10.6 Fluency and rhythm

The eight following exercises, picked from the book Flyt og rytme, will help you in obtaining more fluent speech and a more Norwegian-like speech rhythm. During the exercises you will be working with speakers from various parts of Norway who all will be speaking Bokmål.

Normally the exercises will be guided by a teacher. Unfortunately we are not able to give the detailed instructions to self-study students, but below you will find some simple guidelines.

How to do the exercises:

Select an exercise in the left menu. Work with column A first, and then with column B.
Click the button to the left and try to imitate the voice you are listening to.
- Try to connect all sounds together to one continuous chain.
- Try to make stressed syllables strong and dominant, and unstressed syllable light and short.
Each column contains 12 sentences reflecting the same speech rhythm pattern. Number 1-3 have the following order:
number SPEECH SILENCE SPEECH SILENCE
You are supposed to listen to the sentences first, and then repeat them:
  LISTEN
SPEAK
LISTEN
SPEAK
We expect you to pick up the rhythmical pattern during sentences 1-3. For number 4-12 the order is changed to the following:
number SILENCE
SPEAK
SPEECH
LISTEN
SILENCE
SPEAK
 

If you think the progress is too fast, we advise you to use the book Flyt og rytme and its complete set of exercises.

Flyt og rytme may be purchased from any bookstore, i.e. www.abstrakt.no.

Husby, Olaf (2008)
Flyt og rytme. Oslo
Abstrakt forlag AS
ISBN 978-82-7935-256-3

This book is one of four aiming at improving spoken Norwegian, that is speech sound pronunciation, fluency and speech rhythm.