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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Tusen takk for alt (finished tree post)

After about 11 months of steady practice, I've reached the end-goal, the peak of the Norwegian Bokmål skill mountain, and 5/5 on the progress quiz. What a view!

The course creators and contributors deserve all the thanks. Not only did they create this fantastisk tree-mountain, but their support on the daily is outstanding. Every question I had was answered so promptly, and so kindly and helpfully. I hope I too have helped in some way through my own suggestions.

So may the tree prosper and thrive! Very excited for 2.0. In my opinion, the best course on Duolingo.

Beste ønsker til alle på det norske kurset. Ha det kjempebra!

Sophia

February 24, 2016

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

Gratulerer, Sophia! Quite the view indeed. :)

Thank you for your kind words and helpful input, and may you soon enjoy the even better view from atop Tree 2.0!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Takk so mye for making the tree so great, Deliciae. I'm amazed at the work you've put into and keep putting into the course, and I've really enjoyed the whole thing. All the best :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

How can we access the 2.0 tree? It will be a different tree or mix with the tree that we already have? Tusen takk Deliciae!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

It's not quite finished yet, and once it is it'll first have to go through an A/B test, in which you may or may not end up in the "right" test group. Provided it passes this test (fingers crossed!), you will gain access automatically. :)

The new content will be mixed in with the old tree, and you'll keep your progress for the skills/lessons that haven't been touched in the process.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

It seems very interesting what you tell me. I will have to work hard to pass this new tree, it is very exciting! It is a dream to see that I have much to learn ahead in the future.

Tusen takk for svar! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

Bare hyggelig! Glad to hear you're excited about the new tree.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stonesong

I am excessively excited :p gaaah I wonder how big the test group is :o


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iwc2ufan

I full agree that it's the best made tree - not that the others aren't good too, but they have done such a fab job. Jeg elsker norsk og de hjalp så mye med kvaliteten av treet.

Well done on finishing it and at a properly high level too. I see so many people who finish at level 10 or something. It looks like you did the thing properly with review.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Yes, the others are great too, but no other tree has won my heart quite as the Norwegian one has. Absolutt topp kvalitet!

Thanks :) I've never been able to rush through trees; have been obsessive about strengthening and making sure I remembered every word in a lesson. I love gold ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bergenhopps

Congrats, and welcome to the club of Duo trophy owners! I am so glad to see people enjoying this course.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Thanks! Quite excited to be part of The Club.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HessuVee

Congratulations to you, Sophia! I just started a couple of days ago and I'm hooked. Been plowing through the tree probably too fast! I should slow down a bit and practice what I've already learned I think.

Men hva kan jeg si.. jeg elsker norsk og jeg ønsker å lære meg mere. Den vakreste språk i hele verden. Uten ingen tvil.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Thank you, HessuVee! I was the same at the start of the tree, speeding through. It looks like you're doing super, though. Jeg elsker norsk også. For et kjempeflott språk!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HessuVee

Being Finnish I already know a lot of Swedish (it being the second national language here) so even though Norwegian is quite different, I can use the many similarities they share to my advantage while learning norsk. I guess that's why I've been so fast. The downside of knowing svenska beforehand is that I make a lot of mistakes in these lessons by using Swedish words accidentally! :) I'll probably end up speaking some weird mixture of both.. 'snorska' or something. :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Funny you should say that; there is in fact a term for the mix of Swedish and Norwegian: svorsk(a) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svorsk). This is why I am staying well away from Swedish (or Danish) for the time being! I would love to learn Finnish, though, ahh...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HessuVee

Well what do you know! And here I thought I was being clever.. Svorsk, huh.. That's pretty funny, actually. I'll probably have to put that on my CV some day. :P Thanks for the link! Here's hoping they'll add Finnish so you can immerse yourself in its weirdness. Maybe I'll be around then to give you advice, if needed. I'd like to see Icelandic and even Faroese here some day. Now that would be awesome!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Oh yes, Icelandic too! All the Nordic languages!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

HessuVee! You also have a great capacity for work.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strandfloh

Congratulations!

I've just started, and I hope to get there in a year, too.

I really like the grammar hints, and I'm quite a bit angry at Duolingo that they hid them in another account of mine on which I started (another of these A/B tests). Thanks to the Norwegian team for doing the work! (No thanks to Duolingo for making learning unnecessarily difficult by hiding the hints.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Yeah, I agree about that A/B test: I see absolutely no benefit in hiding explanations from learners. Not helpful at all.

Ah, enjoy your new journey through the tree! See you at the top :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

Congratulations Sapiophia!

I am glad you have studied so much and appreciates the good work of the team Duolingo. I want to ask you a question. When you read a text in Norwegian approximately what percentage you understand after finishing the tree with 5/5? I have curiosity! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

I've been reading NRK Nyheter on Facebook and noticing I don't know a lot of words. My strategy is to keep reading anyway and get the general gist, and only look up important recurring words or phrases. Knowing all the vocab in the quiz is a solid base, but it does depend on the topic of the text and if it has specialised jargon. 50%? Not sure, not good with percentages. Maybe higher for easier topics :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

You are right, it is difficult to assess the percentages. I try to be like you with the English language, I try to understand within the context of what I read, my vocabulary is very poor, I usually understand enough to get a general idea.

Gradually we will go forward with the language :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArrogantGiraffe

Another good one to read that I've been keeping up on is klartale.no. There are still quite a few words I don't understand in the articles, but I find I can get a better sense of what's going on than when I read Nyheter.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strandfloh

Do you remember how far you had come in your tree when you started to read on klartale.no?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ArrogantGiraffe

I probably started right around the clothes module IIRC. At that point there was a lot I didn't recognize (and there still is), but it helped me get used to seeing the words I did know. After spending a little time on there and using Google translate for single words I didn't know, I started to pick up full sentences much quicker.

The more exposure to the language you can get in different formats, the quicker you'll learn! (In my experience anyways)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Strandfloh

Thank you!

So it was shortly after the first check-point. It'll still take me a while because I'm a slow learner and need a lot of repetition, but I'm not in a hurry. I'll get there!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

Congratulations on a job well done!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Thanks! Looks like you are getting very close too; Adverbs 2 is where I started to get excited for the end...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tattamin

I hope to be finished before tree 2.0 goes live. Counting the lessons ...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philzz

gratulerer så mye!! do you have any specific plan for the future? reading newspapers/books? watching tv series/films?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Takk så mye!! Yup, I'll just continue and go back and brush up on my Memrise courses, watch films and TV (I watched Lilyhammer and it was great, I recommend), listen to music, read the news. I've got Ibsen's Et Dukkehjem to finish. What I really want though is to read Sofies verden, but it's so hard to obtain (in Norwegian) in the UK...and of course I must go to Norway one day!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philzz

ahah I tried to read et dukkehjem years ago, but I gave up.. I'm reading jo nesbø at the moment. I recommend him, his books are very nice and fun, and you can find them everywhere.

Check this out for Sofies Verden: https://www.tanum.no/_barn-og-ungdom/ungdomsboker/sofies-verden-jostein-gaarder-9788203258893


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

I have a parallel text version so it's not so bad, hehe. Oo, that looks familiar, think I almost ordered from there once. Eventually I will. Thanks for the link :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kubelnaby

Gratulerer så mye, Sapiophia. And I agree with you, Norwegian course is the best on Duolingo. Can't wait for 2.0 version.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/beekgeek

Gratulerer! That must be pretty satisfying -- and certainly inspiring to those of us still at it.

Totally agree with your comments about the great work from the Norsk moderator team. They deserve a lot of credit.

Ha det


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Takk! So kind of you to say it's inspiring.

Yes, without the team it wouldn't have been half as enjoyable. And of course it wouldn't exist in the first place...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azylira

Congrats Sophia! What was your average for a day? I have been pretty slow with the Norwegian tree, but posts like yours inspire me to work harder :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Thanks! I was pretty slow too, though I already knew some Norwegian beforehand. My target's always been 30 XP a day, though some days I go overboard and do 100+, hehe...but 30-50 average I'd say, and with frequent streak losses due to forgetfulness. You can do the thing :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nod84

Gratulerer ! Almost 14 thousand Norsk XP points ! That's an inspiration for us all


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

I ask a question here in case anyone wants to answer me. In Bokmål are there phrasal verbs as in English?

I have much more to fear from the phrasal verbs, that all spiders and wolves of the Norwegian tree. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae

Yes, there be phrasal verbs... and dragons!

(But don't worry, we've got your back.)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dfggeetyuu

Tusen takk for svar og for støtten :) Deliciae you have broken my soul to tell me that there are ... ha,ha,ha, (Here my smile for me should be ja,ja,ja in Spanish, but that in the Norwegian language would sound like a yes, yes, yes)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RobertAGun1

The phrase, "Takk for Alt" is used very exclusively. Its use is limited almost wholly to inscriptions on wreaths and tombstones. A walk through a cemetery will quickly reveal the frequency of its use on tombstones. For that reason, Norwegians will perceive its use in a context such as this as very unusual/ strange. Prefacing the phrase with "Tusen" won't do anything to change their perceptions.

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