https://www.duolingo.com/KennethMun

Danish native language

I would like to know if there are any plans on adding Danish as a native language?

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
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I presume you mean adding courses to be learnt from Danish?

I do not know what Duo's plans are but I did see a couple of years ago that this was unlikely as most children in Denmark (and other Scaninavian countries) are taught English from a very early age and that it would be an unproductive use of resources.

I don't know if things have changed since then though, although with all the other development work going on I think it unlikely.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KennethMun

That's exactly what I meant. However, even though many danes speak english fairly well it's still a second language and the "feelings" are not there (E.g. You can say I love you in english and feel nothing. the same words in danish are much harder to express while looking someone in the eyes). Therefore the understanding/comprehension will not be the same as using your native language. I think it's a mistake on Doulingos part as language learners.

Thanks for your time.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xymheia
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Agreed, also some languages translate better to your native language even if you are fully fluent in English. In my case learning German from Dutch is easier than from English because the languages are more alike but for other languages it may be different. Phrases in German can often be directly translated to Dutch but have to be modified to mean the same in English which is cumbersome. I don't speak Danish myself but I suppose it may also be true for Danish.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Oritteropo1
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Do you think that (i.e. the feelings) depends on the age you start learning, or do you think it's always the case for a second language?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xymheia
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I think it depends on how well you've internalized the language with its accompanying culture and how expressive you are. Some cultures and languages are much more inviting to 'speaking with passion' than others. What is normal in one culture can be too animated or not animated enough in another. It explains why people who speak multiple languages can seem entirely different persons when switching languages. If you are from a culture that is not very expressive it is more difficult to internalize emotions when learning a foreign language on top of the difficulty of achieving fluency. It really makes me think of the Italian and the Russian in my mechanics class, they both spoke English, I presume on a similar level, but the Italian was more animated than the Russian.

To be able to express your feelings well you need to know how to stress words properly and do not have to look for words regularly. In addition you need to rewire your brain so that it associates certain words with certain feelings. This does not have to be sequential, you can start building associations from day 1. You can try to feel with the characters on TV when watching a show in your target language, with people when speaking to people or while listening to music, evoke memories of that feeling in your mind and then speak the words you want to associate with that or the reverse speak the words and then try to evoke those feelings.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Patrick1107
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Danish native here. I think it would be great for school use, not only English but also German French and Spanish as they are the most learned languages in Denmark, and one thing that has annoyed me a lot, is the teachers who told me that they can't use Duolingo because all learning resources NEED to be in Danish. so adding courses for not only Danish but also other European languages would give teachers of non-English speaking schools new and modern resources. And on the talk about wasting resources because the majority of people learn English from a very early age, Duolingo got English for Dutch speakers.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DimitrijeD4
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I traveled a lot and every Scandinavian I met spoke so perfect English that I wondered if they speak it even between themselves.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KennethMun

Hehe.. We don't. However, Denmark is a very english-friendly society. Movies are left with english voices, most games, software and the internet in general is english.. Or that is, there is almost never a danish version :)

1 year ago
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