We are thrilled to announce the first Norwegian preschool graduate who was recognized this summer as a ten-year Skogfjorden villager! Solveig Olava Bjermeland was in the very first Norwegian preschool pilot program in 2006 in Minneapolis, starting at age three. She graduated from “Barnehage”, and moved on to “Norge Rundt”, our Twin Cities Norwegian program for 4-11 year olds. But she wasn’t done yet! She also attended Concordia Language Villages Norwegian day camps in the metro, and then returned as a volunteer in Norge Rundt, helping to lead a new generation of young Norwegian villagers. Now, Olava celebrates ten years as a Skogfjorden villager! Gratulerer, Olava!
There seems to be an ever-evolving debate in the United States about everything these days, especially when it comes to history and how we got to where we are, what we’ve become, and why. It WAS a commonly held belief that Christopher Columbus, the Portuguese explorer recruited by the Spanish monarchy, was the first European to set foot in the “New World”, but as evidence has been uncovered; he was far from the first. On October 9th, 2018, we can celebrate Leif Erikson’s accomplishment of being the first European explorer to set foot in the “New World”, even though he wasn’t either (explained later). Let’s celebrate that day nonetheless by learning and understanding the historical significance of the achievement.
Have you ever noticed how different languages have different ways of putting sentences together? Some languages start with a subject, while others can start with a verb. It can be confusing! Norwegian is a little bit tricky because sometimes it seems like it follows the same structure as English, and yet it actually follows different rules.
The Nordic Holiday Weekend is celebrating our 3rd anniversary this year! This unique program (as well as our Family Week in the summer and a new Crime Mystery workshop for the spring) offer participants a glimpse into not one, but four amazing cultures! By appreciating shared cultural elements while simultaneously featuring what makes each nation unique, participants get to expand their global knowledge in just one weekend.
The Sunlit Night, Shark Drunk, and Elsker