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Category Archives: Integration

Integration in Norway: Find Your Tribe

Integration in Norway: Find Your Tribe

We were talking this week about what different people – in this case non-Norwegians attending my Intercultural Communication at Work course – think about the term ‘integration’. What did it really mean to them? A woman raised her hand and asked, “What do you think? Is it okay to hang around with people from your… Les mer

When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

When Rude Isn’t Rude: Norway Scores Third Person Shutout

A shutout (US) is a game in which one team prevents the other from scoring any points. I teach a course called ‘Living in Norway’ for people new to the country. Its main aim is that by the time they walk out the door at the end of the evening, these newcomers will: ‘…understand Norwegian culture, behavior… Les mer

Tell me: What’s the short version of your (working) life?

Tell me: What’s the short version of your (working) life?

Have you ever thought about practicing how to tell someone about what you do at work? When holding courses for foreign-born people like myself who are working in Norway, I advise them to practice and perform giving the short version of their life story. Why the short version? Because you should be aware that when… Les mer

First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

First Impressions and Foreigners: Which Language Should You Speak?

As often happens when I’m running a course, what’s said by participants is much more interesting and thought provoking than what I say at the front of the classroom. At my most recent course – Intercultural Communication in the Workplace – held last week in Stavanger, Norway, a comment that generated the session’s most lively… Les mer

How to Answer the Interview Question: “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

How to Answer the Interview Question:     “So, how long do you plan on staying here?”

I recently got an e-mail from a woman that went something like this: “Last week I was being interviewed for a promotion within my company, and was one of several applicants being considered for the job. Thought things were going rather well until the interviewer suddenly asked me, ‘So how long do you plan on… Les mer

Integration: It’s Okay to Talk Your Talk

Integration: It’s Okay to Talk Your Talk

When you’re trying to become integrated in your new country, you get other people’s different ideas about how you should go about this process. It’s especially true when learning how to speak the language. That is, the native speakers might offer advice something along the lines of: ‘You need to speak our language as much… Les mer

What Does Integration Mean to You?

What Does Integration Mean to You?

You foreigners who are working in Norway are of course living in Norway; which part is easier? By ‘living’ I mean all the things you do outside of work, from shopping at the grocery store to…what, exactly? What do you do during the rest of the time that’s not included in your 37.5 hour work… Les mer