Why are you learning Norwegian?
So we are learning Norwegian on duolingo. But what is your reason? Is it for work, school, fun etc.
Here is my reason (It is quite silly but interesting):
I have always loved and respected Scandinavia for many reasons including its education, scenery, equality etc. Besides, it is a great place for entrepreneurs and being an (child) entrepreneur myself, I would love to live there once.
Also, in case you haven't noticed from my profile picture, I love Frozen which is set in Norway. Watching that movie once again made me interested in Norway, its culture, history etc. So I figured out, why not learn Norwegian! It will also help me understand other Scandinavian languages also.
Here is a cool relevant Quora answer, I think:
I have loved Norway (from afar) for ages. I am an avid watcher of winter sports and started learning Norwegian 12 or 13 years ago so that I could read the Norwegian online newspapers and get all the latest news aboute my favourite athletes. I did not get very far, I fear. Now I know why - there was no duolingo aorund at the time! ;)
My boyfriend is Norwegian, simple as that :) (he, however, has Nynorsk as his mothertongue, but what can we do...) Also, for some reason, when I am in Norway, people often start talking Norwegian to me, even if it's an international place like Oslo Gardermoen airport or some tourist hotspot. As i see it, I don't look like Norwegian at all but for some reason people never see a foreigner in me. So it is easier for me to learn Norwegian already instead of asking everyone to switch to English :D
I don't look particularly Norwegian either (I'm a shorter guy with dark brown eyes), so it can be tough to break through the switch-to-English thing that Europeans tend to do when you speak to them in their language. That said, it's a wonderful feeling when fewer and fewer people do that, if you get past a certain level.
It depends on the situation. If you're in a touristy place like the Oslo airport or Nobel Peace Center, you'll likely be spoken to in English. That said, if you initiate the conversation with a well-pronounced "hei" or "god dag!" then you'll get this look of, "oh, I'll bite. I can speak to him in Norwegian." If your accent is neutral enough, you can even convince them you don't speak English, which I've gotten to work for me. You want to be insistent on Norwegian without being rude, which is a delicate balance in a bilingual society.
I'm completely fascinated with Nordic culture in general and with ancient medieval Norse culture in particular. I also love nature and Norway has a gorgeous scenery to offer. But I really started learning Norwegian on my own a couple of years ago after discovering norwegian metal music (Windir, Darkthrone, Isengard, Storm, Burzum, Myrkgrav etc.).
Nowadays I hope to become fluent in Norwegian (Nynorsk as written language) and be able to understand written bokmål, swedish, danish and spoken dialects all over Scandinavia as well.
I feel like I have so many "little" reasons to learn Norwegian, it actually creates a big one. Well, I have always been a bit fascinated by the Scandinavian countries. My region, Normandy, still has strong ties with Scandinavia (history uhuh), and especially Norway. I'm a fan of winter sports, and especially ski jumping, where I support the Norwegian Team. I'd like to be able to understand the interviews. I'm actually going to Norway for the first time in March, and I'd really like to know some words. Not much, but some words, so that I can express myself. I don't know, the language also sounds amazing ? Just... the sounds. As I'm learning English and German, Nowegian seems very easy, because they are very close... (I'd also love to study/live in Norway but...)
The silliest reason ever probably. I love watching TV shows and recently everyone was freaking out over SKAM, a norwegian TV show. I binge watched it 'till I was caught up and started watching the episodes as they came out. I was totally hooked. And now that it's on an hiatus 'till spring I thought it would be cool if I could learn a bit of norwegian in the meantime so maybe I would be able to understand a few things when season 4 begins. Also because for a while now, I have been feeling like only knowing italian (my first language) and english is not enough, like I could add at least one other language, not necessarily a "mainstream" one. On the other hand, maybe something a little bit more peculiar, but I just hadn't the motivation to pick one and work on it. Then SKAM came along! And who knows, maybe I'll find norwegian useful for something else too in the future! I actually hope I will!
I love languages in general, and learning languages is one of my hobbies. Since I'm already in love with Norse mythology and Scandinavian/Nordic culture, I figured I should learn a Scandinavian language. As far as I know, Norwegians understand (written) Danish and (spoken) Swedish better than the other two understand one another, which is awesome. Plus, I've always adored Norway for... another reason, so in the end: Norwegian!
There are many reasons why I am motivated to learn the language now such as interest, for fun, to help me learn other related languages (Swedish and Danish) and also because I want to travel to Norway. However, the reason I started learning it on Duolingo in the first place is pretty funny. Basically I wanted to learn Esperanto but was scared that it would be too similar to Portuguese which I had only recently started. So, I thought I would learn a language in between and by process of elimination I got Norwegian. It was pretty funny because I started Esperanto 1 hour later but I am glad I started Norwegian because I love it.
I've been to Norway twice now in 2013 with the Scouts at the National Jamboree and i got invited to go back for the May 17th celebrations in last year, I've made a few friends out there, They all speak good English But i'm trying to learn Norwegian for the next time i go out,
About ten years ago, I spent most of a year working there.
People there didn't make it very easy for me to learn any Norwegian, but in a nice way. For example if I joined a table in the canteen, people would suddenly switch to English to accommodate me. People kept wanting to "practice their English" - I've put that it inverted commas, because most Norwegians I met spoke flawless English already!
Excuses out of the way, I just didn't try hard enough to learn the language. By the time I went back, I could say little more than please, thank you and good morning - which is pretty pathetic. I've regretted not trying harder ever since.
So, now I'm trying to make up for it!
Because I love the scandinavian culture and... given than once I get my medical speciality here in Spain, the opportunity of getting a job will be very low, I want to learn the language in case I get a job there. I love the language and its people, and I certainly prefer to live there, even if it's a bit far from home, rather to live in, for example, Germany (no offence meant, but many youngsters here in Spain are obsessed now with learning german... and for the moment, I'm not that interested myself).
Aaaand, if I finally manage to get a job here, or if I don't end up living in Norway, I will have learnt a wonderful language, which will let me watch films and read books in Norwegian, which is one thing I'm really looking forward to :)
Reasons for me: 1: Family. My father is Norwegian, my mother is Dutch. I spend almost every summer and/or christmas break with my Norwegian family. We speak English because my uncle is Danish and my sister and I don't speak and understand Norwegian well enough. I just want to understand what my grandparents are talking about in Norwegian. :P
2: Study. I'd love to study in Oslo, but I'm not telling you what I'd study and why there, because it's so personal. I'm thinking of an Erasmus exchange for maybe as long as a whole year.
3: Fun. I love learning languages, puns, projects and the arts. Ever since I saw Flåklyppa I thought: "If only I could understand a little bit more...". More recently my attraction to the language was rekindled by Ylvis and Frozen. My goal is to watch a film in Norwegian without subtitles.
Well, when you love a Country, you want to learn the language, too, in order to better understand it. I love the amazing landscapes of Norway, everywhere it's like paradise on Earth. and I love the way of life of Norwegians, janteloven above all. Also, I would like to be able to read Et dukkehjem and other Ibsen's plays in the original someday.
I love scandinavian culture, so it only seemed right! I also want to get into icelandic, because I love viking history. I've heard Norwegian is probably one of the easiest to get into as an introductory northern language. Also, I've had a Norwegian penpal for nearly three years now. She's better at English than I am, so it hasn't been an issue. But I'd love to one day just write to her in Norwegian, and take her by total surprise. I think it might make a nice birthday gift :)
I love love LOVE learning all the different languages I can and just fell in love with the sound of Norweigan! I think it looks and sounds so beautiful and I hope to get a chance to use it with native speakers while traveling some day in the future as I love Scandinavian culture as well :)
And leave it to me to rant while just answering a simple question XD Sorry
It is fun, but I wanted an easier language. When I was reading about that, I found Norwegian. Beautiful... but not for that's easiness.... It is a goooooood language.
Well, the most honest answer is after binge-watching Vikings on TV, I wanted to learn a Scandinavian language, but not an ancient one. I was learning Japanese for like the fifth time in my life at that time, and it was just too alien to comprehend with the amount of time and effort I was able to give it. I already speak German, and have a particular fascination with the languages and history of Germanic Europe. And the internet collectively said that Norwegian is right in the middle of Danish and Swedish, so that's how I chose.
Hi Rameshv! The first reason is that, according to our family legend, my paternal great-grandmother was Norwegian; she emigrated from Oslo to the US with her family in the 1850s, and her older brothers fought in the US Civil War. Turns out I have no explicitly Norwegian genes, but Finnish instead.
The second reason is that I admire the Norwegian landscape, history, nation and culture. Have long wished I could live there, but have never been rich enough ;).
Now I'm retired, at least I can learn the language. Took French and German in high school, and began refreshing those on Duo as a brain exercise a few years ago. I've also tried Danish and Swedish here - can't manage the Danish gargle for more than a few minutes, and Swedish just doesn't sound as nice. Am waiting for the Icelandic, and hoping some day they add Finnish too. So I guess I'm also learning Norwegian just because languages are fun.