The Virtual Picture Album -- Norway

The grid below is an annotated index to part of the Virtual Picture Album compiled and distributed by the Less Commonly Taught Languages Project at the University of Minnesota. The pictures in this section of the VPA are of people, places and objects in Norway. Each of the pictures is represented by a thumbnail-sized image in the grid, and is accompanied by:

There are also suggestions for ways to use certain pairs or groups of pictures.

Due to the number of pictures in this section, the VPA index for Norway is divided into three parts.

To view or download a full-sized picture from the VPA, click on its thumbnail representation below.

Photo (Thumbnail) Vocabulary Items Topics Grammar Points
clouds, fjord, hiking, mountains, sky geography -western Norway;
pastimes -hiking
directions:up, down;
near/ far
backpacks, hiking, kids (2), men(2) nature;
pastimes -hiking
coffee table, mug, rocking chair, sofa, wall hanging (tapestry) house -interior furnishings locative/spatial relations;
boys (2), curtains, fireplace, rag rugs, sofa, window house -interior furnishings (informal)  
advertisement, Diplom-Is, ice cream, sign food -ice cream  
bowl, blue color, fresh, fruit, red color, strawberries food -strawberries;
colors -blue, red
café, coffee pot, counter, cups pastimes -going to a café  
boys (5), climbing, playing, jungle gym how-many? -boys;
pastimes -playing;
belt, buttons, coat, formal, gloves,Harald, king, medals, sash clothing -belt, buttons, coat, gloves, medals, sash (formal dress)  
kiosk, sign    
cooking, cupboards, dormitory, pans, plant, pots, stove, tea kettle, woman house -kitchen interior;
kitchen appliances -stove;
progressive: standing and making food (står og ...)
curtains, electric heating element, faucet, kitchen counter, refrigerator, sink, window, wood paneling house -kitchen interior;
kitchen appliances -heating element, refrigerator
locative/spatial relations next to, to the left of, to the right of
cupboards, cutting board, kitchen, modern, oven, sink, stove kitchen appliances -stove, oven;
materials -wood, metal
locative/spatial relations
chair, kids (3), knitting, photographs, plants, playing, table, wall, window, woman pastimes -knitting present progressive: sitter og strikker
honking, parking, sign-Norwegian, snow, winter seasons -winter;
traffic signs -no parking, no honking;
direction signs
directions: to the right
map, sign-Norwegian direction signs; following a map (local);
directions: to right, straight
sign-Norwegian direction signs directions: to the right
cake, coffee cup , pastry shop, sign-Norwegian pastimes -eating  
bread, cheese, cucumber, lunch packet, smørbrød, sandwiches, tomato everyday life -lunch packet;
food -sandwiches
entertainment, mall, shopping center, stores, windows shopping  
bills, coins, money, new, Noregs bank on Kr 50, numbers, old culture -money;
comparatives: more, less; old, new; nynorsk, bokmål
cabin, chair, curtains, fireplace, moose head, table, tablecloth, wall, window house -interior of cabin  
blue color, camping, fjord, sky, tent pastimes -camping
blue color, cross, flag, rectangle, red color, square, white color colors -blue, red, white;
shapes -cross, square;
politics: official symbols
barn, farm, grass, old, roof, seter, summer, tree seasons -summer;
urban/rural -rural
locative/spatial relations: tree on roof
county-borders, map, Norway geography  
county-borders, county names, map, Norway geography -counties, major cities in Norway directions: east, north, south, west
brown color, cars, red color, snow,store, white color colors -brown, red, white;
ears, eyes, glacier, nose, polar bear, snow animals -polar bear (wild);
seasons -winter;
weather -cold;
conditional: what would you do if...
campfire, sausages food -sausage;
pastimes -picnic
beak, bird, feathers, flying, puffin, wings, animals - puffin (wild);  
arms, blue color, bracelet, crown, earrings, eyes, gown, hands, neck, necklace, nose, queen, rings, Sonja, watch, wearing, woman, yellow color clothing -gown, jewelry;
colors -blue, yellow;
locatives/spatial relations: on, around

animals   comparatives
buildings   conditional
celebrations   contrast
ceremonies   directions
children   following a map
clothing   locatives/spatial relations
colors   motion verbs
culture   near/far
direction signs   numbers
everyday life   ordering of process/event
family   plural
food   progressive
geography   reflexive
historical/religious elements   subordinate clause
kitchen appliances/utensils  
school activities  
store interior  
traffic signs  

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