https://www.duolingo.com/HollyFortissimmo

Swedish or Norwegian? Which country produces more films/TV/music to help with language exposure?

Okay guys, I'm really wrestling with myself regarding whether to learn Swedish or Norwegian. I know a lot of people would say to choose Norwegian, because it's sort of the "middle man" between Swedish and Danish, and will lend you a greater comprehension of the other Scandinavian languages compared to if you choose to learn Swedish or Danish.

However, I feel Sweden seems to have a larger film and music industry, and seems to be the pop culture capital of Scandinavia. The reason I mention this, is because with learning a language, it's vital that you expose yourself to it using media. Now, I'm working under the premise that Sweden produces more films, TV shows and music, so would I not be better off learning the language that allows me to draw from a larger pool of media? I understand that my presumption of Sweden being the dominant country in terms of pop culture might be faulty, so please feel free to correctly inform me. Happy language learning!

1 year ago

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF
KevanSF
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 18
  • 16
  • 16
  • 14
  • 13
  • 13
  • 12
  • 10
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 1293

According to Wikipedia, Swedish has about 9.2 million native speakers, vs 5 million for Norwegian, so it would make sense that there would be more media produced in the former.

However, both language communities are quite small (compared to most other well-known, widely studied languages), and many Scandinavians consume and even produce cultural content in English. ABBA isn't the only Swedish band to release records primarily in English.

I chose Danish (5.5 million speakers) for my first Scandinavian language and don't regret it. I'm enjoying the TV series "Borgen" via Netflix DVDs, and there are plenty of movies available in Danish if I ever get around to them.

I say choose the language that you like the best, of the country that you're most drawn to, the one you're most likely to want to visit. I don't think there's going to be a huge enough difference in the quantity of cultural content available to really be able to point to one as the overwhelming choice over the others.

Good luck!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr_Eyl
Mr_Eyl
  • 13
  • 12
  • 8
  • 7
  • 5
  • 13

You'll have no problems finding media in either language. The difference in production is so small as to be negligible. There are plenty of great TV shows and movies available in both languages.

You'll also find that many shows from each country are broadcast in the other.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew899971

I've seen this question asked in various travel/international forums, and the general consensus seems to be that learning Swedish is easier because there are more learning resources for it, because more people speak it and live in Swedish-speaking regions. As far as entertainment as a learning tool, I don't know about movies and TV. But I am a huge metalhead and listen to A LOT of stuff from Scandinavia, and as the other replies mentioned, the majority is in English. There's plenty of songs in Norwegian and Finnish, more of them than there are in Swedish, as far as I've seen. So long as you're not bothered by harsh vocals.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dennis324822
Dennis324822
  • 18
  • 11
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 4

In terms of Tv shows I've come across people such as Ylvis, who are just gold. They also have a show called Ylvis i kvell if I'm correct and they are probably Norway#s finest in terms of entertainment.

In Swedish I've already watched "Poesi på fisken" Those guys are hilarious. You can watch them on youtube. Same goes for "Grotesco". It also quite funny.

No matter what you decide on learning... you'll probably enjoy both Swedish and Norwegian media =)

1 year ago
Learn Swedish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.

Learn Swedish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.