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    Quote Originally Posted by Leliana View Post
    For a total beginner:

    Would you recommend Danish, Swedish, Norwegian with Nynorsk and Bokmal, Icelandish or Old Norse to someone who hasn't any knowledge of Scando languages? Is there a Scandinavian language with more similarities to German than the others?

    And do you know a online course or smt. like that?

    Oh btw, I heard that Swedes and Norwegians make a bit fun about the Danish people, they say that they talk as if they had hot potatoes in their mouth! True or false?
    Whichever of them 3 languages you learn (norwegian, swedish or danish) you will be able to understand all 3 of them more or less.

    You dont need an online course, get skype and we can talk ^^

    Well, danish.. hmmm.. i guess i will piss some danes off with saying this but it actually sounds like they are talking with their mouth full of what ever they might be eating, lol..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leliana View Post
    For a total beginner:

    Would you recommend Danish, Swedish, Norwegian with Nynorsk and Bokmal, Icelandish or Old Norse to someone who hasn't any knowledge of Scando languages? Is there a Scandinavian language with more similarities to German than the others?

    And do you know a online course or smt. like that?

    Oh btw, I heard that Swedes and Norwegians make a bit fun about the Danish people, they say that they talk as if they had hot potatoes in their mouth! True or false?

    I would recommend Norwegian, it's easier for us to understand and speak to Swedes and Danes than the opposite way around. I guess it's because they influenced our language more than the other way around. Nynorsk is a more "real" Norwegian written language since it's based on our dialects whereas bokmål (Book language, we were under Denmark for 500 years and all the higher-ups used Danish) is based on written Danish.

    Modern Norwegian and Icelandic has the same roots so learning Norwegian would help a lot with learning Icelandic, although it's not that similar in modern age. I had German in school and I found it pretty easy since I'm Norwegian. They say that Dutch is also easy for Norwegians to learn. German has advanced grammar which would help with learning any other Germanic language.

    There are many free resources for learning Norwegian online, maybe someone can recommend some sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    I would recommend Norwegian, it's easier for us to understand and speak to Swedes and Danes than the opposite way around. I guess it's because they influenced our language more than the other way around. Nynorsk is a more "real" Norwegian written language since it's based on our dialects whereas bokmål (Book language, we were under Denmark for 500 years and all the higher-ups used Danish) is based on written Danish.

    Modern Norwegian and Icelandic has the same roots so learning Norwegian would help a lot with learning Icelandic, although it's not that similar in modern age. I had German in school and I found it pretty easy since I'm Norwegian. They say that Dutch is also easy for Norwegians to learn. German has advanced grammar which would help with learning any other Germanic language.
    Awww, great and useful informations! So my decision is made: I'll begin to learn Norwegian soon. And likewise 'thanks!' to Reginleif for the references!

    A few months ago I streamed a Norwegian movie with English subs, 'Bolgen - The Wave' about a Tsunami in a fjord. I could understand parts of the spoken dialogues without any previous experiences.

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