Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Unexpected ending, typical Roald Dahl

I have read the story The Landlady

There was a young man who wanted a place to live for the night. When he first looked in window the thought it looked very nice and comfy because there was a fireplace and a dog. In the first place he liked the little place and the woman who run it seemed to very nice. Later on he notices that there was bad things happening in the comfy little "bed and breakfast".  The women had stuffed her animals. She also said there was someone living at third floor. But there was no one at third floor. Sooner the man noticed that the persons "living" on third floor was stuffed like her animals.
In the end the man dies. He was poisoned by the tea they drank. In the novel you may noticed that he said he tasted bitter like almond.

I wonder why the man did not leave the place when i started to noticed that bad things happening there. Someone you got any good ideas?

I have also seen the movie by Hitchcock. He have done almost exactly the same. There is a few differences, The man is twenty two in the movie, and seventeen in the novel. It was also a little bit more difficult to see that the was poisoned in the movie. In the novel we get it quite fast. In the novel the lady got three floors and in the movie she only got one, so the setting was a little different.

I am not sure if i liked the novel or not. I find it a little bit hard to understand english novels because you have to read between the lines and think about what you read. Eventhoug i think it's funny whit such a funny way to end a story. You just sit there and in a way have no idea what just happened. I also find the story a little bit nasty but I think it was a kind of funny.

What do you think about the movie?

Here is a link to the movie:

This is a link to the novel:

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Social and cultural values

11. september 2012

This i written by me, but my friend Ewa has written more on here blog at www.englishewa.blogspot.no
I have written about social questions and Ewa has written more cultural questions
This is how boys and girls in the age 15-19 years old and who they spend their time.

 This is how an American teen spend their 24 hours. Do you agree? If not, what is different and who do you spend your time? What is typical an American teens life? 

This i a  link to were you can find more stats about american people.

What is a great differences between Norway and the United States?
In my opinion living in Norway is better than living in the USA. I have never lived in the states and not trying to live the American dream.
A great difference  is the tax. Here in Norway we pay tax after how much we earn. The tax we pay is used to build roads, bridges, hospitals, schools, kindergartens and other official things that we need. In the states you have to pay for all this. An accident can ruin a whole family because they have to pay for the hospital.

  1. What do the tax you pay to the government get used to? 
  2. Who much do a normal person in USA pay in taxes?

Another question I got is how the American school is. Here in Norway we start school in an age of 6. We have seven years in a primary school and after that we have three years on a lower secondary school. Afterwards we also have three more years on high school. The first ten of these years is obligatory. And the three years at high school is optional but every Norwegian teen got the right to go to a high school. All this years is free and even university is free. Its just the private schools you have to pay for. Every public school is free.
  1. How is the  school system in the states?
  1. Do you have to pay for school and how many of the years are obligatory?
  2. Is there religion teaching in school? In case if yes, what kind of religions are you learning?

Religion in Norway is multicultural. After a lot immigration from other countries we have a multicultural country. Even if we are multicultural our national religion is the Christianity. We follow the Christian traditions like Christmas, Easter and Pentecost.
  1. Which religion is your national religion?
  2. Are you taught in different religions in school?
  3. Which religion do you follow and which holidays do you have?

I hope you will help me whit these questions and i will gladly help you if you got some questions about  cultural an social values in Norway.