Norwegian vs Swedish
I would like to learn a Scandinavian language but I can't decide between danish Swedish or Norwegian. Does anyone have any advice?
Update - I decided to go with Norwegian (in case you can't tell by my level :) )
I would recommend Norwegian because it gives you the best platform should you want to continue to study the other two and it gives you the best idea of what the family of languages is like overall. Further, the Norwegian tree is the longest on Duolingo and gives you more of the language.
My personal favourite of the three is Danish.
Although I uprightly prefer learning Swedish, I'm suggesting you start with learning Norwegian. Its articulation is much similar to Swedish, but in written forms (as mentioned previously), it's very similar to Danish. It simply gives you the best start if you're planning to learn all three of the languages. The Norwegian tree will definitely cover much more material than the others, simply because it's a lot longer and has almost twice as many lessons contained in it. Whatever you choose, I hope you decide to stick with it!
Here's a quick rundown of all the Scandinavian languages :
Norwegian : It's easily the easiest out of all of the Scandinavian languages.
Swedish : Similar to Norwegian, but you'll have to take pitch-accent into consideration.
Danish : It's like Norwegian but with much harder pronunciation, it feels as though you're only reading a half of each word most of the time.
Faroese : Imagine Norwegian, added with everything that makes German, English, and Danish hard. The complicated grammar, everything is quite irregular, and nothing is really pronounced how it's written.
Icelandic : I haven't looked into Icelandic so I don't have much to say. But I've heard that it's similar to Faroese.
I thought Finnish was considered a Scandinavian language because Finland is a Scandinavian country ( although some beg to differ ). I knew Finnish was an Uralic language, but I thought "Scandinavian languages" referred to geographical location rather than if the languages where related or not. But I looked it up and found out I was wrong. I guess I'll remove the Finnish section from my post.
That's why I said "although some beg to differ". The Wikipedia article on Scandinavian countries states that Finland is sometimes included as a Scandinavian countries. Some may agree, while others not.
Apparently, same thing goes for Iceland and the Faroe islands. Some people don't consider them Scandinavian countries, since they are islands, and not actually directly attached to northern Europe.
This will then probably also apply for native Germans learning Norwegian followed by Swedish?: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23659700$comment_id=23691541
Unfortuantely, this fact is not that transparent in the shown German similarity table: http://how-to-learn-any-language.com/e/languages/similarities/german/index.html
So thanks for pointing this out!