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Places to practice your Norwegian in Oslo

Practice makes perfect, especially when learning a new language. Here are some places where you can practice your Norwegian in Oslo. 

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There are a number of places in Oslo where you can practice your language skills. Pictured is the Deichman Bjørvika, which holds language cafes every Monday.Photo by Ranurte on Unsplash

Learning Norwegian is a challenge shared by all newcomers to the country. It can also be a tricky language to master. 

Due to the high level of English proficiency among Norwegians, it can also be hard to put your skills to the test as the locals may switch to English when they hear an accent or know you are foreign. 

While they mean no harm and do this out of politeness, it can make mastering the language trickier as getting in good practice can be an uphill battle. 

Luckily, there are still plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and try and nail down some of the finer points of the language. 

Here are several places in Oslo where you can practice your Norwegian skills with others. 

Diechman Bjørvika

Spread over six floors, Oslo’s main library is just a stone’s throw from the opera house and is home to all manner of events. 

Every Monday, except for public holidays, the Red Cross holds Norwegian language training at 5pm for people who want to practice their skills with others

Tickets are handed out on the fourth floor from 16:30, and the language training takes place on the fifth floor. The event runs for 2 hours. 

You can practice with other participants, which can help you also network and make friends if you are a new arrival, or with volunteers from the Red Cross. 

Other Diechman libraries

Bjørvika isn’t the only library that holds a weekly Norwegian practice. Diechman Grünerløkka also holds a “språkkafe” or language café evert Monday. 

The event begins at the same time and is also run by the Red Cross. 

Other Diechman libraries also hold events. The one in Stovner has drop-in sessions between 1pm and 2pm on Friday afternoons. The group there do language exercises and prep for Norwegian language tests, and talk about current affairs. 

On Wednesdays, Diechman Oppsal also holds a Norwegian language café, meaning plenty of options are available based on your schedule. 

You can see the complete list of Språkkafes run by Deichman here

Language café on Facebook

On Facebook, there is also the public group “Language Café“. The group is for language lovers in Oslo, and the meets every Monday at Kafe Asylet in Grønland. However, the group is for all language learners, so it doesn’t focus as intensely on Norwegian as other places. 

Although, there will still be opportunities to buddy up with Norwegian speakers and, depending on the languages you speak, you may be able to teach them something too. 

Red Cross Norsktrenning

In addition to the events it holds in the Deichman Bjørvika and Grünerløkka, the Red Cross also holds Norwegian language practice at Furuset Library on Tuesdays and at Hausmanns Gate 23 on Tuesdays and Saturdays

It also holds Norwegian digital practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Participants are placed into groups based on their proficiency, meaning you’ll be practicing with people at a similar level. 

For students

If you are an international student in Norway, then most universities will also host regular språkkafes for their students. The University of Oslo, for example, holds regular language cafes.

 Språkkafe.no

The website is aimed at those who want to learn the Norwegian language and find a place where they can practice their skills. 

The website currently has free language cafes in Porsgrunn Bibliotek and Bøler advertised on its site. In addition to providing details on where to find a language café, there are also plenty of links and resources on free language courses that can help get your lingo up to scratch. 

Language exchange

Another option would be a language exchange site. These websites typically pair up two people who want to learn each other’s language. This can be harder for somebody who only has English under their belt. The reason is that most in Norway already have a solid grasp of the language. 

Instead, this is an option that would be better for somebody who speaks a language another language in addition to English. Tandem is a language exchange site you could try. 

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Best things to do in Oslo in summer 2022 

Whether it's new attractions, the best nature spots, or budget-friendly travel hacks, these are some of the best things that tourists and locals can do in the Norwegian capital of Oslo this summer.

Best things to do in Oslo in summer 2022 

Oslo has something for everyone, and, arguably, summer is the best time to experience the city. 

We’ve put together a list of the best activities, attractions and things to do this year, regardless of whether you are a local, just visiting, outdoorsy or prefer the walls of a museum. 

The list includes plenty of budget-friendly hacks, meaning they won’t break the bank either. 

New national museum opens  

In June, the doors to Norway’s new national museum will open to the public for the first time. Norway’s new national museum will be the combination of four other museums, including the old National Gallery. 

The museum, which hosts some of Norway’s most iconic artworks, including Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”, will become the largest museum in the Nordics when it opens. 

The museum is located in Aker Brygge, west Oslo, just a small trot from the palace and town hall. The museum will open on June 11th. You can read more about the museum here

Island hopping 

Staying in Aker Brygge for our next pick, a popular activity among the locals in the summer is to go island hopping in the island fjord. 

Once on the islands, there are plenty of opportunities for walking, swimming and picnics. This won’t break the bank either, as you can use the public transport Ruter app to the islands. While on the ferry, you’ll have a pretty good view too. So for around 70 kroner (two 1 hour singles), you can have an afternoon spent in the sun amongst the residents of Oslo rather than being crammed onto a tour boat. 

READ MORE: How tourists in Oslo can save money and live like a local

Go on a hammock trip 

Given Norway’s abundance of nature, its only fair camping would pop up. But there’s no need for all the faff of messing about with tents. 

Oslo’s residents agree, and hammocks are more common in the capital. There are plenty of great spots for a hammock trip in the capital. 

Most of them you can take public transport too, and even more, you can combine with other activities such as swimming, hiking and biking. 

READ MORE: Five great places to go on a hammock trip in Oslo this summer

Palace reopens

The Royal Palace will open its door to the public from June 25th. The castle will be open until mid-August. The castle is open for guided tours only. The tours will travel through iconic rooms such as the Council Chamber, where King meets the government, and the Great Dining Room. 

This summer marks the first time the palace will have been open to the public for two years, after closing due to the pandemic.

Tours this year will focus on the White Lounge, which has been freshly restored. Tickets start from 175 kroner. You can click here for more information

Take a dip

From central locations, a stone’s throw from the city centre to secluded lakes, or in the river that runs through the city’s centre, there are plenty of locations to take a dip in Oslo. 

Summers in Norway can be pretty warm, and with the long days going for a swim makes perfect sense. 

The overwhelming majority of spots are open to the public, and there are even a few small sandy beaches, such as Katten badenstrand. 

READ MORE: The six best places to swim outdoors in Oslo this summer 

Picnic and engagnsgrill in the park

There are plenty of fantastic parks in Oslo, and a lot of them are major attractions too. 

Vigeland Park is one of the Norwegian capital’s most famous attractions. Home to over 200 sculptures by Gustav Vigeland, designer of the Nobel Peace Prize medal and the famous Angry Boy statue, Vigelandsparken is an essential destination.

However, it isn’t the only park where you can take a stroll while admiring some sculptures. 

Ekeberg Sculpture Park, close to downtown Oslo, is another park with international-renowned works, such as Venus Milo aux Tiroirs by Salvadore Dali. 

Add to that the fact that you can have a disposable grill, engangsgrill, or picnic in the park, too, and that’s an added bonus. 

READ MORE: What are the rules and culture of park life in Norway?

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