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Swedish vs. Norwegian

Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Swedish vs. Norwegian!!!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242

So, this is how it works. We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose which is the winner in this round. Also, we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Swedish -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/4dfcO_bsB90
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/-bIeYeiUqjk
  3. Written: Läkaren frågade Lena om hon hade slutat röka.

Norwegian -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/fk3Cq0mR6_4
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/6Dgoh5YXGb8
  3. Written: Jeg har hatt en forkjølelse i en uke og jeg har fortsatt ikke blitt bedre.
November 14, 2017


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    I have a suggestion!

    Try finding similar styles of music, so that it doesn’t bias the opinions (for example, I hate the style of music the Norwegian was in, but the Swedish was in a style that I prefer over the other)

    And, write the same sentence in Swedish and Norwegian, rather than sentences with different meanings.

    And also, maybe provide an English translation of the sentence!

    Here is a Norwegian song I love!


    Totally agree with your suggestion. My proposal is actually having the exact same phrase in all vs. series, eg the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is already translated in more than 370(!) languages https://omniglot.com/udhr/index.htm . Furtermore, I think that the songs should be completely overlooked, since it depends exclusively on the personal music taste of each one.


    Thank you for this I will use it from now on


    That's a great idea!!! I do like hearing music in different languages though, even if it shouldn't have an effect on which language "wins"


    Hello AKicsiMacska, thank you so much for your suggestions! I will replace the song right now. Also, it would be great if you guys could help me find songs in those languages because I have a busy schedule and sometimes I don’t know where to find them.


    It's no problem!! I think it's interesting to see which languages people prefer in different ways!!


    So, it's a battle between "æøå" (you ain't got that æøå) vs. "åäö" haha. I'm not sure if it's too late, but here's my take!


    Swedish: I like the sounds made by Swedish, and it sounds really fluid, but I didn't feel much towards it. Norwegian: It sounds, really fluid. I think it may be because of the speaker, but because of it, I fell in love with the sounds it made quite quickly. Maybe it's because I'm learning Danish and they're quite similar haha.

    Swedish: Norwegian -- 0:1 (However, I found it quite hard to determine, as I got to like Swedish a little bit more.)


    Swedish: I didn't think it sounded that bad, considering the backing music. The consonant sounds really stand out here, which makes it a little bit harsh. Norwegian: Yeah, I think the differences in genre might have hurt the comparison a little bit. That being said, I like how the sounds made translated into song.

    Swedish: Norwegian -- 0:2


    They are not particularly interesting, but I'll give this one to Norwegian.

    Swedish: Norwegian -- 0:3

    Surely, Swedish is a good language, and I would like to learn it someday. But I thought Norwegian won out in all the ways.


    I'll pick Swedish because I love how it looks! Especially these vowel letters: ä ,å, ö. I wonder how you would pronounce them?

    Norwegian is nice it's just that it has a lot of consonant sounds together like: (tt or kk), but that's just my opinion.


    IPA signs: ä = /ɛ/ or /ɛː/ or /æ/⁠ or /æː/ ö = /œ/ or /øː/ or /œː/ å = /⁠ɔ⁠/ or /oː/

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      Swedish, becuase I just like more the melody and because is more widely spoken.

      I would recommend to put native speakers, thus we can do a better comparison.

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