I finished the Norwegian tree today. Tusen takk!
Norwegian is the first language I'm trying to learn since high school, and I never was particularly good at any language back then.
However, I had a lot of fun learning Norwegian. What amazed me was how many similarities there were with my native language, Dutch.
Anyway, I want to say thank you the Norwegian team for creating this awesome course and I'm looking forward to any future additions to the Norwegian tree!
Tusen takk! :)
Gratulerer så mye!
We're already working on those additions, so stay tuned! ;)
Tusen takk! :)
Det er fantastiske nyheter, jeg skal se frem til det! :) (Hope I got that right)
Always nice to hear from those who have finished. ;) Any words of wisdom for those of us still on the way?
Based on your level I'm guessing you're around The Arts/ Health? My only advice from there is to take the time, there's not much grammar coming up any more (and the grammar that is still to come was not very difficult in my opinion). The main thing you'll be learning from there 'till the end are words, so just focus on learning those properly and maintaining previous skills. Good luck! ;)
One of the things that really made learning Norwegian enjoyable for me was seeing some words that can be literally translated to dutch, a few examples of the top of my head: 'Derimot' = 'Daarintegen', 'Ett øyeblikk' = 'Een ogenblik', 'pålegg' = 'beleg'.
Try spotting these similarities and you'll keep finding more enjoyment in learning Norwegian. Also, always read the explanations at the bottom of a skill. I found them very clear and helpful.
Veel succes en plezier!
Now I'm curious: what is the dutch word for 'et belegg'(a coating)?
We usually just keep the english word for that (een coating) but sometimes people might translate it to 'een laagje' which literally means 'a small layer'.
Well done! I'm always inspired by people who manged to make it to the end of the tree.
Just keep going at it! I also experienced a bit of a slump when I got to the skills with 9/10 lessons, but in the end it's definitely worth it!
Takk! :) I'm not sure. As far as reading it I feel quite confident, I can read most news articles from NRK without much of a hassle. (Still need to look up a few ' less common' words here and there of course)
When it comes to listening however, that's still quite difficult. I try to listen to NRK's 'Dagens nyheter på ett minutt' every day and can make out around 70-80% of what they're saying. I'm also trying to watch several Disney movies in Norwegian and I'd say the percentage of what I understand is about the same, maybe a bit higher. But when I watch a Varg Veum movie I still need English subtitles. Maybe it's just with those actors that I have difficulty hearing what they're saying or something else, but I have a hard time hearing the words. I do notice that I'm beginning to understand more than when I first watched one of the movies, so I hope it's just a matter of practice. :)
Dear Mr Bogus, A year on and what has happened to you ? Have you moved on and forgotten everything? Got better ? Moved to speaking? Let us know please.
Hi! I did not expect a comment on this.
Still reading and listening to Norwegian every day, I'm fairly confident in saying I got better. :-)
One thing I no longer can do is maintaining the tree. I switched to actually communicating with natives, no better way to actually learn!
Coincidently, I actually had to speak it with someone for real for the first time this week. According to her I am ' flink' at speaking it! :)
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Thats very interesting indeed. And congratulations again! Maintaining the tree is darn impossible I reckon..and as I ve got only 20 or so subjects to go I'm not sure I can actually get to fill and keep up every one up to achieve perfection, as they go down again faster than hårs dråws, to coin a new phrase. It's nice to be told one is flink but I'm afraid its a pleasantry which I got even after only saying 'Takk takk' two years ago. The real test of modest success is if they don't switch to English after two minutes. But I do find speaking and listening pretty tough and I have set aside this year for doing it at the expense of new words and just writing.
Certainly true, but our entire conversation was actually in Norwegian! :)
I'd recommend doing the 2-3 weakest skills and to set aside more time in actually communicating/listening when you have finished the tree. This is a fantastic course but Duolingo alone is simply not enough to actually learn a new language.
Best of luck Andy!