https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis

Finished the Norwegian Tree in 40 days.

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If you're wondering why I would want to attack the tree so ferociously, 40 days ago I applied for a job in Norway and today I also received an invitation to an interview for this job.

I had said on my application that I would be keen to learn Norwegian through formal lessons and immersion were I to get the job. (Speaking Norwegian was not a prerequisite for applying.) That was noted on my application feedback - at least now I can say I was genuinely keen to learn. I will be continuing with the exercises to get up to level 25, at least for as long as the job prospect is hopeful! (Alas, if it falls through, I may have to go back to the French or German, or learn something new depending on where openings occur.)

This is the second language I have approached entirely "cold" on Duolingo. I already knew French and German from my schooldays. I dabbled in Hungarian for a short time on Duo, but I found it incredibly difficult. Despite repeating lessons over and over, nothing seemed to stick and the language remained utterly unfathomable.

Norwegian on the other hand, seemed to be remarkably intuitive. Almost as if... if I half closed my eyes and let my mind relax, the meaning would just come. I exaggerate! Of course I am no where near being able to converse in Norwegian, nor understand real people talking, but it's a start!

What came as a surprise was how many words I recognised from English. I'm from the UK, and northern English dialects draw from Norse more heavily than the southern dialect (I'm a Londoner and a southerner, but I can recognise northern dialect words.) Not only that, but what words I did not recognise from English, I could recognise from my German. (Most surprisingly of all, a few words I recognised from my French - that I did not expect.)

Mind you, half the time I couldn't work out if I was understanding words from my English or my German - it was all starting to mash together, and for now, whenever I try and construct sentences on my own, German pops out. Gah! I have a very long way to go, clearly!

So overall, Norwegian has proved most hopeful for me, with minimal frustration. One day I may go back to the Hungarian - but that will have to wait until I am retired and with a lot of time on my hands.

Thank you to the team for bringing Norwegian to Duolingo. I'll be sticking around, at least to level 25 if possible. :)

1 year ago

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Gratulerer!

I hope your dedication is rewarded with a job offer, but either way you've gained the fundamentals of a whole new language. :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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Best not to count any chickens, but I'm pretty chuffed to have got this far. :D

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tyler.Newton

Impressive! Hope you get the job and that you continue with your Norwegian studies. I would love to have a working knowledge of 4 languages under my belt.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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I'd love to have 4 languages too! :D My French is up to conversation and an ability to read Harry Potter, but the German... well, I can muddle through vaguely when I go to Germany or Austria, and follow conversations(ish) so long as it's Hochdeutsch. Hungarian... I have forgotten everything except hello. (Groan.)

For me Duolingo is a basic taster pack. I'm rather hoping the magic bullet for fluency will be living in the country, with a good wodge of formal lessons to beat some grammar and correct spelling into me. Not that I've ever moved out of the UK before so I cannot know how well (or badly) I'll cope when things get real. Fingers crossed!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EgonvonCompact

ejnye-bejnye! :D Pedig a magyar is szép nyelv, és nagyon kevesen beszélik (épp a nehézsége miatt). Good Job! :)

1 year ago

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    Congratulations on completing your tree!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/vascotuga251

    Congratulations on completing the tree! I've also started it but I'm not so sure if I can finish it in 40 days, I mean, that's impressive!

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Motodraconis
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    Maybe not impressive, but certainly obsessive! :D

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/Amy.SH

    This is quite awesome and encouraging! And I agree with you that speaking English helps a LOT when learning Norwegian although English is my second language too. And God jul! ;)

    1 year ago

    https://www.duolingo.com/UncleRoger3

    Well done!

    1 year ago
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