Beginner? Here are the Free Online Resources you Need to Get Started!
On this page, you can find a list of free online resources for English speakers who are just starting to learn Norwegian!
This list is made for people who are learning Bokmål Norwegian. (If you are learning Nynorsk, then you should instead visit www.Nynorsk.Bnorsk.no.)
THE CONTENTS OF THIS PAGE:
The Best Free Digital Resources for Beginners
Resources from Bnorsk.no for beginners
Free Resources for the Next Level
1. The Best Free Digital Resources for Beginners
Resources made available by Bnorsk.no are written in blue.
Resources that are not free of charge are written in red.
Learn vocabulary at www.Vocabulary.Bnorsk.no.
Lexin Picture Vocabulary - "switch between "English" and "Bokmål (= Norwegian)" in the top menu to see the words and phrases in English and Norwegian. (Do not click on "Nynorsk", unless you are learning "Nynorsk".)
NTNU/NOW: List of vocabulary with basic meaning (Norwegian/English)
www.Ordbok.Uib.no (remember to choose "Bokmål", not "Nynorsk").
Lexin Dictionaries: https://lexin.oslomet.no/#/
Lexin Picture Dictionary: Switch between "Bokmål" (= Norwegian) and "English" in the top left menu. (Do not click on "Nynorsk".)
Paid subscription: www.Ordnett.no - contains various excellent Norwegian and bilingual dictionaries, but you´ll have to pay for a subscription.
Norwegian on the Web: Free English/Norwegian grammar book (PDF)"
www.Grammatikk.com - Norwegian grammar explained in English
Exploring Norwegian Grammar: Online exercises (free of charge) + Printed grammar book (purchasable)
Bridge to Norway: Norwegian Grammar
Grammar resources provided by Bnorsk.no (in Norwegian, not in English):
Download a free 2-page overview of Norwegian grammar (PDF) from www.Gram.Bnorsk.no.
Learn how to create good sentences in Norwegian at www.Setning.Bnorsk.no.
Learn more about Norwegian grammar at www.G.Bnorsk.no.
Read texts in Norwegian and then take a brief reading comprehension test at www.Lesetest.Bnorsk.no (choose level A1 or A2 if you are a beginner).
Read short texts in Norwegian at www.Lesnorsk.no.
Discover other websites where you can practice reading at www.Les.Bnorsk.no.
f) Free Online Norwegian Courses
Norwegian on the Web (A1-A2) (Free Norwegian Course from NTNU):
LearnNow (Free Norwegian course from NTNU).
Find more free online Norwegian courses at www.GratisKurs.Bnorsk.no.
Duolingo Norsk - Bokmål (choose free plan or upgrade to paid subscription).
Mondly (choose free plan or upgrade to paid subscription).
Babbel - lær norsk (choose free plan or upgrade to paid subscription).
Lingo Play (choose free plan or upgrade to paid subscription).
Norwegian on the Web: Free English/Norwegian textbook (PDF).
Learn Now: Free Enlish/Norwegian textbook (PDF)
Sett i gang: Free online curriculum (free account required)
Norsk på 1-2-3 (A1-A2): Printed textbook (purchasable) + Online exercises (free)
Bnorsk.no: List of other purchasable Norwegian textbooks, with accompanying online exercises (of which some are free, and some are not)
2. Resources from Bnorsk.no for beginners:
Below, you can find various free online resources for beginners provided by Bnorsk.no. These resources are only in the Norwegian language. However, these pages are so self-explanatory that you should be able to understand pretty much all of the content even if you hardly speak a word of Norwegian yet. So don´t hesitate, but click on some of the icons below to start learning :-).
Start learning essential Norwegian vocabulary now! Each of the following pages include photos of the vocabulary you are learning, so it is easy to understand even though English translation is not provided :-).
b) Introduce Yourself! / Get to Know Others!
Learn how to introduce yourself in Norwegian, and read these short text where other people introduce themselves. You may want to start with the story about Anita, as that text includes photos which explain key words and phrases.
c) Letters and Numbers:
Here you can learn letters, numbers and ordinal numbers in Norwegian.
3. Free Resources for the Next Level
So, what do you do when you are not a beginner anymore? If you have learned basic Norwegian and are ready to learn more, then it is time to start making use of the rest of the resources provided by Bnorsk.no. Most of the resources listed in the menu below are only available in Norwegian. However, now that you have learned basic Norwegian, you should be able to make use of these resources :-).
ONLINE NORWEGIAN COURSE: Take the popular online Norwegian Course "The Mystery of Nils" (level A1-A2 or level B1-B2)!