Life in Norway Show Episode 22: Meet Mexican YouTuber Pame who has lived in Norway for seven years and runs a popular YouTube channel all about her experiences in the land of the Vikings.
There are quite a lot of people making YouTube videos about Norway these days, but not so many in Spanish. I've been watching Pame's YouTube videos for years as they have helped me get better at Spanish! I'm delighted to welcome her onto the Life in Norway Show.
We chat about her experiences moving to Norway as a student, learning the language, and adapting to Norwegian culture. I also ask her about the most popular videos on her channel, and what exactly goes in to making a video.
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Perceptions of Norway in Mexico
Pame says that a lot of people back home believe most Norwegians are very cold. “It's because we as Latin Americans are very loud and laugh a lot! One thing a lot of people tell me is that they think Norway is cold the whole year.”
The Vikings are also a famous icon of the Nordic countries throughout Latin America. “I love the history, and to learn about their beliefs and their mythology. People don't so much that they were merchants and negotiators”, says Pame.
Videos about Norway
Pame says she started her YouTube channel because she wanted to create a bridge of understanding between Norway and the Spanish speaking world.
“I make videos about many different subjects. Blogs about daily life, interviews with local people where we go to their home or place of work. We talk about their life, work, and their interests. Also we do travel blogs and story time videos where I talk about my personal experiences here.”
“We visit universities, museums, make videos about Nordic mythology and teaching basic Norwegian because people want to learn. We also make collaborations with Mexicans that live around the world. That's interesting because we can compare experiences and learn a bit about other cultures.”
“I think my most watched video is one where I ask Norwegians on the streets of Ålesund about their perceptions of Mexicans and Mexico. That was very fun to do because on that specific day it was snowing so much!”
During the show Pame talks about how she took part in a study by a Finnish researcher into communication within intercultural relationships. You can watch an interview with her here (the English starts after around 2 minutes!):
“I'm interested in communication and linguistic practices in couples who use English as their lingua franca in their relationship, but when neither of the partners speak English as their native language.”
Links from the show
- Pame's website
- Pame's YouTube channel
- Como Mexico, real tortillas in Stavanger
- The Norwegian dugnad
- Why I love Ålesund (and why you will too)
- Follow Pame on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
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