So, one of the many reasons I don’t post as much as I’d like to is I’m still taking Norwegian classes. Level 2 has started, and I am learning quite a bit. I think I will try to take level 3 before taking a break (3 hours of classes twice a week really does take it’s toll).
The hardest part of learning Norwegian is understand what people say. I’m getting closer, though. When listening to the radio or watching TV, I can make out many more words, although I often don’t have time to translate what is being said, even if I should know it. Much of this now is getting to the point where I really know the words, to the point where I don’t have to translate everything that is being said.
Ok, maybe not yet, but I’ve finished my first lesson, and know such useful phrases as:
Jeg heter Patrick. Hva heter du?
Jeg kommer fra USA, men jeg bor i Oslo nå. Hvor kommer du fra? Hvor bor du?
My name is Patrick. What’s your name?
I come from USA, but I live in Oslo now. Where do you come from? Where do you live?
Jeg is really strange to me. It’s sort of pronounced Yaii (it’s hard to come up with an English spelling that shows how it’s pronounced since it’s really not a sound combination we use).
Hopefully we’ll start learning more useful information. There are a couple of phrases that could be quite useful to know, such as:
“Everybody run! Velociraptors are in the building!”
“Please hide me, men with guns are chasing me!”
Ok, maybe situations that call for those phrases don’t come up often, but if they did, wouldn’t you want to know how to say them? 🙂
It’s been six months, and I finally decided it’s time to sign up for Norwegian classes. So, starting January 6, I’ll be attending two classes a week for six weeks. We’ll see how things go from there, but the school I’m going through, the Folkeuniversitetet, offers seven classes. Norway requires 300 hours of classes (a combination of language and cultural classes, apparently) for people who will be applying for permanent residency or citizenship. –I’m not planning on doing either of these, certainly not any time soon, but learning the language will be good no matter what.
I’ll try to post more information about the classes as I take them. And maybe even start posting something in Norwegian on occasion.