Tuesday, 6 September 2011

ikke så flink

Life is busy right now with school- full time school! It's been a shock to the system to be getting up at 6am again and then getting home and spending a good few hours studying. My new course is very hard, a huge step up from my last one. I feel as though I have skipped a whole level. I went from feeling pretty clever during the summer to feeling like a total muppet after a week back in class! I have cried, threatened to go home to England,bitched and moaned for the last week but now it's time to pull up my socks and get on with the job in hand! I'm very lucky that Henrik is right behind me, encouraging me to study, helping me, marking my work for mistakes- but sometimes I can't help but want to whack him over the head with my text book for being norwegian in the first place!


  1. I hear ya, baby!
    Love the "for being norwegian in the first place".
    Although that's not our situation, I still totally know what you mean!

  2. I sympathise. I am married to a guy from Saudi Arabia - so count your blessings!! Luckily we live in London and I do not wear a headscarf, but god the culture clash is tough. I envy your life in Norway. I tried to learn Arabic but found it too hard - if I lived in an Arabic country, probably easier to get it. I hear it every day but still after 15 years can't grasp much of what is being said. Durr... Anyway all the best, and hang on in there. You are doing brilliantly. xx

  3. Oh yes, sometimes I too want to whack my husband for being a Norwegian :D

    So prøve 3 course is much harder than prøve 2? :/ Do you have a large class? (I know that most immigrants don't continue after prøve 2 or the 250 lessons they must attend in order to get a citizenship.) Just curious :)
    Lots good luck! Keep in mind that after a while it gets easier :)

  4. Emily- I knew you'd understand! Lykke til!

    Annabelog- Thank you! It sounds like you are doing well too!

    May-I'm not actually in a prøve 3 class. I'm doing a barnehage språkpraksis course which has 14 people in class who have been in Norway from between 1-12 years! So as you can imagine we are all at very different levels! Some have passed prøve 3, some are about to take it in November and some have learned norwegian just by living here for so long! We have 3 different teachers, they all give us too much homework, talk too fast for me and I feel like a big idiot! argh!!!!! I will continue on though, I know it's normal to feel like this at the beginning of the course. I eventually will take the Bergens test, not for anyone else, just for me to prove something to myself! I will not let the norwegian language beat me!!!!

  5. Sounds like you are doing well for only having been here for one year, it took me a couple of years to get used to living in London, and that was with understanding the language. Give yourself some slack, try not to have too high expectations, moving country can be tough, as I keep telling my husband who after almost three years here in Norway still do not understand how norwegians work ;-)

  6. Hang in there! I know you can do it.

  7. What do they teach with barnehagen course?? I sometimes vikar at one so just curious. Jeg synes du er veldig flink!! I think you have done great in one year and I am quite jealous. =) dd