LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

... learn to communicate effectively in Norway 

It's true what they say - living an integrated life in Norway means learning Norwegian. The language will open doors for you; absolutely. But not everyone has the time, money or inclination to learn Norwegian. I understand. I never learned Bahasa Malay, and my Arabic is embarrassing, despite the many years I lived in the Middle East. Perhaps you're okay in English for now?

Being an effective communicator is about more than words and grammar. 

It's not just what you say, but what you don't say, and how you say it; whatever language you share. 

Perhaps you think Norwegians are rude because they'll hand you a book, saying 'can you give this to Peter?' (you're fighting the urge to mutter 'please', aren't you?) 

Perhaps you are used to chatting at the supermarket checkout, and struggle to wrap your head around the wall of silence you face at your local shop? 

Perhaps you're floored with the direct and 'straight-to-business' communication you experience at work and in meetings? Whatever happened to social niceties, exchanging pleasantries, establishing relations?

Language is part of culture and culture is part of language. Let me help you understand what 'good communication' means in Norway.  Remember, it's not just what you say, but what you don't say, and how you say it. 

SERVICES

WHY WORK WITH ME?

With over 15 years as a high mobility expatriate behind me, I bring lived experience as well as formal training as a language instructor, anthropologist and intercultural trainer to the table. 

Intercultural communication skills can save you costly mistakes and miscommunications - in Norwegian or English. I know that you need to hit the ground running. I know it's challenging. I can help you level the path. 

  • Our initial 30 minute conversation is on me. I want to understand your needs before we move forward. I'll create a flexible personal offer for you based on our conversation.
  • If I am not the right person for you, I'll do my best to help you find an alternative solution.

I don't believe in set fees. Different people bring different needs, resources and timeframes. Contact me to discuss what will work for you - also in terms of money. 



GET IN TOUCH

CONTACT ME

Let's grab a coffee and discuss how I can help you. 

I'm based in Stavanger, Norway, but happily drink coffee online, too.  

(PS: If someone invites you to 'grab a coffee' in Norway, say yes! It could mean anything from 'let's meet to discuss work' to 'I like you and I'd like to get to know you better.' The beverage is optional.)

I look forward to connect with you!

Tone