If you plan on staying in Norway for a while, it’s best to learn norsk. You can get away with speaking English in Trondheim but you won’t experience a true connection with Norwegians without learning their language. Learning norsk is also a requirement for the Norwegian permanent residency and it’s a prerequisite for most jobs. It’s better to learn the language sooner rather than later.
There are many resources available to learn norsk.
- Free-I would recommend that you get started with NOW – Norwegian on the Web. It’s a free online program by NTNU designed for their students but open to everyone. The program is divided into 10 chapters. You can start the program without knowing any norsk at all. It will systematically walk you through Norwegian vocabulary, grammar, pronunciations and sentences. After completing the set of 10 chapters, you would have attained A2 level language proficiency. Here’s the link: http://www.ntnu.edu/now/
- Classes at NTNU: For those who need a classroom environment to learn a language, NTNU offers a Norwegian course. The classes are divided between A1, A2, B1 and B2 level. You can apply according to your level. To get more information, follow this link: https://www.ntnu.edu/norwegiancourse
- Free–Language Cafe at the Trondheim Library: The main library in Trondheim holds a “Language Cafe” on a regular basis. It’s a great opportunity for foreigners to practice their norsk. The groups are divided by their level of fluency so don’t feel overwhelmed. You can check out the events page of the library for more information. https://www.trondheim.kommune.no/content/1117702439/Delta