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Diclotican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 09:46 PM
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36. scarletwoman
scarletwoman

Well you can always pick up on Norwegian, in community college or something - I know that in some of the northern states, where many Norwegians emigrated to, they still have classes in Norwegian, even tho most of them never will speak or write the language on a daily basics.. For some students, it is "cool" to be able to speak Norwegian, or at least, to have a grasp of what Norwegian really are, and what Norway is all about.. Even tho they might believe that Norway is still in the 1850s they have a fair grasp of what Norway are today too.. Some even learn to speak Norwegian, more or less fluent - but then they might have parents, or grand parents who speak the language good.. or they other vice have family in Norway who still have contact with them. I know a few americans, who have been in Norway, and they was learning Norwegian pretty fast, and they said also, that they wanted to teach Norwegian to their kids when they had some later in life. So I guess even tho they might not get it all right, Norwegian will be learned down the generations too ;)

I can understand that your ancestors decided not to learn you Norwegian, for many it was more important to make a living in US, and to be part of the new country, than to hold on to old habits.. In the 1950s they also had the "red scare" to be afraid of, and as the McCarthy gang did their job, many emigrants was suppressing their own heritage for the sake of been seen as "good americans" I guess.. But as you self pointed out, it is sad you do not know how to write in kind, even tho I manage to do it. But that is because I use the dictionary a lot, and also use the "check spelling" a lot, so I get the right word in the right place.

Most who emigrated to the US, was just grasping by the first couple of years. When they got the farm up and running, they could at least get a better future than they might have been able to make it, when they was in Norway. And most of them who emigrated to the US, was of farmer family.. But it was a lot of hard, brutal work to get to the point where they was able to enjoy the new life they had been able to make for them self in the US. And they often was "soften" the facts when they wrote home to their families as they wanted to tell, that they indeed had coming to the country of milk and honey..

I discovered DU many years ago, right before the Iraq war in 2003, I was lurking here for some year, before I decided to get into the fry, and get an account here. It have been a lovely place to be, and to an extent one of the few places I could go to, when GWB and his madness made myself mad and on the verge on another nervous breakdown.. And to this day, just 2 or 3 people have put me on ignore, mostly because of my shabby typing, so I guess I doesn't have to bad a record after all..

Diclotican
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