Category Archives: Norwegian Language

Language learning opportunities

Now that a Norsk Samtalegruppe  (Norwegian Conversation group) is now launched and meeting the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the Lodge’s Nordic Hall, it appears a good time to say something again about a great online language learning resource available on our Sno-Isle Libraries website and to recommend still another online resource that was tracked down by one of our conversational group members.  Both resources can further help you sharpen your language skills..

The online language resource available from our local library via their website is Mango Languages. To get to this resource first go the Sno-Isle Libraries website.  On the horizontal orange bar that extends across the Home Page, left-click on Research, then left-click on  the box that says eLearning.  Once on the eLearning page, scroll down the list of resources to where you find Mango Languages, and left-click on it.  [ Mango Languages is the fourth resource in the list].  At this point you will be asked for your Sno-Isle Libraries card number and password.  Once you have entered that information, you will be connected to the Mango Languages start page where you can create an account, or do a ‘quick start’ to try it first. You’ll want to create an account though – and use it!  Mango‘s Norwegian Conversations uses real-life situations and actual conversations to effectively teach you the language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you’ll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you’ll know how they’re used in practical situations and conversations.

The second online resource is called Norwegian on the Web – NoW –  and can be found at is an online course in entry level Norwegian, where all the teaching aids are integrated on one website, free of charge. NoW has been developed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU, by experienced instructors.  The course is designed for foreign students at NTNU, but it is open to anyone wanting to learn Norwegian.

Try both these resources!  And perhaps stop in for Norsk Kaffe Tid some Thursday at the Nordic Hall!


Norwegian conversation and coffee

A Norsk Kaffe Tid!  Come practice your Norwegian conversational skills in a comfortable and safe environment.  This group, facilitated by a native-Norwegian-speaking member of the Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge, is now meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month from 10:00am to 11:30am.   Varying levels of skill in speaking solely in Norwegian are acceptable.  Lodge membership is not required.  Attendance is free of charge, but donations for coffee and use of building will be appreciated.  Nordic Hall, 63 Jacobs Rd., Coupeville.

The Whidbey Island Nordic Lodge hopes to offer additional language learning opportunities in the future.   Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, and Swedish speaking individuals, as well as those who speak Norwegian, are encouraged to contact the Nordic Lodge at if they would like to discuss these possibilities.

A new language learning opportunity!

Did you know that online Norwegian, Danish &  Finnish Language instruction is now available through the Sno-Isle Library System? Wow – what an opportunity to brush-up on languishing language skills, improve current ones, or learn for the first time how to speak & read one of these Scandinavian languages!

To access, first go to the Sno-Isle Library website. Then, in the orange bar under the Sno-Isle Libraries logo, click on Research, then on eLearning, and then on Mango Languages. At this point you will be asked for your library card number and your last name.  Upon entering this information you will find yourself on the Mango Languages Log-in page.    Create a profile for yourself here, and soon you will be able to log-in and begin learning!

Once in the Mango Languages database, click on the COURSES tab to choose the language you are interested in. You will have two options for each language:  Basic, where you can learn simple, practical skills for common, polite conversation situations in only a few short hours, and Complete 2.o, where you can learn in-depth and comprehensive language and grammar skills.  And yes, this is an audio as well as visual experience!

Try it!  Let us know how it works for you!

Lykke til!  Onnea!  Held og lykke!