lafting fosen folk school
lafting fosen folk school

Learning Norwegian

Norwegian is the main language spoken at school in both formal and informal settings. You will also be exposed to other Scandinavian languages such as Danish and Swedish. We encourage you to learn as much Norwegian as possible before you come here, both for social, practical and educational reasons.

Below, you will find some online resources for learning Norwegian before your arrival at school.

During the fall semester we will arrange some study group sessions, where Norwegian-learners gather to study the language together, sometimes with the support of a teacher. There is also the expectation of individual study and engagement in the learning of the Norwegian language. We encourage students to work with their peers and practice in any school setting to improve their Norwegian.

We strongly emphasize that it is in your best interest to make a continued effort to learn Norwegian, otherwise this can be a quite overwhelming experience.

But, all teachers speak English as a second language (to varying degrees) and will give you an English summary of the key points of lectures or instructions upon request.
Just let us know!


Online resources

We encourage all language learners to channel their excitement for the fall into practicing Norwegian as much as possible before your arrival at school! Here are some online resources to help you get started:

Learn Now

LearnNow is one of the best free Norwegian courses available online.


CALST is an online language training platform for improving your pronunciation, which covers 1000 Norwegian words and phrases. Here you can hear how Norwegian is spoken, and the best thing is that you can choose between various dialects.


This course is exactly what a beginner needs to know. Easy and accessible!


Smartphone app (and website version) for learning multiple lenguages, including Norwegian Bokmål and Danish.


If you prefer video, check out Norsklærer Karense and Norwegian Teacher Karin on youtube.

Book: Sett i gang

If you prefer books to online resources, we recommend buying and working through the book Sett i gang 1: An Introductory Norwegian Curriculum by Kari Lie Dorer & Nancy Aarsvold.


Grammatikk.com offers you short and clear explanations on everything that has to do with Norwegian grammar. A range of grammatical exercises can be found at IGIN and Exploring Norwegian Grammar. From here you can download a short overview of Norwegian grammar in English.

It is worth checking The National Library’s catalogue to see if the old editions of textbooks and grammar books are available. Almost all books published before 2000 have been digitalised, and the access to those is free of charge. For instance, this book is a classic and is available both in English and Norwegian.

Other ideas

Other fun ways to familiarize yourself with Norwegian language include watching movies with subtitles, listening to podcasts, and writing down common words and phrases.