enough is enough

my norwegian sucks. i’ve lived here for three years and there are times when i feel like i don’t understand the language at all.

like yesterday at work. somebody asked me something and i didn’t understand a word. not a word. how scary is that? three years living in the country, hours of norwegian course and an official language exam (that i passed) and i blanked out.

people must think i’m stupid. they must wonder every now and again if i actually understand any norwegian at all. and it pisses me off. the fact that people might think of me as stupid. because i’m not.

what pisses me off even more than that is that i’m the one who give them the reason to think so. i refuse to speak norwegian at home. just don’t want to. why? i don’t know. maybe because i’m too lazy to think. or maybe because i worry about mispronouncing words and sounding stupid. which is so silly. MOH will never laugh at me, he will never criticise. still, i speak english at home.

my norwegian used to be much better. during the time i took the norwegian course, i was good. i even dreamt in norwegian. i didn’t find it particularly difficult to learn. it was a challenge but i never had a hard time. in fact, i went from beginner level to the highest level that was offered at the ummm… learning center or whatever they call that place. everybody was impressed at how easy i picked up the language. heck, i was impressed by how smooth it all went.

unfortunately, it all went downhill after i passed the test. i still read the newspaper and understand 90 per cent of what’s written but when it comes to speaking and listening, well, it’s a big freakin’ joke.

i used to look down on people who didn’t speak english properly. i used to think, for pete’s sake, you live in australia, learn the language. don’t hang out with the people who only speak your mother tongue. speak english.

now look at me. yeah… karma… it’s a bitch.

so i’ve made a decision.

i’m going to start speaking norwegian at home. i have to. i don’t want people to think of me as a stupid, uneducated immigrant. because i’m not. i’ll show ’em.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. soelitaire
    Jul 20, 2008 @ 09:05:15

    Hei2 ! Hvordan har du det i dag ? 🙂
    Det gjør ingenting.. det er noen nordmenn som er dumme ågso, fordi de ikke forstår når jeg snakker engelsk med dem he2..maksa dikit..
    Ha en fin dag 🙂


  2. 1980chandra
    Jul 20, 2008 @ 11:17:53

    jeg synes problemet er at vi snakker så bra engelsk (iiih pake acara muji2 diri lagi huahaha) og de fleste folk her kan engelsk også, så vi bare take the easy way out og snakker engelsk med dem. og så blir vi late og fortsette å snakke engelsk hele tida. det blir en vane, vet du. a bad one.

    se hvor dårlig grammatikken min har blitt 😦 kelamaan dilepas di dunia di luar ruangan norskkurs muahahahaha

    god helg!!!


  3. soelitaire
    Jul 20, 2008 @ 14:31:24

    Nei, din norsk er fremdeles bra 🙂
    aku aja diajarin hubby wkt mau buat komen pake norsk di atas huahaha… god held du ågso..


  4. the writer
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 09:23:56

    hai, salam kenal

    sama nih. aku juga sudah lulus kursus danish tahun lalu, cuman rasanya males banget ngomong, mending pake bhs inggris, lebih gampang


  5. 1980chandra
    Aug 04, 2008 @ 16:14:38

    hai, salam kenal juga.

    iya, knp ya kale ngomong rasanya maleeeeeessss bgt. kl nonton tv atau baca koran ga kepikiran malesnya tuh.


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