The FSI Norwegian Headstart course consists of eight units. Each unit is divided into five sections.
Section 1 lists the learning objectives of the unit, giving the teacher and the student a clear view of what the student should be able to say and understand after he has finished the unit.
Section 2 contains all the words and phrases used in the unit. It is suggested that the teacher read through the list two or three times thus affording the student the opportunity to hear the pronunciation of the Norwegian words.
Section 3 presents the material as it is actually used, in the form that the student will either have to speak or the form that he will hear, and in the situation in which he will use or hear the sentences.
Section 4 contains exercises to be conducted by the teacher in class, giving the student an opportunity to engage in limited conversation.
Section 5 consists of dialogues which are composed of the various sentences found in the presentation in different sequences.
Section 6 is made up of exercises that will help you when trying to make a reservation and check in to a hotel.
Section 7 will teach you basic Norwegian vocabulary to use when traveling.
Section 8 contains dialogues that will be useful for social gatherings and parties.
The units may be studied in any order, that is, the sequence of Unit 1 through Unit 8 need not be followed. The only restriction in order of units is that Unit 3 cannot be taught without having completed Unit 2. It is suggested that no matter what sequence the units are studied in, Unit 2, which teaches the numbers be included in all the classes using this material.
Norwegian is a North Germanic language spoken primarily in Norway, where it is the official language. Together with Swedish and Danish, Norwegian forms a continuum of more or less mutually intelligible local and regional variants (see Danish language).These Scandinavian languages together with the Faroese language and Icelandic language, as well as some extinct languages, constitute the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages). Faroese and Icelandic are hardly mutually intelligible with Norwegian in their spoken form, because continental Scandinavian has diverged from them. As established by law and governmental policy, there are two official forms of written Norwegian Bokmål (literally "book tongue") and Nynorsk (literally "new Norwegian"). The Norwegian Language Council is responsible for regulating the two forms, and recommends the terms "Norwegian Bokmël" and "Norwegian Nynorsk" in English. Two other written forms without official status also exist. The major one being Riksmél ("national language"), which is somewhat closer to the Danish language, but today is to a large extent the same language as Bokmål. It is regulated by the Norwegian Academy, which translates the name as "Standard Norwegian". The other being Hgnorsk ("High Norwegian") that is a more purist form of Nynorsk, which maintains the language in an original form as given by Ivar Aasen and rejects most of the reforms from the 20th century. This form of Nynorsk has very limited use.
Norwegian is spoken in: Norway
Norwegian is also called: Norsk