Since you have come here, you probably do not lack the willingness to learn Norwegian. If you are starting or resuming your adventure with Norwegian, the most important thing you need now is a good plan. I will help you prepare it.
First of all, you should answer two basic questions:
What financial resources do you have?
How much time can you devote to learning?
If you have a lot of free time and a lot of money, there is nothing to talk about. All you have to do is to want. As a rule, however, there is at least one missing. What then?
We have at least two options: Language course (group or individual) or self-study.
If you want to enroll in a language course because you don’t have time, I won’t hide the fact that you’ll just throw money away. Without extra work at home, you can ensure that you at most maintain the level at which you are. The advantage of the course is that you will not cancel classes. Especially if you paid for them in advance. The course provides you with regularity, and this is essential for learning.
If you have no money or you cannot enrol in a course (e.g. if there is no one in your place), you will have to study for yourself. This does not put you at all in a disadvantage. Learning Norwegian independently is difficult because it requires a lot of self-discipline, but it is the most effective.
I don’t have time to learn a language
Have you met with the opinion that someone wants to learn a language but does not have time? This is a weak excuse for me. I think they don’t want to learn at all. Or they simply have different priorities. If you are looking for time to learn, think about a few things. How many hours do you spend in front of the TV every day? How many minutes does it take you to watch videos on YouTube? How much time do you spend on social media? Think about what else you can give up in favour of daily practice. Systematicity is the basis.
Use mixed techniques.
Do the things you enjoy first. If you get bored, change them. There are many methods. One day you can take care of listening, reading articles or a book lesson, another time you write dialogues, sentences with difficult words or essays. Some people watch movies or read books. It is important that you find these methods interesting and fun.
Your plan should be ambitious.
Ambitious for you, not someone else. That is why it is so important that you prepare it yourself. We often tend to set too ambitious plans. I know that you have a lot of enthusiasm to learn and you feel that you can devote a lot of time to it. Take the past and present into account when planning. Don’t think that you’ll reorganize your whole life from day to day and you’ll find much more time to learn.
A good plan is a real plan.
It’s one that allows you to take a break from learning for a while. Everyone sometimes has a worse day or doesn’t feel like it. Learning a language means constant ups and downs. If you didn’t do anything one day, nothing happened. Maybe the next day you will be extremely productive.
Verify your plans with what you actually managed to achieve. If necessary, you will change them (probably it will be). Knowing how much time you have spent is really valuable. If the plan was easy to implement it means that you can plan something else. If it is difficult – try to keep it.
Don’t plan to study for years or months.
It is very difficult to do it. It will be much easier for you if you divide the way to your goal into smaller sections. Start with a plan for a week or a few weeks to come. Then analyze and modify your plan for the following weeks.
I no longer need a plan
Do you know what is the funniest way to plan your language learning?
… that once you have found your favourite learning methods, you won’t need them.
When you start, planning is helpful. Over time, learning becomes a habit. You won’t need a plan if you don’t distinguish between learning and enjoying your free time. Reading a book or talking to a friend in Norwegian is also learning. You will constantly develop your vocabulary, correct pronunciation and eliminate mistakes. This is a long but very rewarding road.
To sum up
When you start learning a language, you must first learn how to learn. Setting up a very specific plan is a very helpful tool at this stage. You will change, adjust, plan anew until you no longer need it. You want your systematic work to become a habit and pleasure. Remember that unrealized goals are not a failure. Treat them as lessons about what methods are good for you and what are not. If your plan was too ambitious, then know that the realized part of it is also a reason to be proud! Every day your goal is closer to being achieved and this gives motivation. Remember, however, that the way to achieve it should also be pleasant. Everything depends on your attitude. Be positive and you will see faster results. Still wondering how to start?