Norwegian, German and French are the principal languages taught in our institution. We offer different language courses which can be booked as private lessons or in small groups . The courses can easily be adapted to meet your special needs, interests and preconditions which differentiates us from conventional language courses. In addition to our language courses for adults:
We rely and build on conscious learning, because we are convinced that languages can not be learned only through reciting and repeating glossary, but through relating to the patterns we are familiar with. Hence we may soon discover that we already know a great deal more than we think in a new language. We simply relate our existing knowledge to the new one and use the old to understand the new.
We believe in elaborating on connections, similarities and systematic differences and contrasts between the languages we already know and the language we are learning. This is namely experiencing it and understanding its nature. This is a key to give a meaning to grammar, to make it interesting and to simplify it’s learning process, instead of memorizing an abstract structure. We call this method of studying languages a comparative and contrastive approach.
We do not promise that you will develop language skills for daily conversations within a few days or weeks as often promised elsewhere. We consider this concept an outdated approach. These simple steps in a foreign language might as well be taken care of by the benefits of today’s technology. To be honest, no one really needs to be fluent or advanced in a foreign language to get around.
For us it is the feeling of the language which matters. It is an art of living rather than Google Translate. A language has it’s own soul, temper and temperature. Ordering a beer can easily and efficiently be translated into hundreds of languages, but whether it will sound offensive or charming, is not that easy to depict. In order to be able to communicate these feelings, there needs to be more ; the intonation, the ductus, the nuances. Mit Freude! By comparing consciously, the skills we acquire are anchored more solidly into our memory, just because it now makes sense to us.
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