"Norsk låner mange ord fra engelsk."

Translation:Norwegian borrows many words from English.

8/13/2015, 4:26:44 PM

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https://www.duolingo.com/AlexKarampas
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I thought it was the other way around!

8/13/2015, 4:26:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Ravnin

Both statements are true : )

English have many loan words from old Norse. And modern Norwegian have many loan words from modern English.

8/13/2015, 5:00:11 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjoerdd12
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Do you, by any chance, have some examples of old Norse words that are used in modern English? You have aroused my interest :)

2/23/2016, 8:35:50 PM

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Well, "loan" is of course one of them! :D

8/7/2017, 7:02:24 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjoerdd12
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Oh lol, just realise I am asking a question to a deactivated user.... Anyone else?

2/23/2016, 9:05:22 PM

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Wikipedia lists some of them.

2/23/2016, 11:54:36 PM

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Takk! "En lingot" høres mest riktig ut for meg òg.

2/24/2016, 5:50:05 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Sjoerdd12
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Takk Linn! Her, ha en (eller et?) lingot! :)

2/24/2016, 4:27:53 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StevenWest12

Since you're called Sjoerd, I'm assuming you're Dutch, so here goes:

Basically, any word in English that 1) did not come from French and 2) is not present in the Dutch language came from Norwegian.

That includes words like "mange" ("many") and "fra" ("from") in the sentence above and many, many, many more.

What is now modern English started out from Germanic languages spoken by German, Dutch, and Frisian settlers, before they were in turn conquered by the Vikings and thereafter the French. Hence, any modern English word you find will typically have been derived from Germanic languages, Nordic languages, or French. Only ~2% of modern English words originate from Celtic and loan words from other languages are extremely rare.

2/6/2019, 10:24:51 PM
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