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Gimme 5: Museum offers Norwegian language classes

Program is open to anyone regardless of nationality, experience

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Editor’s note: Gimme 5 is a five-question interview about a topic of local interest.

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

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