Speak Norsk is an ambitious team that started with one goal in mind – to make expats fluent in Norwegian!
We are passionate about language-learning and bringing to Norway a new, innovative way of teaching Norwegian. Since the beginning, we have been known for our interactive conversation-focused classes, own-written books, and something that it´s not quite common for other schools – a personal approach and a customized offer for each one of our students. Meet our passionate and united team of Speak Norsk school!
Master degree in Comparative and International Education
Jon is one of our most valuable assets at Speak Norsk. Students appreciate his broad cultural knowledge and passion for teaching Norwegian as a foreign language. His master degree in Comparative and International Education represents an important asset in understanding the relationship between education and society and between teaching practices and learning outcomes. You will meet him in beginner and intermediate classes and will certainly appreciate his expertise on the subject.
Maria is one of our most committed teachers with the ability to reach out to students and create a relationship of mutual trust with them. Currently she is leading our intermediate classes for both standard group classes, online teaching and courses for IT corporations. During the lockdown, she was the main teacher for our virtual classes and is leading along with Johannes our Youtube channel and podcast. In addition, Maria is one of the writers for our exam preparation and grammar books. According to Maria, grammar can be fun and she will prove it to you!
Torje is a valuable colleague and passionate teacher, with a broad experience in teaching our beginner Vikings his mother tongue. His background education in Norwegian language from University of Oslo gave him a great sense of understanding the challenge of learning Norwegian as a second language and he is glad to contribute to our students´daily progress in becoming fluent speakers.
Torje´s advice to the students: Try to make a Norwegian friend, to watch Norwegian TV. Try to remember words and listen to how words are pronounced. Everything is possible if you have the right mindset.
Johannes is a real Viking when it comes to conversation classes. His students are always impressed how fast they start understanding the Oslo dialect after just a couple of lessons. His notable conversational skills and passion for debating will draw into the class´s topics and make you forget about the time! Johannes has been our colleague since the beginning of the school and is one of the leaders of our educational Youtube channel and podcast.
Mostly-known for her positive attitude and creative instructional methods, Joana is sure to make studying at Speak Norsk a memorable and enjoyable experience. At the moment, she is teaching both beginner and intermediate Vikings, some of our company courses for IT enterprises, laying for them a solid foundation to transit to more advanced levels. She has completed her studies in Norwegian as a second language at University of Oslo and is currently teaching beginner levels and preparation courses for Norskprøve.
Is there something Julian doesn’t´know about Norwegian grammar? We don´t think so. Very considerate and thoughtful when it comes to creating a safe and pleasant atmosphere in class, Julian´s approach to teaching will make you fall for Norwegian grammar. His broad knowledge of the subject, studies in social work and contribution to our books as a writer, makes him a well-equipped player in the Speak Norsk team. Join him in B1 and B2 levels and you will understand why he is one of our students´ favorite teachers.
Currently teaching our students at both beginner and intermediate level, Vilde describes her work at Speak Norsk as a wonderful and meaningful experience. She helps the students get a solid grammar foundation and teaches them how to express themselves in Norwegian, making sure everyone understands and feels comfortable in class. Her advice to students is to incorporate Norwegian in your daily life – watching movies, listening to podcasts; small things contribute to a bigger result!
Vilde has completed her bachelor’s degree in Norwegian literature and languages in Bergen and looks forward to welcoming more students in her classes.
Currently studying for her Master´s degree in service design, she’s very interested in how services and clients influence each other to create unique experiences. In addition to that, she’s been a student of several languages and has a passion for learning about other cultures. Synne’s philosophy when it comes to teaching is that it’s supposed to be engaging. It’s important to her that the students and the teacher together create a safe space where there is room to make mistakes, have fun, make new friends and explore the language together.
Her conversation classes are usually a mix of reading and dynamic exercises, to make sure the lessons don’t become too static. And of course, making time for great conversations is a must!
Yvonne is a graduate of University of Agder, with a Bachelor´s degree in translation and intercultural communication and a Master’s degree in linguistics.
With a great focus on languages (both Norwegian and English), communication and encounters between different cultures throughout all her six years of study, Yvonne is very glad to have joined Speak Norsk´s multicultural team of colleagues and have students from all around the world in her classes.
Yvonne says: “Norwegian and English were always my favourite subjects at school and it was therefore very easy to choose a field of study. Especially Norwegian grammar and Norwegian spelling have always been close to my heart all these years and now I am happy that I have become part of the Speak Norwegian team, so that I can share my passion and knowledge with people who want to learn. In return, I also learn a lot about their cultures too! I am a very social person, so working as a conversation and grammar teacher is something that I enjoy doing a lot!”
Being a Norwegian language instructor for private schools in Oslo for quite some time, Barbara has gained the trust of many of our students who started their learning journey at Speak Norsk. She has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Norwegian language and literature; Scandinavian studies and is currently completing her education in Norwegian as a second language at University of Oslo. Barbara is passionate about helping others pass Norwegian examinations such as Norskprøve and Bergenstest and is easily approachable for any grammar questions.Her advice to students: Talk as much as you can! To your friends, family, coworkers or even yourself. And ask a lot of questions – curiosity is your best friend when you try to learn a new language.
Master in Norwegian grammar for second language learners
Currently finalizing his master in Norwegian grammar and teaching our advanced B2-C2 courses, Knut will capture your attention and commitment to learn from the first lesson. His inviting smile, broad knowledge of the subject makes him a perfect addition to our ambitious team of professionals. Also, Knut is one of the main editors of our advanced-level books.
Besides being a great tutor for our students, Thea also is a contributor and writer of our books and materials used in class. She is a graduate of Oslo University with a bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages and Literature and a master´s in Nordic Literary Studies. Her vast teaching experience from other private schools and many years of working independently as a translator, make Thea understand the importance of language in the modern world, especially for our students, for whom knowing Norwegian can represent a life changing experience. She is known for making students feel welcome and safe to make mistakes along the way.
Sarah is one of our most recent and valuable additions to the team. Describing herself as ambitious and always positive, she will happily greet you in her beginner classes. With over 6 years of work experience, she advises those who want to learn Norwegian to always take initiative: both in class and society – speak up your ideas in class, do the homework, talk to your locals in Norwegian and results will follow.
David joined Speak Norsk in the autumn of 2020 while completing his second degree in European Languages at the University of Oslo, where he is now undertaking a masters in linguistics. He is passionate about languages, semantics & syntax, and extremely curious about theories of grammar. Currently, David teaches our beginner students in the evening and weekend classes and has gained the trust of the team as a responsible and motivated colleague.
Currently completing his degree in Linguistics from University of Oslo, Gaute joined our team of passionate and creative minds to further develop his skills as a tutor of the Norwegian language and share with the others his fondness for the Norwegian language and to show that grammar can be interactive and fun.
His main advice for students who wish to become fluent, based on experience, is to never be shy or afraid to ask questions. Teachers are here to help and they truly enjoy guiding the students through the process. You can meet Gaute at our school in Oslo, where he is currently teaching our corporate classes and standard group classes for intermediate students.
Antje has joined the Speak Norsk team with the hopes of making everyone understand Norwegian pronunciation clearly and keeping everyone on track with their progress! She has studied Norwegian as a second language for a long period of time, and has the needed background experience from working in different private schools in Oslo, to fully understand the needs and requirements one has to have to become fluent in Norwegian. Her unique pedagogical skills make her special and loved by so many of our students, both in beginner and intermediate levels.
Vilja is set to conquer you with her smile and commitment from the very first class! She has proven to our students that repetition and perseverance can go a long way when learning a new language. Vilja describes herself as a language passionate and something that has always made her curious and eager to learn from. She is currently attending University of Oslo for her bachelor’s in Literature studies and advises her students to use their senses – listen to Norwegian radio, music, podcasts and series, watch Norwegian series, movies, read Norwegian books and newspapers, and speak Norwegian as often as you can! And of course, always do your homework!
Kristine considers herself a positive, motivated and committed person who loves to be social. These qualities go hand in hand with our working environment here at Speak Norsk, where we put a lot of emphasis on quality, commitment and social interaction. With plenty of former work experience in the customer service area and passion for teaching students her mother tongue, she takes care of our students, helping them to gain confidence in speaking Norwegian on a daily basis. You can meet Kristine at the school or in our online Norwegian courses, where she will guide you through achieving a perfect understanding and pronunciation in Norwegian!
Watch more of Kristine´s videos on Youtube
Tatiana will welcome you at Speak Norsk reception and you will get to interact with her on a daily basis at the school. She describes herself as a person who likes working with different people, assisting them in their everyday life. Her education comprises a Bachelor’s degree in pedagogy and she is a current student at Oslo Met, where she learns how to communicate and help others through occupational therapy. Whether finding out more about our courses or booking a private class, Tatiana will make sure you get the best customer service at our school.
Meet our always positive, Kjersti! One of our main receptionists and office administrators, Kjersti is assisting our students with their schedules, recommending them a personalized course, and generally making sure that everyone has a great customer service experience at the school! Kjersti has a background profile in Political Science and Business Administration and will greet and help you from your very first day at the school.
Currently a student at BI, Samer represents a part of our beloved reception team at Speak Norsk. He is a valuable colleague, always willing to help others and ensure good quality of service. Samer will assist you whether you are looking for your class, need a course recommendation or simply need assistance with your lessons.
In the earlier days of Speak Norsk, there was a gap in the market for effective and conversational Norwegian courses. Huzan saw the opportunity of helping her friends and work colleagues who were struggling in finding customised and conversation-focused courses. With her background education in IT, marketing, leadership and private tutoring, Speak Norsk soon came to life with small group gatherings at the local cafes in Oslo. It didn’t take long until Speak Norsk became one of the top and most modern schools in Norway by having its own-produced books, videos and specialised tutors. When designing the idea and concept behind the school organisation, Huzan thought about making it the most welcoming and unique place to learn effectively with one of a kind teaching methods. The unique approach led to the success and fame of the school nowadays through students’ achievements and results both from the school in-house courses and worldwide online courses.
As a translator and interpreter of 5 languages, Nicoleta knows exactly what it takes to learn a new language and how challenging it might be sometimes. When joining the team, the idea behind was to make the learning process easier and more efficient for the students coming at the school. She has completed her bachelor’s studies in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy, has graduated from multiple economical, law and leadership courses, and has worked in several international companies throughout the years, gaining the experience and knowledge needed behind running a language school.
Having in mind the overall well-being and successful integration of the students in Norwegian society, Nicoleta has been a vital part of Speak Norsk, from its earlier stage up to today, responsible for the quality assurance of all the services and products provided by Speak Norsk.
Founder Huzan in the Starbucks cafe in Oslo with students learning Norwegian together.
In the earlier stages, Huzan used in classes her own articles, which later contributed in the idea of having own-produced books. She wanted easily-explained and customised books to match the needs of students, especially in the conversational part of the Norwegian language.
Fun fact: Huzan started Speak Norsk school due to the fact that the cafe could not fit as many students (+50 students at the time) that led to the first official opening of Speak Norsk’s location. Today at Speak Norsk school there are more than 12 classes happening at the same time in our modern location on Rådhusgata 26.
After the huge success of Speak Norsk’s courses, the team kept on growing and now, there are more than 35 passionates and ambitious colleagues and members of the Speak Norsk family. We pride ourselves in always delivering the most high quality courses, professional assistance to students and guidance in their social life here in Norway.