When you're learning Norwegian, there are many methods you can try. But one of the best ways to improve your language skills is by reading short stories.
Reading stories introduces the language naturally. Instead of learning endless, unrelated grammar rules, you see how they work in the flow of a story. Gradually, you even know how to think in Norwegian.
It can be challenging to find books written at the right level for language learners, but if you're looking for one of the best, I can recommend:
In this article, I'll explain the powerful role of stories in language learning and tell you exactly what to expect from this Norwegian short story book.
Why Learning Through Short Stories Is So Valuable
I've been teaching and learning languages for years now and have tried all sorts of methods. I've found that an input-based method is the most effective, particularly if it's based on reading fiction.
At the beginner (and even intermediate) levels, a whole novel is hard to get through, but the short stories in this book are exactly the right length.
When you read stories in Norwegian, it makes language learning fun again. You're no longer grinding away at study. Instead, you're reading and absorbing language naturally, which makes the day-to-day learning experience rich and rewarding.
But why would you learn with short stories instead of other traditional study materials?
Here's why reading stories works so well.
- You meet words in context. It can be tricky to work out new words, but it's much easier to understand what they mean when you come across them in the context of a story.
- You can follow the plot. It is easier to understand and follow a series of relatable events in a story than to struggle through a set of exercises. That is why fiction is perfect for language learning. It makes the whole reading experience more enjoyable and effective.
- You get emotionally involved. Stories engage you emotionally with the characters making the language more memorable and study time more fun.
All in all, stories draw you in — you can't help but want to keep reading. Before you realise it, you've read a page and then a chapter. Next thing you know, you've read the whole story and are heading for the next.
Completing a story and then a whole book in a new language gives you enormous satisfaction and a real sense of achievement.
That's the beauty of reading short stories in Norwegian. They are fun, entertaining and educational all at the same time.
Introducing… Short Stories In Norwegian
So far, I've published one short story book in Norwegian:
You won't find a Norwegian study method quite like this one anywhere else because this book uses my unique StoryLearning® approach to teach you naturally.
Instead of learning by reading about a rule and then completing a set of exercises, the StoryLearning® approach lets you absorb Norwegian while reading entertaining stories at a high-beginner level.
The book features eight captivating stories, written especially for high-beginner to low-intermediate learners of Norwegian. That's A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
You'll find stories of all genres; science fiction, fantasy, crime, thriller and more. And because you're reading a short story in Norwegian at your level, you can concentrate on following the plot without becoming frustrated or overwhelmed.
The result? Learning Norwegian becomes easy and enjoyable instead of a painful procedure.
What's Included In This Short Story In Norwegian Book?
All my short story books are designed to be fun, easy to use and comprehensive, so you get the most out of your learning.
Inside Short Stories in Norwegian For Beginners you'll find:
- Enjoyable reading practice, designed explicitly for the A2-B1 level so you can spend your time with the story instead of feeling overwhelmed by a wall of text you don't understand.
- Chapter summaries and comprehension questions which guide you through the plot and check your understanding.
- Accessible grammar meaning you learn new structures naturally, and in context.
- Authentic spoken dialogues introduce you to conversational expressions, improving your speaking ability while you read.
- Controlled language at your level helps you progress confidently through the stories. You'll repeatedly meet these words throughout the stories, which means you'll learn to recognise them easily.
- Vocabulary lists Throughout the stories, bolded words are listed at the end of each chapter so you can quickly look up unfamiliar terms without interrupting your flow.
- Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations set the scene and bring the stories to life, making what you read so memorable.
Audio Recordings Let You Listen And Read At The Same Time
But what if you want to practice your Norwegian listening while you read?
Fortunately, we've got you covered there, too. If you prefer, you can purchase a high-quality new audio recording of Short Stories in Norwegian (Sold separately).
The great thing about audiobooks is you can read the words and hear them at the same time. Your brain loves getting information in different ways, so it makes sense to see and hear the flow of sentences in a story.
You can also download a handy, interactive app onto your phone, so you can read, listen and learn on the go.
Don't wait for a minute longer! Let our short stories guide your Norwegian language learning today.
About The Author
In case you’re new here, let me introduce myself. My name is Olly Richards and I’m a language educator, author and polyglot from the UK, who speaks 8 languages.
I’ve created dozens of critically acclaimed language courses and published a best-selling series of short story books in sixteen languages.
I’ve also been featured widely in international press from the BBC to the Independent, and am a regular speaker at international language events.
What Do Readers Say About These Short Story Books?
Students from around the globe love learning with my short story books. But don’t take my word for it.
Here’s how readers describe the experience of learning with short stories:
Language Teachers Love These Short Story Books Too
As you can see, language learners around the world love learning with Short Stories in Norwegian. But they’re not the only ones…
Language teachers often tell me how much they enjoy using these stories in their lessons because they make learning fun and minimise all those hours of stressful lesson prep.
Supplementary teaching materials are available to accompany these books for teachers who want quick, easy, and engaging supplementary materials for their lessons.
If you’re a teacher, click here to find out more.
Short Stories In Norwegian: A Great Way To Learn Fast & Have Fun!
As you can see, reading short stories in Norwegian is one of the best things you can do to improve your language skills.
And best of all… it allows you to learn the language in a fun and natural way, without memorising long lists of words and grammar rules.
So what are you waiting for?
Head on over to Amazon or your favourite local bookshop and grab your copy of my short story in Norwegian book now!
Click the link below to purchase your copy (available in Kindle & Paperback):