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hauer
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, 04:25 PM
(I thought it was better to post this article in here instead of the Norwegian and/or Danish section. )

It seems that the Danish pronunciation has become more different from the written language. As a result, Norwegians and Swedes can't understand the Danish language as easily as before.

I think it's due to the massive dominans of the English language everywhere in television, music etc., so it's not nessesary to make use of other North Germanic languages other than one's native language and English.

Truly a sad development.


Nordmænd bedre til engelsk end dansk

Tal engelsk, når du møder en ung nordmand eller svensker, for de forstår alligevel ikke, hvad vi siger, viser stor sprogundersøgelse

/ritzau/NTB - 19:43 - 12. sep. 2005

Norske 18-19-årige forstår bedre engelsk end dansk, viser en stor undersøgelse om sprogforståelsen i Norden, skriver nyhedsbureauet NTB.

- For den mundtlige sprogforståelse er udtalen det vigtigste. Derfor har både nordmænd og svenskere problemer med at forstå dansk, mens nordmænd og svenskere forstår hinanden ganske godt, fordi udtalen i de to sprog, er så ens, siger den danske professor Jørn Lund.

Det er første gang man har foretaget en undersøgelse, der sammenligner den nordiske sprogforståelse med engelsk, og det er derfor vanskeligt at sige noget sikkert om udviklingen.

Arne Torp fra Oslo Universitet, mener, at en af grundene til, at vi har svært ved at forstå hinanden, er udbredelsen af engelsk, og så peger Torp på, at dansk udtale fjerner sig stadig mere fra skriftsproget.

hauer
Tuesday, September 13th, 2005, 04:31 PM
Wikipedia has a reasonably good article about the North Germanic languages (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Germanic_language).

Good diagram.
http://www.forums.skadi.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5921&stc=1&d=1126625488

lei.talk
Wednesday, September 14th, 2005, 11:31 PM
One witticism about Norwegian

that expresses the basic similarities
and differences between the languages

is that "Norwegian is Danish spoken in Swedish". (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Germanic_language) reminded me of my french-language tutor
that prefaced my first lesson,
"young man,
i am going to teach you
to speak english - correctly".

Aor
Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 12:15 AM
reminded me of my french-language tutor
that prefaced my first lesson,
"young man,
i am going to teach you
to speak english - correctly".

If I understand correctly, this is a typical French attitude. That teacher was a French himself, wasn't he?

Blondie
Thursday, September 15th, 2005, 12:24 AM
I have noticed Norwegians speak better English than Danes, but then again, I wouldn't say that is a norm since I don't know all Danish people. ;)