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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.

January 11, 2016



I just think that Norwegian is a cool language. :)


Bjørneunger :D


Apparently 'bjørneunge' is Danish and 'bjørnunge' is Norwegian... However, it seems like 'bjørneunge' is still somewhat common in Norwegian.

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Several reasons here:

After you learn Danish, it is logically the next thing to do.

Because Norwegian sounds funny!

Because Norway is beautiful!

Because I like to watch Norwegian TV!

Because I like Scandinavian culture!


I am planing to learn Norwegian at some point just because of ... family and Norway. I have some family established in Norway, and the kids only speak Norwegian.


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! ;)


Fun and I just can't stop trying new languages. Norwegian is one of my absolute faves though.


Wow. I can see that you love learning languages.


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.


Do people speak English first to you in Norway as well? :) since you said you don't look local


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.


Kudos for knowing Windir :)


It's a bit of everything for me:) There are many reasons why I chose to learn Norwegian.


Fascinated with all things north


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 am with you. I watched Skam and I am now obsessed with everything Norwegian


Same! Can't wait till season 4.


learning Norwegian because of Skam :)


I was actually thinking of watching that show because I have holidays now is it worth a watch?


100%! it's fantastic :D


Partially family reasons, partially because of Frozen, because it's a good introduction to Nordic languages, so I can respond when Norwegians come up to me and speak to me as if I am a local. ;)


Same here! Frozen has done good service to Norway. I am guessing you live in Norway.


No, I don't live there although I have visited MANY times and to be completely honest my Norwegian is probably better than I give myself credit for. Jeg kan snakke litt norsk. ;)


And the little Norwegian I do know probably wouldn't be incredibly useful in a travel setting. Eg. 'Har du penge? Jeg er sliten/sulten! Kan vi gå? Nå!?' (do you have money? I'm tired/hungry! Can we go? Now!?)


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!


I was introduced to Norwegian through my favorite rock/metal bands, and I wanted to understand the lyrics. So here I am! I now consider learning Norwegian a fun hobby. :-)


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!


Norsk rocker.


I'm wanting to go to norway to see some football games and also wanted to learn a new language :)


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 :)


Two random reasons: discovered Karl Ove Knaausgård's books and cross-country skiing :)


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.


I want to go to Norway on my gap year so I may as well learn the language instead of relying on finding an English speaker. I love Norway in general also. ULV BJORN!


It's for fun. I have visited in Norway and will visit again, but I want also read more Norwegian books in original language. My Swedish is quite good, so Norwegian is easy for me. I'm only practising words which are different or writed differently.


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 started watching Skam a few months ago and became instantly obsessed. I really want to be able to understand it without reading the subtitles, and I find learning languages quite fun :)


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 :)


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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

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    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.


    I have a relative who emigrated in 1900 to US, and would like to read family genealogy in Norwegian, as well as feel a connection. Also, I live in the Pacific Northwest, which is full of blockheads like me, and hearing the language is like coming home.


    In a year I'll be taking a tour to Copenhagen, Denmark and Svalbard, Norway. I'd love to learn more of both languages over the next 12 months. Understanding signs, menus, directions and simple conversations are my goals.


    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.


    Season 3 of Skam changed my life so as a way to say thank you here I am trying to learn Norwegian


    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.


    Norwegian is said to be one step away from both Icelandic and English. English being my mother tongue, and Icelandic my need, it seemed a good fit.

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