Learning Norwegian (Norge)

Where should I even begin? I am surprised at how desperate I am with wanting to learn and speak the language as quickly as I can. And I guess due to my desperation, I am still at no where with my language after 1 month in Norway. It is even harder having to learn it yourself at home.

I had to give myself a reality check just recently and a whack on the head. It’s a total new language group that I have zero background in. It is tough and it will be tough. And yes, there are people who seem to just pick it up like peanuts but it hasn’t been for me. I guess perhaps my learning style was wrong plus my impatience didn’t help either. I am frustrated. I truly am.

So after a good reflection on myself – I have decided to restart this. Going back to the very beginning and re-do this. I need to do it the boring way as how I usually would. My biggest mistake is admiring those Youtubers or bloggers that claim to learn the language in 1-3 months.  It may work for them but not for me. And it can get really demotivating when reading how easy everyone seems to be claiming in learning a new language or how you can learn a language in 10 steps. What bull! I am going to lay the reality checks for you in simple terms.

  1. It’s NEVER EASY learning a new skill (in this case, a new language especially if the language is from another branch of language) that you are not exposed to.
  2. It takes TIME. Everyone’s capacity of learning a new language varies.
  3. It takes HARD WORK. Telling someone not to give up is easy but actually practicing it takes a whole heaps of DETERMINATION.
  4. COMMITMENT. Yup, essentially this will only work if you are committed to it.
  5. CUSTOMISE what other people have done to YOUR way. You know what works and what don’t in terms of your own learning. So stick to it.

Right as for me, I figured that I need to put in the hard work doing it the ways how I usually learn. I am predominantly a kinaesthetic learner and I need to keep my fingers busy to learn.

Kinesthetic learning (American English), kinaesthetic learning (British English), or tactile learning is a learning style in which learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. People with a preference for kinesthetic learning are also commonly known as “do-ers”. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinesthetic_learning)

This means not only I am watching (online resources), writing (jotting notes) and listening at the same time. I will need to include drawing charts, diagrams, using flashcards, colours, movements, etc. It won’t work for me by just listening. Therefore, I always prefer going to classes as opposed to podcast learning.

So what’s your learning styles?

Anyhow, as an end note I did find a website that I am currently using and find it really good. It is called NorwegianABC. I am not sure what’s the outcome yet to my new way of learning but I sure hope it get me somewhere with some basics in a month time. So wish me luck and I’ll give a review on the website about a month later and also how I have progress.

Ha det bra.

 

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