For this week's Mango Monday in honor of the Constitution Day (May 17) in Norway we will present Norwegian.

Norwegian is part of the Germanic language family that includes English, German, Swedish and a few others. It is spoken by 5 million speakers mostly in Norway. Norwegian uses the Latin alphabet, so new learners will not have to learn to read a new script. There are some sources that contend that Norwegian may be the easiest language for a native English speaker to learn, but you'll have to try it to find out!

One of the biggest draws to Norway is its beautiful nature. You may want to use Mango or Pronunciator to prepare for travel plans. Mango describes Norway the following: "Travel back in time to the land of the Vikings and trek your very own path through Norway’s breathtaking glaciers, fjords, and mountains. Embrace the country’s lively folk music, strong farm culture, and unique cuisine and end the night at a friendly neighborhood pub. When you’re feeling adventurous, travel to Northern Norway to view the legendary Northern Lights, cruise the Lofoten Islands, or take in the view from atop the Jotunheimen Mountains – the tallest mountains in Norway. There’s no telling where your Norwegian expedition will take you, so you might as well find out."

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here are some phrases you can learn from Chapter 12: My Favorite Season is Summer

  • My favorite season is summer. Sommeren er min favorittårstid.
  • It has the best weather. Da er det best vær.
  • What do you like to do during summer? Hva liker du å gjøre om sommeren?
  • I enjoy going to the beach. Jeg liker å dra på stranda.
  • Me, too! I like playing in the sand. Jeg også! Jeg liker å leke i sanden.

Norwegian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.