How well do danes understand Swedish/Norwegian?
So I've heard this myth that Danes can't understand Skånska(southern swedish dialects) but skåningar can understand danish, is this true?
As a native swedish-speaker i can say that swedes understand norwegian perfectly fine, but danish is only understandable in writing.
So I'm wondering: how well do you understand swedish/norwegian and which one is the easier one to understand?
Speak for yourself. I'm a Swede and can understand Danish very well, it simply depends on the dialect. The dialect in Copenhagen can be tricky to understand. I'm not even from the Southern part of Sweden. I still prefer Norwegian over Danish. It's only of matter of getting used to both Norwegian and Danish. Swedish and Danish are Eastern Scandinavian while Norwegian is Western Scandinavian. Gøtudansk (Danish spoken in the Faroe Islands) sounds almost like Swedish.
Danes tend to understand Norwegian better than Swedish. Some say that Norwegian is the type of Swedish you can understand =). It makes sense as the vocabulary is almost identical, so when you get the phonetical differences, it is straightforward to understand. There are of course dialects in Nowray that are difficult, but Norwegians from Oslo will be easy to understand for most Danes.
However, it's also about exposure. Earlier on, when there weren't that many TV channels to choose from, Danes around Copenhagen could get Swedish TV channels and were therefore more exposed to Swedish than people in Jutland. Now people don't get exposed to Swedish that much any more, so I'd say that the level of comprehension is decreasing with the younger generation. Hopefully there will be a Swedish TV show like SKAM which will catch the interest of young Danes. I think personally undestanding Swedish and Norwegian gets easy once you get the head around the fact that it's (almost) the same words, just different pronounciation. Many people simply seem to block it out when they hear that it sounds foreign.
My experience when travelling in Sweden is that I understand Swedes much more easily than they understand me. If I speak slowly, they understand me better but they'd often prefer to speak English which I think is a shame.
To the surprise of some Swedes, Danes don't understand Skånska better than Stockholm Svenska or other dialects of Swedish. In fact it seems that Swedish is easier to understand (at least for me) the further North you go in Sweden. Perhas it has to do with the pace. Finlandsvenska is the easiest to understand for me, as it seems the tone is somewhat more similar to Danish.
Thanks for providing me with so much new information, do you know of any danish shows you could get for free to better comprehend the danish language? I'm not talking about learning material but something that would help me understand danish in the same way as SKAM helped me to better understand norwegian
You could have a look around on the site of Danish public television; dr.dk, where you can watch quite some series, programs etc. many with subtitles in Danish that make it easier to follow allong. More specifically you could look at: www.dr.dk/tv/temaer/serier-til-sommeren Maybe Rejseholdet or Borgen?