My youngest son was 4 years old when arrived at the French school in Oslo last August. In his class most children have a Norwegian parents. Most children have been to the Norwegian barnehage (daycare) between 1 and 3 years old and speak Norwegian all day when playing together.
That’s how my son picked up Norwegian almost faster than when he was in a bilingual class at the French school in Zurich. He used to have 2.5 days in French and 2.5 days in German. I guess the 3 year old children were mainly speaking French to each other and even the German teacher wasn’t a native German speaker.
So the little one our the family is probably the best at Norwegian of us four. And this is what he brings home…
- Urettferdig! –> it’s not fair!
- Hva sjedd? –> what happened?
- Bæsj på hodet! –> poo on your head! Comes from the story of a little mole
- Lurte deg! –> tricked you!
- Jeg vil ikke sover! –> I don’t want to sleep
How about you, what did you learn from your kids?