Norwegian-English Dictionary: A Pronouncing and Translating Dictionary of Modern Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk) with a Historical and Grammatical Introduction

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“Unsurpassed in its usefulness for both scholars and students.” —Louis Janus, President, Norwegian Researchers and Teachers Association of North America

About the Author

Einar Haugen (1906–1994) was the Victor S. Thomas Professor of Scandinavian and Linguistics at Harvard University and professor of Scandinavian studies and linguistics for many decades at the University of Wisconsin.

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press (May 15, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299038742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299038748
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Louis Janus on February 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a Scandinavian linguist and teacher of Norwegian, I highly recommend the Haugen Dictionary (known among Norwegian teachers and students as 'the green dictionary'). In this one compact volume, you'll find grammatical forms, both bokmål and nynorsk (and dialectal words), a summary of the history and morphology of Norwegian, idioms, pronunciation of almost all words, including vowel length and tonemes, usage examples from everyday speech as well as literary works, etc. etc. I've used the dictionary since I was in graduate school, and can't think of a time it failed to list a word I wanted to know.
As opposed to most other Scandinavian translating dictionaries, this one is aimed at Americans, rather than Scandinavians. Pronunciation guides are intended to help Americans. If you need to find Norwegian equivalents of English words, buy another dictionary. If you simply want the best for explaining Norwegian usage, this is the one to buy.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Julie A. Hall on February 25, 2001
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This book is for looking up the English meanings to Norwegian words. I'm in the process of helping someone translate a book he has written in Norway, and this book is PERFECT for the job. It contains both bokmål & nynorsk words, which is especially helpful to me because the book I'm trying to translate has both languages in it, too. There are many cross-references and examples of usage that are helpful in finding the best English equivalents of Norwegian words. There have been some words that the author I'm working with cannot translate into English, and I've found about 99% of those problem-words in this book. I don't really know very much Norwegian (yet!), and what knowledge I have is entirely self-taught. But this dictionary has made it possible for me to successfully do a good translation from Norwegian to English with a fair amount of ease, and to learn a LOT in the process! I would recommend it VERY highly! :-)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brian W. Capeloto, MD on June 15, 2000
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No question, absolutely the best dictionary I've seen for the English speaker learning Norwegian. The only Norwegian-English dictionary I know that indicates stress marks for each entry, notations for irregular noun and verb inflections, and also that includes Nynorsk entries along with Bokmål entries.
The lack of English to Norwegian is really not that important in that simpler bidirectional dictionaries or word lists will lead one to the target Norwegian word. It's how to USE that word that is important to language students -- Professor Haugen's dictionary does a great job in handling issues of stress and inflection.
I say again; absolutely invest in this dictionary!
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Cole on October 28, 1999
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Although this is only a norwegian-to-english dictionary, one strong feature of it is that it includes both Bokmal and Nynorsk, two types of written and spoken norwegian, both forms found in use today and in genealogical records. Excellent for the beginner or advanced student. Includes all variations of words as well as the root-word. Excellent introduction and reserach by Mr. Haugen.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Homola on March 8, 2001
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This dictionary is as good as everyone else describes. I'm learning Norwegian, and it was definitly worth buying....
Later... I'm now fluent in Norwegian and still use this dictionary several times per week to better understand the nuances of new words. If you're interested in Norwegian, buy this dictionary.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "zpkennedy" on June 7, 2004
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I am in the process of translating a book written entirely in Norwegian and published in 1934 and this dictionary has been a lifesaver. It covers Bokmål and Nynorsk and gives a brief, interesting history of the changes the language has undergone. Superb.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tara F. Chace on September 12, 1999
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I agree with Professor Janus. I've been teaching Norwegian in the Seattle area for the last 8 years and this is the dictionary I recommend to my students. It is also my own preferred dictionary. I've never seen another that came close to being as helpful as this one. For English to Norwegian, I recommend Willy Kirkeby's.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joe B on May 22, 2006
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My use of Haugen was to translate an old letter my parents left me having lost track of its origins. Long story, but I eventually found that an ancestor had written it nearly 250 years ago in Old Norwegian. I'm still not certain that I've transcribed and translated it without error, but the overall continuity says that I have -- thanks to Haugen.

With my task, I found the book's thorough coverage of Bokmal, Nynorsk, common forms, and dialects, particularly Nynorsk, indispensible. The history of the language also was most helpful. With no prior knowlege of Norwegian, I found the dictionary difficult to use at first, but as it taught me more about the language and its forms, its methods and value became more than apparent. I did have to cross-reference other sources for some archaic word forms, but Haugen was my bedrock. My copy now is so well worn I couldn't give it away. I went with Haugen based on its superior reviews as a N-E dictionary, and I would add mine.
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