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Finished the tree + Review

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I actually finished it some time ago, but went over it a few times more just to be sure, because I'm about to give possibly the most glowing praise I've ever given anything, ever. Besides my wife.

This course is truly outstanding. If you're perhaps browsing the discussion wondering if this course is worth your time, it most certainly is. As someone who is fluent in four languages and had to pay dearly (more in frustration and confusion than money) to learn two of them, one of which being English, it truly boggles my mind that this course is free when its quality outshines those that are priced at $150 or even $250 dollars, and of the courses I have done so far, is the best on the site. I do have to add the caveat that it won't make you truly fluent due to the fact nobody really "speaks" bokmål, but that is a feature of Norway and its many dialects and by no means a fault of the course. However it was not difficult for me to simply observe and copy the south eastern dialect used by my Norwegian friend, and I now have yet to encounter a Norwegian who is aware that this language is not my native. But enough unspecific lionizing, yes? What EXACTLY makes this course so good? There's a great amount of care and consideration put into it, and it shows. The prevalence of word usage is cleverly arranged, there are some words outside this course I did not know, but they weren't words that are rarely or frequently used. They were words that are only sometimes used. The words that are rarely, or frequently, used are taught by the course. This is smart because it gives you the ability to easily hold a conversation and demonstrate to the listener that you're clearly trying to learn (how else would you know behøver?), and words that are only sometimes used will end up sticking in your head anyway from use outside of the course. In addition to this, there's a healthy amount of word play and humor in the course which serves to make sentences stick in your head, and by proxy, the words and grammar within. "Hvorfor er det en svensk telefonselger i sengen min?" in particular comes to mind. Perhaps the part that I found most telling, however, is the sheer amount of feedback I saw in the comments from the editors. Or contributors. Whatever you want to call them. Often times in courses it feels as if there simply were no contributors whatsoever, so bereft is the course of their presence. This is by no means the case in Norwegian. So rare was it that I was left unaware or confused by a sentence that was deemed incorrect that I can actually remember the specific two incidences. Yes, only two. Every other incorrect answer was either explained in the discussion of the sentence, or explained before the exercise even initiated, which is entirely my fault, and I somewhat suspect that the two incidences described above are similarly due to my own foolishness. Another very admirable quality of the course is the speed with which errors are fixed, sometimes in a matter of only a day, or even less. There's more I could say, but I've already typed up a veritable wall of text as it is, and this should be more than enough to convince you of its worth.

Tl;dr If you're not taking this course, take it. If you are, keep going, you will not regret it.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Deliciae
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Thank you for your kind words, Michael! :)

The course is our baby, so we're thrilled that you've enjoyed it, and even more so that you've seen good results with it. In the end, that's what it's all about.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaveSchaef
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I totally agree. This is the best course I have tried yet on Duolingo. The team that maintains it seems fantastic and the sentence examples are practical, interesting and often funny.

Huge thanks to the team that made this course possible! Tusen takk!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Thijmen98
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That's very impressing to read. I'm taking this course now for already quite a while, but it is the first language I'm learning that is totally new for me. Before I started Duolingo I already new a lot of French and German, and Spanish has a lot in common with French, but Norwegian is a whole new challenge. I sometimes find it hard to keep going on learning new skills, I usually repeat the ones I already learnt. It's hard to remember all the words because, in my opinion, many of them can't really be compared to other languages. So sometimes I don't really feel motivated enough to continue the tree, because it takes so long for me to learn new skills and to remember them well enough.

Therefore, I'm glad that you took the time to write this review. It's very, very motivating and I'm certain I'll keep going. So thank you for this post!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shimiiii
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tusen takk for your review of the course!

I started learning norwegian here on duolingo just a few days ago, it is definitely not easy for me to remember all the words, but i really enjoy learning this language a lot! It's very inspiring and motivating that you completed this course and now are able to have fluent conversations with native speakers!

Greetings from Germany! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Justin86301
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I am about two thirds complete and have labored daily. Reading this has given me the gumption to press on and finish. Thanks!

1 year ago
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