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Norwegian for beginners

Norwegian for beginners is for those who want a thorough, practical introduction to the language. The aim is to quickly be able to get by in simple everyday situations.

Language teaching is undertaken using a communicative method. Participants  are encouraged to use the language actively in practical, everyday situations, with plenty of opportunities to practice and repeat. The aim is that participants quickly gain confidence using the language.

Folkeuniversitetet is an officially recognized provider of tuition. Hours undertaken in our Norwegian courses are approved by the UDI in applications for a permanent residence permit.

Norwegian for beginners

About the course

In this course you learn

• basic grammar and pronunciation

• words and phrases to introduce yourself and ask others questions about themselves

• words and phrases related to everyday situations

• how to ask and answer questions as well as express basic agreement / disagreement

• write simple texts

• read simple texts such as menus, advertisements etc.

The learning goals above, apply to all of beginner level A1. There are also individual beginner courses covering different parts of this level, see course overview.


Who is the course for?

Norwegian for beginners is suitable for those who have little or no prior knowledge of Norwegian and want a solid foundation to begin communicating in Norwegian.

What you learn at the beginner level also serves as a good basis for further learning of Norwegian for studies and / or at work.



Instruction consists of listening exercises, group work, role play, oral exercises / conversation, presentations and homework. The courses can be taken as ordinary classroom teaching, online teaching or a combination of these.



Our teachers have training in teaching Norwegian and/or Norwegian as a Second Language (NSL). They also have experience in Teaching Norwegian for language minorities.


You receive a diploma if you have attended 75% of classes. After level A2 you may take Norskprøve A1-A2. More information at

Where to now?

After Norwegian for Beginners we recommend you take Norwegian for  Pre-intermediate learners (CEFR level A2). This takes you to Norwegian level A2. Following these first two courses you can take the Norwegian test A1-A2. For more information, see

The language requirement to seek permanent residency and / or Norwegian citizenship is level A2.

Questions? Please contact one of our course centers.

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