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10 days until Norway! But will I speak? :D

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We land in Norway in ten days, guys!!! This is our second time visiting this most wonderful place, and last time, not so much as a "takk" escaped my mouth, despite having practiced for two years before going to Norway. I am far far far too shy, and was so afraid of butchering someone else's language and sounding rude or something. Thanks to duolingo, and all of you wonderful people in the forums, I have a fantastic grasp on the grammar and stuff like that, and can make complete sentences all on my own, and am going to try real hard to be brave and put all of this practice to good use in Norway.... IN TEN DAYS! --- I was nervous last time, and I am nervous this time... a good nervous though. Anyway, just wanted to share that with all of you, and ask, for those who were nervous about speaking, how did you get over that?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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99% of tourists in Norway speak anything but Norwegian to the natives. This is perfectly fine, as most of us can get by in English, or stumble through some high school German, or look really stupid in French...

But it also means that we know to appreciate it when someone actually tries to speak our language. :)

Don't force yourself to speak Norwegian in stressful situations (coffee shop with 15 people behind you in line), but approach people who look friendly and not too busy, and seek out situations where you know there's room for questions (guided tours with smaller groups, most museums, near-empty specialty stores). Anyone who looks excited about whatever they're doing is usually eager to talk about it too.

How to get over the shyness? I honestly haven't figured that out yet.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nordlys517
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Thank you :-) We made it around just fine in English last year, speaking Norwegian in Norway is just sort of this goal I have. Sort of like "I did it! I made a thought come out of my mouth in the language I am working so hard to learn!" Maybe a little silly, but thats ok :-) I appreciate your advice very much. I get nervous over silly things, thats just me :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stonesong
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I will have to admit the most intimidating aspect to all of this is the idea (which I keep hearing confirmed from people) that if you open your mouth with less than fluent Norwegian there is a good chance the other person will just switch to English. Do advise me on what to do in that situation :D

2 years ago

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That's nothing to be intimidated of. :)

People switch to English as a convenience to you, so just tell them that you'd prefer if they spoke Norwegian as you're eager to practise. Unless they're in a rush, I'm sure they'll oblige.

2 years ago

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There is no magic answers to getting over the nervousness of speaking another language to people.

I know there is an app called HelloTalk which connects people all over the world for the sole purpose of practicing a language. (So everyone knows everyone else is learning). It has a feature where you speak to the app and it will print what you say into a text to the other person. So you are speaking to a machine and not directly to the person. Maybe try something like that first?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nordlys517
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That sounds really cool! Thank you!

2 years ago

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Your welcome. Have a great time.

2 years ago

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I am home. It was a great trip. I didn't speak any Norwegian lol!!! I know that the input is my strong point, and the output, not so much... need more practice. Plus, again, super shy. I will make my language mistakes in person at some point, I am sure

What I DID do though.... I understood every single word that people said to me. Could read everything that was in front of me. Norway was so much "easier" the second time around with so many more language skills, and I never had to ask anyone if they would mind speaking english. I did answer in English, and actually had an entire conversation with a person, them speaking Norwegian the whole time, me speaking English. I know what I thought my goal was, but how cool is that? I didn't realize how much progress you can make in a year until we took this trip.

Sorry it took awhile to get an update on here. Lots to catch up with when we returned!

2 years ago

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It's always a scary thing to do, especially when you're doing it for the first time. I try to take a situation where I'm fairly confident of what I'm going to need to say eg if I'm asking for something in a shop or cafe and I am pretty sure of what I need to say to ask for it. I practice in advance and maybe take the opportunity to listen to others ahead of me asking for the same thing. Then I tell myself that the person in the shop/cafe doesn't know me and will never see me again so if I make a mess of it the worst that can happen is that they say they don't understand. Then I either try again in Norwegian or return to English. I don't know if you're likely to be in supermarkets while you're there but when I was there during the summer for a week I quite often popped in to buy some fruit or crisps. When you pay at the checkout they nearly always say 'pose?' to ask if you want a bag and then 'kvittering?' to ask if you want a receipt. You could practise saying 'ja, takk' or 'nei,takk' to those questions. I think the worst part is always to get over the first hurdle of speaking the language to a native speaker for the first time. In practically any country people will just be delighted you're making an effort and even if it sounds wrong or they're not sure what you're trying to say they won't be offended. In Spanish speaking countries I've generally found people are very excited when I speak Spanish and speak to me loads. In Norway, people are generally quieter so it's unlikely they'll show their delight but they're also unlikely to show any other emotions if you don't manage to speak clearly or pronounce well enough (except for my mother-in-law who just tells me straight! haha!) I think you should just go for it on the first day and then you'll feel really proud of yourself! Good luck!

2 years ago

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Peppa_pig2 --- love your screen name! Yes! We do make it a habit to go to the grocery stores for snacks and things in Norway, so that was a fantastic suggestion! And seeing as there are fewer questions involved at the checkout (comparing to where I live... have to say, I highly prefer shopping in Norway ha ha!) I could see that being a good practice scenario. Im still proud of myself for knowing that the woman at the store last year in fact was NOT asking if I wanted a hot dog ha ha ha! When we left, my husband asked, isnt that how you told me to say hot dog? I said nope. Close, but nope ha ha!!!

Thanks so much. I will take your advice. I found people to be so incredibly nice there, and you are totally right.... those first few words are the hardest. My trip begins in Stavanger this year. Beautiful dialect, but still a little "fast" for me. Spent lots of time practicing listening to speakers from around that region via tv shows the past year since I knew we would start there this time... we will find out how well that worked very soon :-D :-D :-D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CamMcAnes

There is an app for your phone or program you can use for your computer called Discord. There is a group on there that have a Norwegian chat every Sunday evening. They're all learners just like you and I, but there are natives that listen in and help. It's really useful if you're trying to learn both grammar and speaking skills.

https://discord.gg/G7BKs

Lykke til og nyte norge!

2 years ago

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Thank you! This is another program I have never heard of. Looking forward to checking it out!

2 years ago
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