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Jun. 29th, 2009 @ 09:09 pm Hello people from Norway!
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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.