I really wish someone would start up an Old Norse course on this website wouldn't it be cool to learn the language the vikings spoke
Right. I read something about Icelandic speakers being able to read old Norse sagas in their original forms.
I would recommend looking into Icelandic. Although its pronunciation has changed drastically, its written form is still very similar to Old Norse; Icelandic speakers can read Old Norse in the same way English speakers can read Shakespeare. Resources to learn Icelandic are more plentiful than resources for Old Norse, so it may be good place to start.
I agree with you, but first I would like to see the languages that are quite similar to Old Norse, these are the archaic languages, modern Icelandic, Faraose and Elfdalian.
Honestly, these three languages will be as close to Old Norse as we will get on here. Unless somehow there is an Old Norse revival...
I agree that Icelandic speakers can probably work through Old Norse texts, but they sound very different. The purely Northern sound of Old Norse is beautiful and intimidating to listen to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWJGOoRWtq4&t=1s the above youtube video has some great examples of this epic language being spoken. Hear for yourself.
I'm learning Old Norse in this course, try it, it may be overwhelming at the beginning but step by step you can learn it very well!! It is not like other websites of learning languages, it's not imprecise and gives all the support the student needs. I feel very comfortable learning in there. The link: https://notendur.hi.is/haukurth/norse/
I’m using that one, as well. The only trouble is that it is incomplete, but there are some other resources at the University of Texas at Austin’s Linguistics Research Center (LRC), and, for anyone willing to buy a learning course, Jesse Byock has a book entitled Viking Language 1: Learn Old Norse, Runes, and Icelandic Sagas. As for any other resources, there is some information on Wikipedia, though not enough to learn Norse. Given the current state of the number of resources, I would simply learn Old Norse as a supplement to Icelandic and just learn that instead.
What is the root of this language ? my guess, this is only a guess, is it is similar to Norwegian.
It is Germanic, more specifically North Germanic. Norwegian descended from Old Norse.
You could try to learn either Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish on here. They are descendants of old Norse.
I'd rather see Old English or Gothic than Old Norse but I would definitely do an Old Norse tree were one available.
the problem with that i assume is that old norse wasn't written so couldn't really be taught on here
An old norse course would be so cool! Either norse or icelandic would be awesome to learn viking history.
Since I'm studying Scandinavian studies at university and I've learned Old West Norse as part of my curriculum, I'd also like to see an Old (West) Norse course here on Duolingo. Reading old viking sagas in their original language - or reading pieces of literature in their original languages in general, for that matter - is simply fascinating to me, so I'd be willing to share my knowledge and contribute to the course! :)