Here’s a growing list of suggestions for reading and listening on the different levels:
At the beginners level we would recommend supplementary activities like cartoons, simple children’s books and various language apps for your tablet and smartphone! Some examples:
- Book “Kurt Blir Grusom” by Erlend Loe
- Book “Karius og Baktus” by Thorbjørn Egner
- Children’s books in general
- App “Learnie” (basic)
- App books “Ruffen” og “H.C. Andersen”
At the intermediate level you could slowly start with more advanced activities like reading newspapers, crime novels and watching television shows – understanding somewhere between 30-70% of the language. Examples:
- Tv Show “Lilyhammer” (With Soprano’s Steven Van Zandt)
- Tv Show “Himmelblå” (Drama from Northern Norway)
- Wildlife Documentary “Nordkalotten 365” (Free episodes)
- Crime “Rødstrupe” Jo Nesbø (Popular crime writer, set in Oslo)
- Crime “Snømannen” Jo Nesbø (Same series, set in Oslo and Bergen)
- Novels for teens, 12-14 years.
- Paper http://www.klartale.no (easy vocab)
- Paper http://www.aftenposten.no (main paper, moderate right)
- Paper http://www.dagsavisen.no (daily center-left)
- Weekly http://www.morgenbladet.no (center-left, intellectual)
- Watching movies in your native tongue, with Norwegian subtitles
- Reading novels you already know, in Norwegian
- Radio NRK Alltid Nyheter (mp3 stream)
At the advanced level there is an ongoing process to make everything understandable in a new language, including advanced newspapers, all films and television shows, all non-fiction books – and even most fiction books (which have a lot more complicated use of vocabulary and references). Some suggestions could be:
- Movie “Reprise” by Joachim Trier (Young Artists in Oslo)
- “Sult” av Knut Hamsun (About Oslo in the 1880’s)
- “Pan”, Knut Hamsun. Beautiful Story, North Norway.
- “Ut å stjæle hester”, Per Petterson. Low key drama, Scandivian feel.
- “Livlegens besøk”, P.O. Enquist. (Denmark-Norway in the 1760′s.)
- “Appelsinpiken”, Jostein Gaarder. Sweet story partly set in Oslo.
- “Beatles”, Lars Saabye Christinsen. Growing up in the 70’s.
- “Forføreren”, Jan Kjærstad. Inspiring Trilogy, lots of modern history.
- Everything fiction – bookstores and libraries can help!
- Goodreads has a great list of Norwegian novels here.
- All TV Shows (Nrk has many here).
This is a list of starting points and different techniques for searching and finding new materials to study and practice:
- Louis Janus’ website here. (Very comprehensive collection)
- iTunes (search for podcasts)
- Smartphone apps – search for “Norsk”
- Youtube! Good search words are: “norsk”, “norwegian”, etc.
- Search in Twitter, Facebook, Rss feeds, WordPress Blogs – and subscribe to content for daily inputs!
- Wikipedia – read about known topics
This is a list of popular movies made in Norway, watching with subtitles is a great exercise!
- “Kon-Tiki” (2012) – About the Explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s Expedition
- “Flåklypa Grand Prix” (1975) – Iconic Animated Movie
- “Hamsun” (1996) – Bio about the great writer Knut Hamsun
- “Den Brysomme Mannen” (2006) – Comedy/Surrealism
- “Fritt Vilt” (2006) – Intense Thriller in the Mountains
- “Tatt av kvinnen” (Comedy, parody of “tatt av vinden”/”gone with the wind”)
- “Buddy” (Romantic Comedy)
- “Trolljegeren”/”Troll hunter” a parody of Blair Witch Project, it’s funny, but there is a lot of different dialects in it.
- “Max Manus” – Norwegian resistance fighter from the second world war
- “Elling” (Oscar nominated, about a man who lived with his mother all his life) There are 3 I think, but I can only think of the next that is called “Mors Elling”/”Mothers Elling”
- “Mannen som elsket Yngve”/”The man who loved Yngve” Is nice, but its from Stavanger, so they talk wiht a Stavanger dialect.
- Any kind of “Olsenbanden” movie is also nice
- “De dødes tjern”/”lake of the dead” is an old horror movie from 1958.
- “Knerten”/”Twigson” is a children’s movie from the famous children’s books of Anne Cath. Vestly. They made three of them.
“The Northern lights” by Joanna Lumley/BBC. This is a very enthusiastic English documentary and exploration of Norway and a search for the northern lights. Also with some Norwegian spoken by the locals in the film: