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WELCOME TO NORWORD
Thank you for joining NorWord, the internet mailing list that will teach
you a Norwegian phrase every day. As of today, NorWord has over 300
subscribers from such countries as the U.S., Canada, Japan, Taiwan, New
Zealand, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Great Britain, and Norway. We hope that
the list will help you improve your Norwegian and get to know other people
interested in Norway.
On each weekday, you will receive a lesson with the phrase or word of the
day, its meaning, pronunciation, grammatical information, examples of use,
and related words and phrases.
Each week, NorWord will focus on a theme related to common objects,
people, and activities. Below is a list of the themes for the months of
April and May.
April 3-9: Personal Identity (greetings, name, hometown, etc.)
April 10-16: Spring (weather, activities) / Easter (activities)
April 17-23: Work / School / Leisure Activities
April 24-30: Meals / Breakfast (foods, drinks, eating places)
May 1-7: Entertainment
May 8-14: Classroom Objects and Phrases
May 15-21: May 17th (Norway's Constitution Day)
May 22-28: Sports and Outdoor Life
May 29-June 4: Immediate Family
The NorWord weekend lessons will include a variety of material. On
Saturdays, we will present basic grammar and pronunciation information in a
more systematic way than on weekdays. There will also be a short cultural
article in English written by members of the Norwegian Teachers Association
of North America (NorTANA) or by NorWord list subscribers.
On Sundays, we would like to present a selection of short descriptions,
narrations, or conversations written in NORWEGIAN by NorWord list
subscribers. It will be a good opportunity for list members to learn more
about each other as well as a chance to read more extended discourse
relating to the theme of the week. It is not required that you contribute,
but we hope that many of you will. On Fridays each week, we will give you
suggestions for writing topics.
INFORMATION ON SPECIAL NORWEGIAN CHARACTERS AND PHONETIC SYMBOLS
No longer relevent for NorWord i reprise on the web
One of the difficulties of presenting foreign language lessons via e-mail
is that phonetic symbols and the special Norwegian characters do not
transfer well across the many different e-mail systems used by subscribers.
As a result, we will do our best to indicate the proper pronunciation
without the use of phonetic symbols, and we will use the following vowels
to replace the Norwegian special characters:
ABOUT THE LIST OWNERS
This project is a cooperative effort of the Less Commonly Taught Languages
Project [LCTL] at the University of Minnesota and the Norwegian Teachers
Association in North America [NorTANA].
Louis Janus <email deleted> is currently the Network
Coordinator of the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project at the University
of Minnesota. He has taught Norwegian for many years, at a variety of
Nancy Aarsvold <email deleted> is a Norwegian Instructor at Augsburg
College in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a board member for the Norwegian
Teachers Association in North America (NorTANA).
* Nancy Aarsvold *
! Norwegian Instructor !
* Augsburg College *
! Minneapolis, MN 55454 !
Return to NorWord
NorWord was originally written during summer and fall of 1995, by Nancy Aarsvold (currently at St. Olaf College) and Louis Janus, (currently at CARLA, U of Minnesota). The lessons presented above have been edited to use proper æ, ø and å characters on the web.
An updated and improved version with sounds and grammatical explanations is now available on KlikkNorsk published by Skandisk.
Contact Louis Janus with comments. Aarsvold and Janus hold the copyright © 2006.