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Old Norse

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

March 24, 2016

27 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/chaered

Careful: wielding a Viking axe may rune your keyboard. :-)

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SupremusSwaggus

This guy.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Platypus01

If they ever do an Icelandic course, take that. It is reasonably close.

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Jenn362790

Right. I read something about Icelandic speakers being able to read old Norse sagas in their original forms.

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Hurnfil

Ohhhh yeah, Viking language... Hehehe...

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lgfanara

YES! That would be so cool. I find Viking history fascinating.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TrentonMor2

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.

March 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando

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.

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

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...

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TheEeveeLord

I love Norse mythology, so I would love to learn Old Norse!

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Hurnfil

me tooo

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/artemisfowlII

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.

February 24, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheAmazingGoat

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/

May 23, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Nondescrypt

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.

November 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Nondescrypt

It’s not as if I’m following my own advice, though.

November 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

If taught it with it's runes-script, yes! ;)

August 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/carlicita31

What is the root of this language ? my guess, this is only a guess, is it is similar to Norwegian.

March 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/brittalexiswm

It is Germanic, more specifically North Germanic. Norwegian descended from Old Norse.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/KatKoures

You could try to learn either Norwegian, Danish, or Swedish on here. They are descendants of old Norse.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AmareloTiago

I'd rather see Old English or Gothic than Old Norse but I would definitely do an Old Norse tree were one available.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/wladamac

Learn Icelandic and upgrade later the rest of the 7% you missed.

March 25, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/austinc01

the problem with that i assume is that old norse wasn't written so couldn't really be taught on here

March 28, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ungewitig_Wiht

Old Norse was written. The Sagas are in Old Norse

January 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Alaina947483

An old norse course would be so cool! Either norse or icelandic would be awesome to learn viking history.

June 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Mikaylakit3

Omt yes!! especially when you have viking ancestors

September 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Sinan104776

Yes I wish that too !

March 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/kv_e13

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! :)

May 13, 2019
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