This article is in English
Yes, reading can be boring, especially in a new language. But forget everything your school teachers told you to read and reconsider “reading”. It can actually be a lot of fun and takes less effort than you think! “Reading” can mean reading short phrases and words. Step by step!
Why should you read? A big part of language learning happens automatically when you see or hear words over and over again. Just like when children start acquiring the language they hear from their parents a long time before they start to speak, you can also save a lot of passive knowledge in a language just from observing Norwegian words around you.
The more you expose yourself to Norwegian written words, the more you’ll absorb the language unconsciously.
Here’s a list of 5 things you should be “reading” that aren’t boring
Forget the textbooks for now!
Below is a list of some more fun and unconventional things you could be reading which have been working great for many of my students.
- Change your Facebook interface (or other sites you use often) to Norwegian. It will be a challenge at first, but just think about it: you probably know most of the buttons by heart and know where to click. Soon you’ll get used to the Norwegian buttons and learn them too, with not much effort!
- Read children’s books. You don’t have to read about Winnie the Pooh. Pick something that interests you, e.g. football, plants, cooking, and read books intended for children in those topics. Maybe read a story you already know quite well? Easy, fun and interesting!
- The easy-to-understand newspaper Klar Tale is a great alternative to regular Norwegian newspapers if you are interested in news and current affairs. It’d recommend it for intermediate to advanced students or if you want an extra challenge. Klar Tale’s online newspaper also has the option to listen to the articles, do Norwegian tasks and listen to a podcast. And a really interesting feature is Nyheter i Bilder which provides little illustrations above the text to help you understand the meaning.
- Read advertising posters and public posters on the metro! Advertising copy is often really short, simple and straight to the point. This makes it perfect for reading and learning Norwegian! Take a photo of them, check any unknown words in a dictionary, or bring the photo to your teacher to clarify new words.
- Turn on the Norwegian subtitles on the TV or on “nett-TV”! Whether you are watching something in Norwegian or a different language, having the subtitles on will help you get exposed to more written Norwegian. Maybe you know many words when you hear them spoken out loud, but hold on a second, is that how you spell it??
Are there any things you like reading in Norwegian that isn’t on this list? Feel free to comment 🙂
Ps: Digital Norwegian or I don’t have any affiliation with the brands mentioned here. This is purely some advice based on experience!