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    Most of the Germans who immegrant to Norway are from Eastgermany (there are often documentaries on TV) who are excellent workers but have no chance to work in Germany. It´s becoming quite popular to migrate to Scandinavia or Australia (at least because of the TV-shows) but sometimes they don´t even speak English....
    Die Intellektuellen von heute versuchen, den Nationalismus als eine Sünde gegen die Menschlichkeit zu brandmarken. Sie versuchen, uns glauben zu machen, daß dem Wort Nationalismus eine Infamie anhängt. Aber sie verkennen, daß der Geist des Nationalismus aus der schöpferischen Tiefe der menschlichen Seele stammt. Daß er aufsteigt von dort als das gewaltige Verlangen der Menschen, frei zu sein, frei von fremder Herrschaft, und sich nach eigener Art selber zu regieren! Herbert Hoover

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    For anyone who is interested in learning a foreign language, I recently discovered an excellent, intereactive language learning software called Rosetta Stone. I was up late, watching infomercials on TV () and I saw one about this program... it looked interesting, so I visited the website.

    On the website for Rosetta Stone, they have a free, multi-level, comprehensive, and interactive demo for each of the languages they offer, including: Swedish, Danish, German, Dutch, Russian, Welsh, etc. (29 languages, in total) The demo center can be found HERE (that's the link to the full demo), and all you need to do is install a Macromedia Shockwave player to use it. (if your pc requires it, the download promt will pop up automatically).

    I've tried the German demo, and was so impressed by it that I've decided to purchase the software.

    What makes this such a great learning tool is the way it's set up... It uses the technique of "dynamic immersion". Here is what the website say's it's language software offers:

    Rosetta Stone uses native speakers and everyday language to develop your listening comprehension skills easily and naturally.

    The Four Keys to Language Learning:

    Listening - Rosetta Stone uses native speakers and everyday language to develop your listening comprehension skills easily and naturally.

    Speaking - Improve your pronunciation by using dynamic speech recognition to compare your speech with a native speaker.

    Reading - Develop your reading skills by linking written language to real-life objects, actions, and ideas.

    Writing - Write what you hear and the computer checks your spelling, syntax, and punctuation so you can learn from your errors.
    I really would recommend this to anyone who is wanting to learn a foreign language... Nobody wants to just learn to speak a language, but also to understand it, read it, and write it, that's why this seems to be such promising software. Atleast try the demos out, if you are curious.

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    I'm trying to learn some Icelandic. I have an icelandic guy on msn who is really into teaching foreign people icelandic
    I only note down the icelandic words, and ask what they mean (But Icelandic is sometimes very like Norwegian, so it isn't so hard) and how to pronounce them.
    Very easy and don't cost me anything

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enhjørning
    even if you are kidding, R&D, quit being so disrespectful about the Finnish language! We have many members here who are from Finland, and I'm sure they do not appreciate you sense of humor. eyes:
    Not that touchy, just incomprehensible.

    You see, finnish as a language says everything exactly as meant, so for example "senkin poron nussija" -you reindeerfucker, gets just the response. "oh, really?", considering it a factual statement that is clearly wrong.
    Afterall with that statement the person just dicredited themselves, rather than succeeding in humiliating.. which is why swearwords are really just used to express a personal dislike of someone rather than their worth.
    Which can be hurtful if that person actually liked the first one, and wanted to be friends.. a rejection in other words.

    Anyway, so when we say something we mean it.. especially in jokes.. when that whole aspect usually makes it even funnier.

    Now as for wheter finnish is eskimo jabber or whatever, the truth is that finnish was invented as a code language that is meant to be impossible for that eternal enemy, the russians, to understand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki
    Now as for wheter finnish is eskimo jabber or whatever, the truth is that finnish was invented as a code language that is meant to be impossible for that eternal enemy, the russians, to understand
    I knew it! :icon12:
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
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    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

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    I took a basic course in Swedish over a year ago.. it was insightful, but limited, and since the course finished, i have never had a chance to use it.. and i feel i have rendered myself pre-basic once again, although saying that, i can understand alot of it in written form in personal conversation..

    Recently, i have begun a self teach Norwegian Language course, aimed at getting the basics down to a T. Thats my goal, just to store correctly the grammar, pronounciation and basic understanding.. That's all you can do really without speaking a language daily and living in Norway.

    Neither Swedish nor Norwegian has felt too difficult, rather, i jus see the similiarities with English on so many words and verbs.
    The only problem i have is dedication and concentration.. my mind wanders..
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    Germanic Languages

    Frisian is probably the Germanic language that has the most in common with English, but I know very little about it.

    If you learn a Scandinavian language, start first with Norwegian or Swedish if you have a choice. For English speakers these languages are relatively easy for many people because of the very similar grammar and many shared vocabulary words. If you learn Norwegian riksmål (realm language) = bokmål (book language), you will be able to understand most Swedish and read Danish. Norwegian does have more dialects than Swedish. In fact there is a Nynorsk language that provides a written format for people in the country to write in their dialects. If you have a good ear for music, you will be able to get around pretty well with either bokmål or Nynorsk. My impression is that most Norwegians stay with their dialect as a matter of local patriotism, so you will have to try harder to adapt to the local language in Norway than in Sweden.

    The advantage of Swedish is that it is the largest language in Scandinavia and it is the second language of Finland. Another advantage of Swedish is that dialects now are mostly a question of accent as opposed to accent and vocabulary as they tend to be in Norway. Mass median has taken its toll on local vocabularies, though use of dialect accents is now very widely understood and accepted throughout Sweden. Swedes also tend to be more willing to speak to you in rikssvenska (realm Swedish) when they realize you are not a native speaker. Though you will be able to speak with more people in Swedish, reading Danish is going to be a little harder than it would be if you learned Norwegian bokmål.

    Icelandic is even more inflected than German, but it is the root of all the Scandinavian languages because the Icelandic language is little changed since viking times. I would advocate every person interested in Scandinavian languages learn some Icelandic as it will be very helpful if you are interested in the history and evolution of the Scandinavian languages. One can say the same for Faroese.

    Finally a couple of words about Finnish. Finnish has its roots in the Ural mountains and is closely related to Estonian. I have been trying to learn Finnish for some time and it is a real challenge. On the other hand, the Finns are very happy when someone is sincerely trying to learn their language.

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    Once you "learn" a language, but have no way of speaking it conversationally, go on youtube and type in german words and watch the youtubes that come up in the german language and if they are subtitled in english, don't look at the screen. Just listen. Even if it's something boring, listen to it anyway. We don't always have the chance to talk about the things that interest us.
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    Nynorsk is not its own Norwegian language. Nynorsk and bokmål are the two official way of writing in Norway, and they are equal academically etc.

    Sad to report that nynorsk is less and less popular, most people use basterdised Danish (Bokmål) to write Norwegian.

    There was an important meeting about Norwegian in the 40's, but the meeting was called off. Germany had invaded us.

    Nynorsk never got back to the level of use it had before the war.

    And neither bokmål or nynorsk are dialects, they are used for writing. So if you say that someone speak bokmål, that is not correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TisaAnne View Post
    For anyone who is interested in learning a foreign language, I recently discovered an excellent, intereactive language learning software called Rosetta Stone[/URL]. I was up late, watching infomercials on TV () and I saw one about this program... it looked interesting, so I visited the website.

    Every time I see this program at stores now, it's all rows and rows of Spanish language with maybe one French disk peppered in somewhere.
    I know they have a wide array of languages available, but they sure are not diversifying their brick and mortar product any.

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