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is Norwegian or Dutch easier? Grammar, vocab. From English

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I studied some German in High School but the grammar is killer. would possibly like to get into a germanic language again, for fun

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I'd definitely say that Norwegian is more straightforward in every way. However, if you're more interested in Dutch, don't pick another language just because someone else says it's easier. If you have no prior leanings, though, the Norwegian course is the longest and most comprehensive course on Duolingo...

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

I think Norwegian is easier, but Dutch has easier pronunciation for me. Dutch sayings make no sense though, like "Ik ga maars eens slapen" = I'm going to sleep, but lit. I go but once to sleep

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jersebas
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The Dutch "saying" you mention is not really a saying but uses the interesting word eens which has multiple meanings/uses, once being one of them. But I'll admit it may be a bit hard to get the nuances of that one ;)

As to the OP's question, as a native Dutch who studies Norwegian on Duolingo my guess is that Norwegian is indeed easier. Pronunciation is hard to compare for me as I'm used to Dutch, but I get the impression vocabulary is pretty similar (a lot of Norwegian words look like Dutch ones imo), both have male/female/neuter nouns (de/het words in Dutch, en/et in Norwegian) but it's not as complicated as in German with different forms for object/subject/etc. Verbs in Norwegian are fairly easy as they only have one form for each time (e.g. jeg drikker, han drikker, vi drikker = I drink, he drinks, we drink as opposed to ik drink, hij drinkt, wij drinken in Dutch).

Might be useful to hear from somebody who is not a (Dutch) native but has studied both for a better comparison though ;) Good luck with your choice and have fun learning! :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thijmen98
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The Dutch saying "Ik ga maar eens slapen" is just a normal saying. At least I say it quite often (I'm native Dutch). I agree it can't be translated literally. It's hard to think of a decent translation for it but you should see it that somebody means to say: "I'll just go to bed". I say it when I find out that I'm too tired and the wisest thing I can do, is going to bed.

I'm not sure if I made it clearer. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lordofthedeities
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It's almost the same as in English: - I'm going to bed -> Ik ga slapen. - I'm just going to bed -> Ik ga maar eens slapen.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GMorilloM
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Both "maar" and "eens" are 'modal particles'. These cannot be translated literally. For some more information, this might be useful:

https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modaal_partikel

(In English, under point 3): http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/dutch/guide/facts.shtml

If you want the ultimate sentence filled with modal particles: "Ik ga nu toch maar echt eens eventjes naar huis.", which means something in the direction of: "I am going home now.", expressed very politely and I would say hesitantly.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Captain_Duo
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According to the Foreign Service Institute, Dutch is the easiest language for an English speaker to learn. but, it might depend on how you think. you just gotta try both and see which one is easiest

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviPolasak

It's definitely not the easiest, because of all the weird rules and irregularities. There are languages that don't have tenses nor conjugations, which is much easier

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiMo28
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Spanish was much easier than Dutch for this English speaker to learn.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Q. Where can you find a test of your knowledge of word vocabulary in Spanish? Test of 50 words

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https://www.arealme.com/spanish-vocabulary-size-test/es/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knudvaneeden
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Q. Where can you find a test of your knowledge of word vocabulary in Dutch? Test of 50 words

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https://www.arealme.com/nederlandse-woordenschat-test/nl/

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blackbeart

I've found learning Dutch actually quite easy. To me the grammar seems more straightforward than English and it also seems like there are less exceptions (I'm a native English speaker). I also learned a tiny bit of Norwegian and it also seems relatively easy. I believe Dutch is more similar to English so that has it going for it.

1 year ago