Mysteriet om Nils (Part 2) (Norwegian Textbook Level B1-B2)

Norwegian Textbook | Norwegian Language BooksThis course book takes up the story about “nissedukken” Nils where “The Mystery of Nils” left off. Most of the story in this second part takes place in Tromsø in Northern Norway.

Just as the previous book, this Norwegian textbook is built up to read as a novel. It is not necessary to have read “The Mystery of Nils” prior to starting using this textbook. You will find a summary of Part 1 at the beginning of Part 2, which lets you catch up with the story. This part of this Norwegian textbook also contains a review of the grammar covered in the previous book.

The reading texts in the book have been crafted around the most frequently used words in the Norwegian language. The authors have also added additional material containing conversation topics, which will prepare you for life in Norway.


Details of “Mysteriet om Nils” (A Norwegian Textbook)

This book is aligned with CEFR levels B1-B2 and each unit consists of a reading text. Unusually, the book has a printed wordlist in the margin. As this Norwegian textbook is at level B1/B2, the wordlist is Norwegian – Norwegian. However, the Norwegian explanations used are clear and concise, and should definitely make it easier for learners understand the text without constantly referring to a dictionary.

The reading texts are interspersed by grammar explanations – all in clear and uncomplicated Norwegian. In an attempt to make a rather boring subject more fun, the authors have included hand-drawn sketches that clearly illustrate the grammar point(s) being explained.

There are a few exercises in the book, but not nearly enough. However, the authors have added some free material to their website such as free exercises and pronunciation videos. This material can be accessed from their homepage on Nils.

This Norwegian textbook has been written by Norwegian teachers, and this is evident from how they reinforce the language by frequently reusing it. Each unit of the textbook is accompanied by audio material.

Unusually, the company behind the book also offers a paid correction service. Learners submit their written work and a teacher will correct and comment on the exercises. They also offer live lessons to learners.


The Verdict on “Mysteriet om Nils (A Norwegian Textbook)

An interesting and different book with clear and easy to follow grammar explanations in Norwegian. The textbook is comprehensive but falls a bit short when it comes to exercises. Even though the textbook is being supported by online exercises, it just is not enough of them!

If you are looking for a different approach to learning Norwegian, this is definitely the book for you!

CEFR levels covered: B1-B2

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Review Summary

An interesting Norwegian textbook at level B1-B2. The book has a new and different approach to teaching Norwegian. However, it could benefit from having more exercises accompanying it, but overall a good alternative.
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