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Hi, I'm Mrs. Karen Thompson

I have been teaching Norwegian since 1995.  I grew up bilingual American English/Norwegian, and took formal classes in Norwegian starting at age 5.  I am fluent in bokmål Norwegian and almost fluent in the Trønder dialect.

I also teach Scandinavian folkdancing.  I danced with Grieg Lodge Leikarringen when I was four and five years old, and kept my skill going by participating in dance at youth camps, and now go to stemne in the Seattle area every summer to learn more dances.

I visited Norway for the summer in 1995.  I attended camp for four weeks in Sandane, Sogn-og-Fjordane, then visited with family in Nord-Aurdal, Valdres for two weeks.  I also have family in both Nord- and Sør-Trøndelag, as well as Telemark.

My degree is in elementary education, but I also have a background in genealogy.  My father, Mike Thompson, is the head researcher for the Scandinavian Genealogy Society, based out of Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

Karen in Norwegian bunad
Picture taken by one of my dance students

Office hours:
5:00 - 5:30 pm and 6:30 - 7:00 pm
Tuesdays (1st & 3rd)
6:30 - 7:00 pm
Office location:  Norse Hall

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