Is there a dialect in particular in which the Norwegian narrator is using? And if so, which dialect?
Just as I asked in the question above, I am interested to know if there is a dialect in particular that she is using. I know everyone is Norway speaks with a dialect. But just like with my language (Irish) there is a standard version which very few native speakers use, and I thought possibly she could be trying to speak standard Bokmål to make it slightly easier for the learners. Thanks in advance for any response to my query.
On a good day she's speaking what's referred to as Standard Østnorsk. It's not actually a dialect at all, but rather the closest thing we have to a standardised pronunciation of Bokmål. It's like UK's Received Pronunciation, sans the superiority complex.
Standard Østnorsk is very close to the most prevalent Eastern dialects, that is the dialects spoken in and around Oslo, and as such it's a good introduction to spoken Norwegian for a non-native.
On a bad day, her inner robot shines through.
Ah, I see. Tusen takk for det raske svaret! That pretty much answered my question perfectly. I can't wait to visit Norway. Especially the more rural and mountainous parts in the west where I know that dialects of Nynorsk are spoken. But as I understand it, they are familiar with the Oslo dialects ie. similar to Bokmål.. whether I will be able to understand them is another issue however.
Yes, you will be understood, but likely struggle to understand. Since you already know roughly where you want to go, you can start your focusing your listening practice on the Western dialects already.
One way of doing that, is by following the regional news channels. The newsreels from NRK should be freely accessible to you (if not, you can use a proxy), so you can start with "Vestlandsrevyen" and "Distriktsnyheter Rogaland" (TV), and "Distriktsprogram - Hordaland" and "Distriktsprogram - Sogn og Fjordane" from this page (radio).
Thanks for the links, I'll be sure to give them a listen :)
Another reason I chose Norwegian to learn, as well as my love for Norway is that I hear that it like 'the middle sister' of Danish and Swedish. With Norwegian being the most mutually intelligible language of the three, so possibly I can somewhat attempt to communicate through Norwegian with Swedes and Danes (I know they all have an excellent level of English.)
But yah, perhaps by learning Norwegian first, I can gradually grow to understand the other Scandinavian languages and then move on to their more difficult cousin, Icelandic.
Yes, Norwegian gives you a good foundation for branching out into the other Scandinavian languages.
Interestingly, our ability to understand our Scandinavian siblings has deteriorated ever so slightly in recent decades, with English media overtaking Swedish and Danish on Norwegian screens, radios and bookshelves. It just goes to show that exposure is key!
That sounds like a shame to me. It's great and everything that people are bilingual but it would be great if ye were able to speak to each other in your own languages.
My dad who works with Scandinavians all the time said they sometimes communicate to each other through their separate language but for the most part, they speak English.
I read something online which basically said that there was talk of creating a pan-Scandinavian languages that everyone would easily learn. I think this was back in the 70's or 80's but clearly, it never took off.
I think Norwegian might be the best choice since their spelling is the easiest one. I'm a Swede, for the record.