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Who: Doug Pearson, Past president of the Waldemar Ager Association, Inc.
Talks about: Learning Norwegian classes.
When: Mondays from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29 and Feb. 5.
Where: The Ager Museum, 514 W. Madison St.
Cost: $5 suggested donation.
Tell me about this event. Is this new?
Yes, this is a brand new event. We have a woman named Mari Carlson who is a Norwegian instructor. She teaches our beginning and intermediate Norwegian classes.
Why do you offer a Norwegian program?
The house belonged to Waldemar Ager, who was born in Norway.
He was the editor and publisher of a Norwegian newspaper called Reform. He had two goals in life: to preserve the Norwegian language and promote Prohibition.
What will be the format of this session?
Mari will prepare participants for a 30- to 40-minute show each week from Norwegian TV.
She is going to talk a bit about what the show is about. We’ll watch it together and Mari will help explain what is going on. Then we’ll talk a little about what we’ve learned.
Is this class open to anyone?
No matter your Norwegian fluency — if any at all — immerse yourself briefly in Norwegian language and comedic culture, while a few new vocabulary words help make sense of the experience.
It’s a fun, social event.
What else should people know?
Bring your own lunch to eat while we watch the show. Coffee will be served.
— Chris Vetter