If you are considering learning a new language, Norwegian is a great choice. For an English speaker, the grammar rules, something that many English speaking people struggle with when learning foreign languages, are very similar. Norwegian is very similar to the other North Germanic languages spoken in Scandinavia. Once you are able to understand it, you should find yourself able to hold a conversation with a Swede or Dane as well, as these three languages are, for the most part, mutually intelligible. Many people find that it is the least complex of the three and falls in between the other two in terms of intelligibility making it the most versatile of the three.
Reasons for learning Norwegian
Being able to speak foreign languages is a great way of making yourself stand out in the business world, especially in the era of online communication and low cost flights. Picking a language that will help you learn additional languages will look great on your CV and open up employment and networking opportunities for you. Norway is a great country to visit and being able to speak the language will make visiting a much easier experience. Whilst you will find that many locals speak English, it is not an official language so there is no requirement to learn it. Besides, it is good manners to have, at least, a basic grasp of the language of the country you are visiting.
How easy is it to learn?
English people often struggle with grammar and word order when learning other languages. However, Norwegian is much closer to English in this sense. As in English, words do not change depending on who you are talking about (yourself, another male or another female), and to form past tense, -te is usually put on the end of a word, much like we would use –ed in English.
Rarities of the language
Like any language, there are some words that do not conform to the rules. However, many of these occur where they would in English. An example of this is the word ‘drink.’ In English, the past tense becomes ‘drank’ rather than ‘drinked.’ Similarly, ‘drikke’ becomes ‘drakk.’ Both words sound very similar to their English counterparts, which again, helps it feel more familiar and therefore easier to learn.
Learning with Babbel
Babbel is a great way to learn Norwegian. Babbel is designed to be as easy and intuitive as possible to use, with bite-sized steps and interactive tasks making learning both fun and easy. If you choose to join the Babbel-Community, you can find somebody to learn with, meaning that learning online does not need to be a solitary experience. The subscription fees are very reasonable but, before you get that far, you might want to make use of the free trial, which will show you just how easy and enjoyable it is to learn a language with Babbel.