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Jun. 29th, 2009 @ 09:09 pm Hello people from Norway!
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In September I will be moving to Bergen where I found an internship as a French teacher. I have two different questions for you.

First, related to my job, do any of you speak French? Is it a common foreign language to learn in school? Do you like it? I'm just curious.

Second question... I'll be living in a dorm at the university as they told me and I can't seem to find any picture of it online. Is it pretty? Big? Is it common for students to live in dorms? Any advice on what to do, what not to do?

My questions are a bit strange, but I'm just so excited, I keep thinking about it.
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Date:June 29th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
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1. French is one of the three common third languages we can learn at middle school and high school level, although I believe German is the most popular one. I know many small cities lack French (and Spanish) teachers which could be the reason. German is easier for us to learn, so you are going to find some people who dislikes French because of that. I had French for 3 years in middle school and loved it, but it was very hard to learn.

2. In the big cities they only have dorms for 10-20% of students who needs one. More would live in them if they had the option. I assume you are staying in the University's dorms, you can find pictures here. I don't know much about Bergen, or the dorms, as I was one of the people who didn't get one and had to look on the private market (in a different city than Bergen).

Have fun in Norway, and to you for being a language teacher, that is something our country needs:=)
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Date:June 29th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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Oh thank you, that's very helpful and interesting.
I took German in high school and I hated it. I can understand why people find French hard to learn.

Thanks a lot! I'm sure I'll love it.
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Date:June 29th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
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1) German is indeed the most popular one. While I was in middle school, I believe it was a 60/40-ratio, though. This was two years before they introduced Spanish. I still had three years of French, and most of it ran away on me afterwards.
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Date:June 29th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC)
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Of course, not all schools offer all language options.
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Date:June 29th, 2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Hi! :)

Some people speak French, most high schools offers it (we all get to choose a third language in school if we like). Some jr. highs also offer basic French.

I've only known a couple of people who knew French at all, though.
A lot of African immigrants speak good French. :)

I personally find it nice to listen to, but it seems hard to learn! I did Japanese in high school (and exchanged there).

People here speak English fluently (most people at least), then some know good German, then I'd say Spanish, then maybe after that, French.

Hm - dorms are common. :) I've personally not lived in one, but you can expect a small cooking area, bed and comfort. Most university dorms will have personal bathroom/showers.

My impression is that there will be noise/partying around you. As for what not to do - don't smoke indoors! All the rooms will have alarms. ;) In Bergen, you will probably live in a dorm in a place called Fantoft. These dorm apartments have a LOT of international students - some complain Norwegian doesn't even get through there. :p

I just moved away from Bergen after studying there for awhile - feel free to contact me for any local questions! :) I lived in the Fantoft/Landås area.

I hope you'll get to experience Bergen in summer - it's absolutely BEAUTIFUL!
Date:July 28th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
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Well, french would be the third foreign language you learn in school, and I fear that while most norwegians are fairly proficient in english, the knowledge of french is not too good.
As to the dorm, not being in Bergen I know to little. Has it been named?
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Date:July 28th, 2009 05:35 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.
No I still don't know where I'm going to live.
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Date:July 18th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
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I am a Norman Viking my surname is from Normandy France and Yes I am studying French I love the culture and the people. I am sure you will learn to love Norway just as we love you