https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

What does Danish sound like to a Norwegian?

So I saw this (hilarious) video, and was wondering, is this really what Danish sounds like to Norwegians? Also, how mutually intelligible are the two languages? Takk!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqgRC5sfCaQ

September 10, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

It sounds weird. Very weird.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

How so? Can you understand it, or is it just gibberish?

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991

I can understand it if it's spoken "clearly," because I've done the Danish tree on Duolingo, but it still sounds like a garbled Norwegian.

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/DanXander

Hahah So funny because I completed the Danish tree already and watch Danish films/shows (with subtitles), and just started the Norwegian tree....and the Norwegian sounds soooooo strange to my ears. xD :D

October 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PumpedUpKickz

I'm not Norwegian, so I can't say what Danish sounds like to a Norwegian person. I can say, as an English person, that Danish sounds very similar to a Northern English accent spoken in Liverpool called "Scouse" ("Liverpudlian" is its proper name). This is why I'm going to do the Danish course after I have finished the Norwegian course because I don't think I'll have too much trouble understanding it. I like how Danish sounds too (and Norwegian and Swedish).

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/turidbrox

I'm Norwegian. To me it sounds like slurred/unarticulatedf Norwegian with a funny accent. If I don't focus on understanding it, it can almost sound German. Like Luke, I understand Danish if it's spoken slowly or clearly. My problem is to percieve the word boundaries.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/formaggiamente

Same here. Drunk, hyper-conservative Norwegian with a touch of German accent.

September 14, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/turidbrox

Also: Are there no consonants in spoken Danish? Everything sounds like a vowel.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

So it sounds like someone doesn't know how to articulate the words? i.e Iwenttothestoretodaytobuysomemilk.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/turidbrox

More like cannot be bothered to articulate. No offence to the Danes :)

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Ward79

I'm not a Norwegian speaker but I speak Spanish and I'm learning both Danish and Norwegian... I think it's like a Spanish speaker hearing a Brazilian Portuguese speaker:)

September 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/James238581

My wife is Norwegian and she struggles to understand Danish clearly! It's easy to read but the sounds are much further back in the throat.

September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/raans
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Hm, it seems to be the same as posted here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/10200531. (An HD version is also mentioned.)

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September 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/stonesong

I went to play with the Danish tree recently and it was quite insightful (aka weird) to hear how things were pronounced. Go try it! You don't have to be "fluent" in Norwegian to get a sense XD

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Guitardude2000

Thanks for the idea! I did that, and it did indeed sound like garbled Norwegian. I actually was able to test out of basics using my (admittedly small) Norwegian skills. It sounds like someone speaking Norsk with something in their mouth....

September 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/stonesong

Haha yes! They say that Danish sounds like Norwegian spoken with a potato in your mouth.... but I wasn't able to test out of anything when I tried, darn it, let me go try again XD

September 13, 2015
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