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Why are you learning Norwegian?

IanDuke16
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I know. This might be a weird question. However, I believe it is a legitimate one.

What is your motivation in learning Bokmal?

It is indeed a beautiful language. I'm learning it because I'd love to visit Norway one day and potentially live there.

Why are you learning Norwegian?

And by the way, have you ever watched the TV series "Occupied"? If not, please do so. It is amazing!

Ian

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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I have to keep ahead of all these clever Norwegian learners!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/stonesong
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I can't help it, I've tried to tell myself countless times that my attraction to Norway is stupid and tried to distract myself with other languages and countries but I -just kept coming back- so I give up, I am hopeless :D

1 year ago

[deactivated user]

    So I am not the only one here :D Norwegian is the best language on earth!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/HeyItsOcarina
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    I am learning Norwegian because

    1) I am travelling to Norway one day.

    2) I want to write a book in Norwegian (due to Bokmål literally being "book tongue" in Norsk)

    Cheers, Ocarina.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Giokate

    I've always felt inexplicably drawn to Norway and the Norwegian language. My interest was further piqued in 2013 when I became aware of Ylvis. I started seeking out everything I could find by them on YouTube and wishing I could understand the videos that didn't have English subtitles. Then I started watching and listening to other Norwegian content. I even started listening to Norwegian radio just to hear the language even though I couldn't understand it, just because it sounded so good to my ears. I really love the language. There is no other language that sounds as beautiful to me. I am also learning French and it comes quite easily to me because I've been exposed to a lot of French here in Canada throughout my life, including having taken two years of it in school, but I don't enjoy it nearly as much. Norwegian is more difficult for me, but I love every moment of my Norwegian lessons.

    Yes, I have been watching Occupied and I love it!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/IanDuke16
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    Giokate, this is very interesting! I will certainly check out Ylvis. Thanks! Where are you from in Canada? I'm from Quebec City, but I've been living in Montreal for 15 years.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Giokate

    Hi IanDuke16! I'm currently living in Regina, Saskatchewan, but I'm originally from British Columbia. I grew up about an hour away from Vancouver. I have never been to Quebec. I've seen pictures of Quebec City and it looks really beautiful, with an almost European charm.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Jercia
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    Ylvis is flott. Jeg håper deg vil like dem.

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/BenZeller
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    In all honesty, I don't know why I chose it. Sure, I'd love to go to Norway one day, but I'd also love to go to Sweden, Denmark, Poland, etc., and I'm not learning Swedish, Danish, or Polish.

    With that being said, there was something that compelled me to choose Norwegian when I thought to myself "Which language should I choose?" There was something about it that made it so appealing, and so far, I've been pretty pleased. So I guess I'm not really sure why I chose it, but I love it anyway. It's a beautiful language (and so far pretty easy, though I know I'm going to come to regret saying that).

    And no, I've never seen "Occupied." I'm currently binge-watching Criminal Minds, and with that, there's no time for anything else :)

    ~Ben

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Suzannexm
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    I've visited Norway a few years ago and I loved it! I would love to visit it again. I think Norwegian is a beautiful language as well :)

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Diogo.Alvarez
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    Well, I became interested in Norway by listening to "Krokstav-emne", by Moddi (which I believe is not Bokmal, but I didn't know that at the time), and realising how beautiful the language sounds. Then I started to read stuff about the country and my interest only grew, so now I learn it because I enjoy both the language and the idea of eventually living there. Cheers!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Elana1818
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    I took up Norwegian because I wanted to "visit" a new language family. I'm a native English speaker and I've studied a Romance language (French) and two Semitic languages (Arabic and Hebrew,) but never a Germanic language. I didn't want to learn German, so I turned to the Scandinavian options and picked Norwegian. I'm not sure how far I'll take it, but I sure am having fun!

    Great question, Ian. :-)

    1 year ago

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      English is Germanic language too :)

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Elana1818
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      It sure is, but I've never "studied" it!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/IanDuke16
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      Good luck with your learning, Elana! You can make it to Level 25 and finish up the tree. By the way, German is a lot of fun too. It's on my bucket list. :)

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Elana1818
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      Takk, Ian!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Vero8367
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      I've just started because i'd heard / read so many times how close it was to Swedish that I wanted to see for myself ... I find it a funny challenge trying to remember differences ( so far !) , but I intend to go very slowly with it so as not to "endanger" what I learn(ed) in Swedish ! "Occupîed" : apart from the fact that you could have kicked their a... at leats 5 times in each episode for behaving like fools , it was not too bad :) ...( in English of course !)

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Jercia
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      Jeg liker Norge natur . Jeg liker fjellene. Kanskje dette er fordi, bor jeg i den appalchian fjellene. Fra Wikipedia: " The country-length (Norway's) chain of peaks is geologically continuous with the mountains of Scotland, Ireland and, crossing the Atlantic Ocean, the Appalachian Mountains of North America. Geologists hold that all these formed a single range prior to the breakup of the ancient supercontinent Pangaea." Jeg føler tilkoblingen. Språket er germanske som engelsk. Det tror jeg, kunne vaere lett å laere. Jeg var feil. Fortsatt er det så vakre som jeg baere på. Jeg håper å reise dit!

      I am re-watching Occupied! Very good!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/joey473

      I'm learning Norwegian because I like there culture and I enjoyed studying there old religion before they became Christian's. It was very interesting. And visiting Norway someday would be cool.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ShootTheMusician

      I'm learning Norwegian because it is the prettiest langugage on this very planet! I am usually attracted by northern lands, but Norway caught my eye like no country did. So I discovered its beautiful nature, music and the lanugage. Now I want to live there! :D

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      https://www.duolingo.com/stonesong
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      ^ that

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      https://www.duolingo.com/ShootTheMusician

      Thank you! I am glad you agree. :) Have a lingot.

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      https://www.duolingo.com/selah.scott

      I became interested after watching my favorite tv show skam, a very popular norwegian drama. I have since fallen in love with the language, I just find it so captivating and I hope to one day be a trilingual interpreter (english, asl, norwegian) :))

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/tarjei.s.m

      Of course to connect with Norvegian people. (And Tarjei. Heheh)

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Bubumadrid

      Funny enough. I was on youtube and this gaming channel added Duolingo into one of their videos. It was very funny for me. So I checked out the site and signed up. Backstory aside, I have a Norwegian friend in a game. We've been friends for years and I think she's awesome to know another language. So she started teaching me phrases in Norwegian. just to mess with me at first and I quite enjoyed speaking her language instead of English. Plus we had a few interesting discussions. Like the difference between some common phrases are different culturally. Like "How are you ?/How was your day ?" is casual question in America. While Norway you are actually asking for like the full play by play. Which I thought was interesting and few other things we talked about. Though if I knew I could learn Klingon. I totally would of done that first. Really just jumped into it heh. As for the TV show, read the wiki in english. Interesting premise, but I watched the trailer. I could only read "Hvem", so maybe book mark it for when I have more of a vocabulary first.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/IanDuke16
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      Hey Bubu, this is quite an interesting story. Well, if your goal is to meet people dedicated to learn Norwegian and meet people who love that language; this place is the right one. I wish you the best in your learning. :)

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Bubumadrid

      thank you! I hope you find the answer you were looking for when you made up this discussion. yes I look forward to communicating more with others. But I feel I should learn more of the basics before that. Cause I still confuse "Det" with "Du". But I am noticing a comprehension growing each day I do my dailys. Cheers to you!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Windestside

      Hei IanDuke ! When I was younger i was attracted by swedish language. Later, I did 8 months in norway for my studies. The swedish basis helped me to understand How to learn norwegian. But everybody is talking english there so I did not take Time to learn it. And then I did not pratice anymore so I almost have forgotten the few I knew. I came back to norway in vacation few months ago, and now I really want to learn norwegian ans maybe one day live there. I also have a norwegian boyfriend but i guess it is fun for to speak norwegian with me ! So, I want get better and make him the surprise to speak "good" norwegian :) Sorry for my english by the way, I am learning english too :) I am french.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/ASkilletFan

      2 reasons for me: 1. I am very interested in the old Norse explorers 2. I have to learn a language for school, and I like R.M. Ballantyne's books. He said that Norwegian was the closest language to English, so I tried it, and I think he was right. And now I have another reason, that it is a very fun language to learn.

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/henriks.kona

      SKAM

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      https://www.duolingo.com/jasonkuong
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      I FOUND MY PEOPLE

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      https://www.duolingo.com/henriks.kona

      yAAAS

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      https://www.duolingo.com/izzy07270

      ME TOO

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      https://www.duolingo.com/nessie_manticore

      SKAM is my life <3

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      https://www.duolingo.com/Kierathehippie

      Omg same! Season 4 is really good so far!

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      https://www.duolingo.com/cristinasaetre

      I'm here for the same reason ❤︎ Skam made me fall in love with Norway

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      https://www.duolingo.com/ArianiAF

      SKAM brought me here, oh my god now it's ending T.T

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/IanDuke16
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      Hi ArianiAF,

      Thank you for your comment. I've heard about SKAM and it is apparently very good. I know that a while ago, it was possible to watch the series with Norwegian subtitles on the official website, but they blocked it.

      Is there anyone who knows where we can watch SWAM with Norwegian subtitles?

      Thanks!

      1 year ago

      https://www.duolingo.com/Stach20

      Hello, I always want to learn some Scandinavian language. I heard that Norwegian is simplest. Norway is fine country, very beautiful. I had some thoughts to move there for better job, but in meantime a get great job in Poland. Music is another motivator, i would like to understand what i hear. I recommend: Dum Dum Boys, Shining (NOR), Skambankt. Lykke til !

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      https://www.duolingo.com/gothicsquirrel
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      I started learning for fun.

      I do dark ages re-enactment and as part of that I'm learning Old English and have picked up a bit of Old Norse from other members too. I started the Norwegian course to see how far I could get on my knowledge of those two languages (the answer turned out to be quite far) and I thought I'd just play with it until it stopped being fun. It hasn't stopped being fun yet, but I'm a lot more serious about learning it now.

      At some point, when time and finances permit, I'd like to visit Norway and go on a 'dark age' tour. That's always been a thing I'd like to do 'sometime' but now I'm learning the language I'm more motivated to turn 'sometime' into 'as soon as I can.'

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