Norwegian listening practice for beginners: Norsk

I will talk about the Norwegian language, how many speaks it, and to which languages it is related (Danish, Swedish and other north-Germanic languages). Following this brief overview, I will talk about dialects in Norway and why we have so many of them, mainly due to natural barriers such as mountains and fjords, and the fact that the country is sparsely populated. There are roughly four main dialects in Norway: Western, eastern, southern and northern. Norwegians will speak their dialect with each other, but might change to “bokmål” or even English when speaking with foreigners.