Benjamin in Tromsø (from France)
When I started, I had some concerns about following a course on the internet. I feared the the web-based teaching would not allow for an easy and direct contact with the teacher. I wasn't really sure it could work, but I could not easily find a teacher locally, so I gave it a go. After the first free lesson, I signed up for 20 lessons. Doubts gone.
The main result of the lessons I took with Silje is that I have moved from speaking a little Norwegian and a lot of English to speaking a lot of Norwegian and little English, in my social and professional life. I am now much more confident in using Norwegian in my everyday life.
What I really enjoyed was the friendly, positive and motivating character of Silje. One learns best when self motivation is high, and surely Silje kept the motivation up all time.
I would definitely recommend Silje for foreigners wishing to learn norwegian. The web-based lesson system is particularly practical for persons who travel a lot, and who can therefore follow lessons even when they are away from home/work.
Silje is also fluent in French which is an additional asset for students with French as mother tongue, like me.
It's important to know that the course requires homework. It took me quite some time between lessons to achieve all the exercises, but it was worth it. It is also good to know that, although the course is based on a specific language book (it was 'Stein på stein' for me), there is some flexibility and always the possibility to adjust around specific topics or questions.
Narges R. in Sweden (from Iran)
In the beginning, I was not sure if online learning is good enough to learn a language, so that free first session convinced me to try your online course.
I like your patience and I think you are a good teacher, and I think learning online is easier than going to a class. You are a punctual, good teacher and students can always tell you what they want.
If I know someone who wants to learn Norwegian, I recommend you because I am happy with our sessions and specially for busy people, learning online with you is an easy, promising way to learn Norwegian.
Carmel in Oslo (from Ireland)
With you, I have first and foremost kept my Norwegian "alive" in terms of retaining what I had accumulated to that point. I think my vocabulary has increased substantially as well as my understanding of key grammar points.
I like the stories you tell about how things are done in Norway (jul, å gå på hyttetur, osv..) . I also think you have a good command of grammar and additional grammar exercises that you provide are good. I like that you move at my pace. The website we use, «Spreed», works well for classes.
I would recommend you to others because I think you are a good teacher, knowledgeable, aware of Norsk dialects, good grammar command, flexible and friendly.
It was very important to me that you understood all dialects and can speak Oslo dialect, even though you come from Bergen. On arriving in Norway, you find out quickly about dialects but don't know how severe the difference is. Someone said to me that I would be better to have a teacher with an Oslo dialect. I didn't think it was an issue as life in Norway will be full of different dialects anyway - but other newcomers may think differently :-)
Silvia in Oslo (from France)
The lessons gave me good results: I got to do a whole interview in Norwegian and it went very well!
I liked that you are very patient and can repeat things very slowly (a must for a good teacher!)
I would recommend you to others! You had found the right documentation for my needs and it proves that you're dedicated and competent.
For my fellow French citizens it's very nice that you speak French because most of them are not very comfortable with English. A bientôt et merci pour tout!
Alvyda Karaliunaite in Os (from Lithuania):
You're a good, friendly and patient teacher. I learned new words, practiced speaking Norwegian and had a great time with you!