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 Norway VPA index 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
antlers, big, legs, reindeer, walking animals -reindeer (wild);  
children, houses, nynorsk, playing, road sign, urban/rural - small town;
row-houses, street, windows housing -rowhouses;
urban/rural -urban;
King Harald, Queen Sonja, Crown Prince Haakon Magnus, Princess Märte Louise, casual, dog, family, pet, shirt, slacks, sweater animals -dog (domestic);
clothing -shirt, slacks, sweater (informal);
family -mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter, spouse, pet;
locatives/spatial relations;
Haakon, Märte Louise, Sonja, Harald, gown, king, party, prince, princess, queen, royal family, tuxedo clothing - gowns, tuxedos;
colors -black, red, white;
pastimes -party (formal);
fish, food, salmon, Norwegian ribbon (sløyfe), food -salmon;  
hats, Sami, traditional, women (2), clothing -traditional Sami costume;
colors-blue, green, red, yellow;
culture -Sami;
bread, cheese, sandwich, smørbrød food -sandwich; locatives/spatial relations: on, under;
benches, child (3), curtains, houses, paper, pencils, school, table, window school -classroom interior;
school activities -coloring;
boots, clothing, coats, cubbies, hats, mittens, school bags, school, wall, winter clothing -boots, coats, hats, mittens;
seasons -winter;
school -coat room;
clothes, dolls, sewing, women (4) pastimes -sewing;
present progressive: sitting and sewing
bucket, build, cold, hill, kids, playing, snow, winter clothing - coat, hat, mittens, scarf;
how-many? - buckets, children;
pastimes -playing in snow;
seasons -winter;
flags, Lillehammer, Olympics, stamp, skier, skiing, winter numbers -price of stamp, year;
flag colors -blue, red, white;
politics -official symbols;
shapes -cross, square;
balcony, bicycle, dog, man, shopping, signs, snow, windows, winter seasons: winter;
books, bookcases, lamp, pictures, stereo, television, wall house -living room;
pastimes -listening to the stereo, reading books, watching television;
cart, passengers, train, train attendant, travel, woman transportation -train (interior);
travel -train
dependent clauses -(while...)
adults (2), cairns, child, glacier, mountain, rocks, sky, snow, tundra colors -blue;
pastimes - hiking;
seasons -spring;
weather -clear, cold, sunny
bridge, river, train transportation -express train motion verbs
baby carriage, passengers, streetcar transportation -streetcar (interior);
travel -streetcar;
destination, Majorstuen, number, pedestrians, route, sidwalk, street, streetcar transportation -streetcar (exterior);
travel -streetcar;
urban/rural -urban
numbers: (examples)
bridge, city, Tromsø geography -north Norway ;
seasons -winter;
urban/rural -urban;
locatives/spatial relations;
cathedral, night, Trondheim historical /religious elements -cathedral comparatives -high, higher
appliance, bake, counter, kitchen, waffle, waffle iron kitchen appliances -waffle iron;
locatives/spatial relations: inside, on top of;
bouquet, bride, gown, groom, Norwegian flag, sea, wedding,tuxedo ceremonies -wedding;
clothing -wedding gown, tuxedo;
black, bouquet, bride, formal, gown, groom, shoes, top hat, tuxedo, umbrella, walking stick, wedding, white ceremonies -wedding;
clothing -shoes, tuxedo, wedding gown;
colors -black, white

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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