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Norwegian textbook recommendations




I'm learning Norwegian, but finding it hard to get my hands on a textbook. Have heard that 'På Vei' is good, though it's hard to come by in the UK and looks it'll cost a fair bit for me to buy from Norway. So before I part with cash, has anyone used På Vei and was it any good?


Does anyone have any other recommendations? 


Thanks in advance for any help! :)




I started with "Teach yourself" Series of norwegian and felt it was very very good. I have never seen Pa vei but am currently working through stein pa stein, and dont feel like I missed much skipping Pa vei. I do think the layout of stein pa stein and her pa berget (just got mine in the mail for starting on in a few weeks) is excellent in terms of theme organization. Pa vei may be similar and have some advantage, but Teach yourself is definitley a nice cheap way to start.


That's really helpful, Tom, thanks. Since my first post, I bought a "Teach Yourself" course. Apparently, it'll take me to B2 standard, which would be pretty good.


Not heard of Her På Berget, but I'll look that up. :)


I've been fairly pleasantly surprised with Pimsleur, but after you've completed phase one you can't take it any further. Which is annoying and I finish the last chapter today.


I disagree that Teach Yourself would put you at B2, but it probably depends on how loose your definition is. I was just told by my teacher that I have recently reached "fluency" defined by her defintion of beginning B2 level.

I supplemented my Teach Yourself learning with reading newspaper articles and copying down words to Anki cards while just trying to infer grammar points (but mostly worrying about how to say certain full phrases without worrying about the grammar.) I would say I remember more from this experience in terms of vocabulary than Teach Yourself, since the vocabulary provided by Teach Yourself is limited even though the grammar is thorough.

In my opinion, Teach yourself will get you ready to start with Stein pa stein which is a B1 book. Her pa Berget comes after Stein Pa Stein and is probably closer to B2.

I also recommend both of the teachers on Italki. Magne helps lead me through topics in Stein pa Stein with conversation topics and written homework. Yannah is really focused on uttalen min (my pronounciation) and we chit chat about random stuff each course and also work through specific grammar topics I have trouble with ("Preposisjoner" currently, as they are probably the hardest part of norwegian "etter min mening" (in my opinion).)


Lykke til!  (Good Luck!)

I have both <På vei> and <Teach Yourself> too. The Norwegian language school I went used <På Vei>. It is crazy expensive, it costed me almost £100 to buy the book, excercise book and CDs.


It feels like a book specifically designed for new immigrants in Norway, and help the new-comers to cope with the language level test (required for work premit, family reunion or take further education...).  I have been learned English, and Spanish, comparing with the rich learning materials that I have come across in the past, I really can't say <På Vei> is a GREAT text book, but it's probably one of the best Norwegian text book that's available and widely used in Norway.


Well, it's a small country the language is not being particularly popular in the world, can't really complain too much the lack of good Norwegian learning recources. But the positive side is the Norwegian people are very friendly and helpful. It shouldn't be too difficult to find someone to help you to practise Norwegian. So whatever book you choose, it would be better to suppliment with lots self-study--listen to the radio(NRK net radio), read news articles (check websites like,, and talk with the native speakers, etc. 


Good luck!




why bother to learn it??everbody speaks English there..I wouldnt waste my time with this bloody language if I were you

but if you want to push your luck; try Rosetta Stone :) :)


Tom, thanks for the advice! :) First session with Finn tonight and I think the speaking is going to be the trickiest part, but that's because I've only had Norwegian conversations with myself so far. The prepositions do seem tricky to pin down, because they don't always behave as I expect them to. Hopefully, once Norwegian becomes more natural and I stop trying to translate from English, it'll get easier.


林柳, thanks for your reply. A helpful insight. I did wonder if choosing a language which isn't widely spoken might prove tricky for resources. It's a vast improvement on Icelandic which I was trying to learn.


I'll see how I go with Teach Yourself, but I'll probably line up Stein Pa Stein for future use as you suggest, Tom.


There's so much Ylvis on YouTube that I watch a ton of that. I find their accents easy to understand and quite often there's subtitles in Norwegian which helps. Helps that it's really funny to watch too, though some of the language is fairly colourful. :)

Hi Heidi
I can see you're getting deep into bokmål (Norwegian) and I feel gladness of know I'm not the only one that learns by his own; I can recommend you "Ny i Norge", "Bo i Norge", "one minute of Norwegian", "Teach Yourself Norwegian", "Colloquial Norwegian", "På Vei" and a Dictionary English-Norwegian (In my case Spanish-Norwegian [because spanish is my mother tounge]) and besides it's really difficult to get any of that literature, you can go to this site: and DISPLAY publications in Norwegian (that's such a big source of vocabulary and final: there are plenty channel on youtube: thenorwegianteacher, Learn Norwegian Naturally, NorwegianClasd, Learn Norwegian with, etc.


And the best of all is that you can get any of what I said on the internet, so you only need to google it a few more. 


Good luck (for both of us) and perhaps we can chat later!! :D



Hi Rafael,


Thanks for the advice, really helpful. I will check out the YouTube channels you mentioned, because they sound useful. I'd already subscribed to a couple of channels about Norway and Norwegian - Thirduncle1's Norwegian Language Channel and TheNorgeScone. They're pretty helpful, because they're both non-native speakers, so they're aware of the challenges non-natives face when learning the language.


You're right about literature being expensive and hard to come by. I might try using this site to get books: They seem to ship to the UK, so if anyone else is interested they may ship to other countries too.


Aftenposten is proving useful. I'm trying to make time to read an article each day - firstly, just getting a feel for it with what vocab I have. Then I'll go through more thoroughly and translate whatever I need to get it to make sense. Helpful to learn like this as it generates new words for me to use and gives me the context. Just have to remember not to translate word for word, but to get an overall feel.


Lykke til!

I'm not sure if anyone already said this, but this is a link where you can read the first 35 pages of På Vei:

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