian sayings! It’s so true, and you need to believe it when in Norway. 

Thomas – TheNorgeScone (Visit my YouTube channel TheNorgeScone!)