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Norwegian-English Dictionary (1965)

by Einar Haugen

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For more than forty years, the Haugen Norwegian-English Dictionary has been regarded as the foremost resource for both learners and professionals using English and Norwegian. With more than 60,000 entries, it is esteemed for its breadth, its copious grammatical detail, and its rich idiomatic examples. In his introduction, Einar Haugen, a revered scholar and teacher of Norwegian to English speakers, provides a concise overview of the history of the language, presents the pronunciation of contemporary Norwegian, and introduces basic grammatical structures, including the inflection of nouns and adjectives and the declension of verbs.… (more)
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Do people review dictionaries? Whatever. This one's really good. It's got a pretty solid size to it, unlike so many translating dictionaries so it's pretty rare that the Norsk word you're looking up isn't there. It even has entries for irregular forms where guessing what the infinitive is and looking up that would be impractical. This book combines Bokmål and Nynorsk so you don't need to know which writing system a word belongs to beforehand (yay!) and clearly notes to which each belongs and any differences in inflection if the word appears in both. Best of all the definitions give multiple English synonyms so you can get a real feel for the word rather than being forced to treat it as the Norsk equivalent of a single English word. Oh, and it is really quite thorough about providing usage examples for turns of phrase that mean more than the sum of their parts.

The one thing that might be problematic for some is that it is strictly a Norsk/English dictionary so you can only look up Norsk words with English definitions. I've been using it almost exclusively to help as I learn to read Norsk and it serves me well. ( )
  fundevogel | Sep 30, 2013 |
This is the standard. Anything by Einar Haugen is gold, and he does an excellent job with this dictionary. Of course, the translations are only one way, so one must purchase the Collins English-Norwegian to get the other way round. ( )
  warwulff | Apr 10, 2009 |
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For more than forty years, the Haugen Norwegian-English Dictionary has been regarded as the foremost resource for both learners and professionals using English and Norwegian. With more than 60,000 entries, it is esteemed for its breadth, its copious grammatical detail, and its rich idiomatic examples. In his introduction, Einar Haugen, a revered scholar and teacher of Norwegian to English speakers, provides a concise overview of the history of the language, presents the pronunciation of contemporary Norwegian, and introduces basic grammatical structures, including the inflection of nouns and adjectives and the declension of verbs.

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