The Multilingual Aussie
– I chose to study linguistics because I’ve always been interested in language and I'm a bit pedantic about the use of language, says Mattias.
He began as a psychology student, but decided to study linguistics to gain a more general understanding of languages. One of the things he likes about linguistics is that the studies provide the tools to better understand languages, which makes it easier to learn new languages. Mattias has good language skills:
– I speak German and Japanese, and I have taken Norwegian language courses here at the University of Bergen as an exchange student. I also read and understand Latin.
No language barrier
Mattias is spending two semesters in Bergen and speaks Norwegian well.
– The language courses are good and it’s very easy to practice Norwegian, he says.
– And even if you don’t speak Norwegian, that’s not a problem. Everyone here speaks English as well.
Mattias says that the learning environment encourages students to work on their own and be independent, as well as to attend the lectures and participate.
– I feel comfortable taking part in discussions and asking questions during the lectures, and I think it’s good that we can engage with and talk to the teachers outside of the classroom as well, he says.
– I was going to stay in Bergen for one semester, but I decided to stay for one more semester after joining the revue here at the Faculty of Humanities, Mattias says.
He speaks of an accepting and involved student environment.
– The environment here is great! I haven’t met a person here that I don’t like, he says.
The autumn semester started with an introduction week that Mattias describes as a fantastic event. Social activities are organised during the week that let the new students get to know each other and the city.