Vorpal wrote: brynpoeth wrote:
May you stay in Norway for ever, what residency status do you have?
What if Norway joins the EU? Or leaves EFTA?
What are you doing to improve your Norwegian?
I don't know about forever, but I like it here, and probably won't leave at least until the kids are done with university (they are 9 & 11, now)
I am a permanent resident here. I got permanent residency last year.
I read in Norwegian, use it everyday, as much as possible. Sometimes I use Duolingo. I feel a bit stuck at my current level. I think I need to take lessons or a course. I manage fine with day to day things, shopping, schools, etc., but I can struggle with complex conversations. The main problem is that I don't get many opportunities to practice at complex conversations. I can do some stuff in Norwegian at work, and sometimes I have to. In the workshop, I work with some folks who don't speak English very well. But that only seems to improve specific (and not otherwise very helpful) vocabulary.
Like you in Norway, I *may* stay in Germany for ever
Is Norwegian harder for an adult English-speaking person to learn than German?
I am fluent in German and very well-read, better informed than many natives/colleagues, often my accent is a plus, people think it is cute, I can speak quickly and argue and explain, had a job training people
German colleagues had English at school but they did not learn much, they really need my help to write simple mails, but does anyone like asking for help?
But writing German correctly is still difficult for me, although it should be possible with the marvels of technology
I have a half-decent job but I too could/should have done better
Don't have time or energy for a course, I use the language all the time anyway. Except the few hours a week on these fora %)
Did torture myself a bit years ago reading long novels (Deutschstunde/German Lesson by Siegfried Lenz, 1984 in German ..) but that is not so painful now