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Thread: The Faroese Language (Føroyskt)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birkebeinr View Post
    Seems that the language on Færøyar is closer to "common" Scandinavian than Icelandic for some reason.
    Probably because of less isolation compared to Iceland (close to Norway), and lacking the conservative attitude regarding the language that Iceland has had; not consciously preserved the way Iceland has done. Perhaps reigned by Denmark or Norway longer or in a more intimate way, than Iceland.

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    There are no th sounds in faroese. Why they disappeared I don't know.

    They have been replaced with a number of other sounds- t v j closed g and vowels

    eng ic fa

    wether veður vevur
    others aðrir earir
    then þá tá
    baith baða sig fara í bea
    There þar har - sounds bit like hear
    þankyou þakka þjer takka tjer
    father faðir fajir / fayir
    both báðir bojir
    thief þjóvur tsjóvur

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    I love the way this language sounds, I've been listening to alot of the band "Tyr" lately and their songs in Faroese are great. I've also noticed that some words are similar to English such as:

    So - So
    Dag - Day
    Blindur - Blind
    Over - Across or Over
    Hede - Heath

    Of course alot of these are similar between all Germanic languages.

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    You've been listening to Sinklars vísa, haven't you? It's not in Faroese, it's sung in Gøtudanskt (local Faroese pronounciation of Danish).

    You did write two Faroese words there though: so and blindur

    The others:

    day - dagur
    over - yvir, um
    heath - heiði

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    There is a new language learning video on youtube. Enjoy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuxIw3i1oMY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slætartind View Post
    Icelandtic has rolling R´s, similar to the R´s in spanish and italian.
    The danish have a mute R.
    But in Faroe Islands and big parts of Norway and Sweden then the R´s are probounced like in American English.
    I'm sorry, but that's not true. Most Norwegians and Swedes pronounce the R in the English fashion in certain cases, like when it's succeeded by a T or D, but we usually pronounce our R in the same fashion as Icelanders, Italians and Spaniards.
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    I do not know whether anybody on here can answer my question but I am curious of Faroese dialects : I have seen that the pronunciation of Faroese vowels varied greatly from North to South and wondered whether some varieties of Faroese were closer to Icelandic and Old Norse than others. Shetland Norn and Faroese were, from what I have read, mutually intelligible - could Nynorn (the revived Shetland Norn being elaborated at the moment) be termed, in that case, a Faroese dialect ?

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