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Which Scandinavian language is most close, relevant, to Dutch?

Hi, which Scandinavian language is the easiest to learn for a Dutch citizen? Danish, Norwegian or Swedish?

2 years ago

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I think Danish and Norwegian will be the easiest ones, and I even dare to say Danish. I know, Norwegian is very phonetic unlike Danish, but there are some little but remarkable vocabulary differences that make it easier for us Dutch speakers. That's my experience though. :)

2 years ago

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Defenetly the Norwegian.

2 years ago

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Probably Norwegian. Danish has some ... pronunciation issues. Swedish has a clear pronunciation but a bit different to Dutch. Norwegian grammar is a bit easier than the Swedish one. So if it is just about how easy to learn then go for Norwegian.

But that shouldn't be your only or decisive reason for selecting a language that you want to learn.

If you are motivated you can learn every language. If you are not it gets hard. If you learn Norwegian but want to go to Helsingfors or Åbo than it is a bad plan.

2 years ago

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danish!

2 years ago

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In my experience Dutch people learn Norwegian easily if they move to Norway (and often speak it better than many Germans who live here).

2 years ago

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Norwegian

2 years ago

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As a native Dutch speaker I can say that I don't find Norwegian very hard to understand to some degree. It's similar to the intellegibility between Dutch and German. (you can get the gist of what's being said if you concentrate) But learning a language still requires effort no matter how related the language might be.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jeremiah0033

Hi Kingstonlaguage, bent U nederlands of engelstalige? It depend totally. Fryske is the second official langage of Netherland. Danish has some strong ressemblance with it. I remember my surprise when I discover this during my study time in the Utrecht University. I'm a native french speaker from Belgium.I send you this https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friese_talen and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frisian_languages . You can acknowledge better what I meen. Have a great time .

2 years ago