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Language and Geography Lessons April 9, 2011

Filed under: Geography,Language study,Norwegian language — Janet @ 5:33 am

My Norwegian language classes have started up again – I was a beginner for the Autumn term, then our whole class was promoted to no longer being beginners for the Winter term, and now we have the Spring term.  I’m not sure what we are called now – maybe continuing learners – or collectively we are called “norskis”.    Most of my classmates seem to have known each other for a long time and it seems like a bit of a social club – as my Irish class became over the years. 

 During the break our teacher went on holiday to Guatemala and Columbia – Central and South America.  A part of the world I know very little about.  But now I am trying to learn about it via the Norwegian language.  Hmm.  The parts of the lesson that are in English I can understand, the parts in Norwegian I can sort of get the meaning, the parts where we have to translate from English to Norwegian are laboriously difficult.

  Map showing both Guatemala and Columbia – very far south from Seattle.  Guatemala in fact lies on the equator and Columbia lies even further south and east.


2 Responses to “Language and Geography Lessons”

  1. kristieinbc Says:

    I hope you have more success at learning Norwegian than I seem to be having at learning Mandarin. It is not easy to learn a language as an adult.

  2. Matt Says:

    Learning about an unfamiliar country via an unfamiliar language…that’s real trailblazing, Janet! Good for you for being so adventurous.

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