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My Plan for my Germanic Quest

So I intend to learn as many Germanic languages as I can manage. ('cause I can ;D) I've already studied German on and off so ich kann schon Deutsch sprechen und verstehen, aber ich koennte es verbessern. I plan to pick up Dutch in due time and that will be helped by my knowledge of German.

However, the next language I'll begin now is Norwegian since I need to begin my journey towards the north Germanic languages. After that I'll pick up Swedish which will be fairly easy after Norwegian. If I'm up for it by that point in my quest, I'll have a go at Danish although I'll probably swerve my attention to the islands first and begin the effort to learn Icelandic.

As a bonus, I may learn one historical language and for me that would be Old English because my native language is Modern English.

Are there any language learners out there on a similar mission? Let me know how you're going about it amidst the business of everyday life. This quest may take a while, but I hope to get far.

(p.s. Sorry to those who read my last post about this already. Duolingo blocked me from the last post and I can't view it :( )

June 5, 2017



Me! I'm learning all the germanic languages I can, cause I want to visit and explore every germanic country, cause I love their history and culture.


Guten Abend! God kveld! I'm glad there are others doing this kind of thing. Haben sie probleme mit den verschiedenen Sprachen verwirren?

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    I'm on a Germanic quest too. Ich spreche auch Deutsch aber ich muss es auch verbessern. I'm basically doing the same route as you; Norwegian, then Swedish, Danish and Dutch. I'm also going to look at Faroese and there is a course here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9Z7mcoZscczMzNjMjZjOTItMTRjNC00MGE4LTliMGYtOTNkZmYyNTFjOGJj/edit?pli=1 with the audio here: http://www.stidin.fo/FaroeseCourse/ After that it will be on to Icelandic. For my Norwegian, I also use the Memrise Duolingo course and Clozemaster to drill vocab and learn the structure and I am working through the Norwegian in Three Months book, which I have had for years. I also speak Lallans Scots, but I'd love to look at some of the other minority Germanic languages too. I love the sound of these languages! Good luck with your studies :)


    Awesome! Good luck with your studies and I hope you achieve fluency in all of them. :)

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      Thank you and I hope you do too! Let's get these languages down!


      You should have a look at this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Germanic_languages to get an overview. Listen to them on Youtube and have a look at a Wikipedia article in the particular language of your interest to check if you want to learn it and to decide an order.


      I had forgotten about Wymysorys! Thank you for reminding me.


      If I were you I'd put Danish between Swedish and Norwegian, as it has at least considerable pronunciation differences that might help you avoid confusing the other two (Norwegian spelling more resembles Danish, but the pronunciation is much more like Swedish).
      I have little difficulty keeping Swedish and Danish separate, but my attempts to speak Norwegian generally change into Swedish at the drop of a hat...


      Interesting! Yes, I'm not in a hurry to add Swedish for now since my Norwegian is too new for that to go well.


      There is a small "risk"*, particularly with Duolingo, that one launch into a new similar language immediately that the course is complete, but before the last few (or many) lessons are firmly in one's mind. (Some people don't have a problem with this at all, nor with mixing similar languages, and some people find it more beneficial to study the most similar languages as close to one another temporally as possible - fair enough, then ignore the following suggestions.)

      May I recommend you alternate your learning of Northern (Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, etc) and Western Germanic (German, Dutch, etc) languages, so as to give languages longer to settle before study of the most similar languages begins. (This isn't wholly possible, because you will probably find there are more languages you want to study from one group than the other.) (If ignoring this, why not always look for the most similar language to the one you have just studied.)

      Also may I recommend on settling on one from each of Northern and Western Germanic (for example, Norwegian and German, as those seem to be the ones you are going for first) to push further than the others from that group - to listen to (internet) radio and videos of, and to read articles online in. Such a further improvement in just one language from each of the larger groups, should in general help the others too. Perhaps even touch base through extra revision with these main languages from time to time, even while studying the others.

      Just ideas. Your mileage may vary. Good luck!

      * I dislike my use of the word "risk" here. It seems too emphatic, or something, so I have put it in speechmarks to indicate it may not be the most appropriate word here.


      Thank you for the advice! You've actually echoed my thoughts exactly. I have experience with learning German (my first foreign language) for some years now. I'm not fully fluent but none of the German grammar is new to me. With Norwegian I've dabbled a little but now I'm getting serious. With my foundation in German and Norwegian being northern and not western Germanic I should be okay. If my Norwegian gets good enough I'll add in Swedish (maybe I'll start Dutch before that) and after that I'd like to try Icelandic.

      If occasionally I don't have enough time to improve and maintain all of them I'll focus on Norwegian and German.

      Thank you! Danke! Takk! Sprightbark!

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