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German? Swedish? Dutch?

Hi, I speak Turkish as my mother tongue and I speak English and German as second languages. My English is as good as my mother tongue and my german is also very good - though not as good as my german, and I've started to learn Dutch and I realized that they were UNBELIEVABLY similar. Does any of you guys know another language close to one of these languages I speak (Maybe Swedish)?

11 months ago

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Basically any West-Germanic language will be very close to both Dutch and German. Some West-Germanic languages worth mentioning:

  • Frisian: Westerlauwersk (spoken in the Dutch province of Fryslân), Saterland (spoken somewhere in a small pocket of NorthernGermany) and Northern (spoken in a small pocket of Denmark)

  • Afrikaans (spoken in South Africa, daughter language of Dutch)

  • Luxembourgish (spoken in Luxembourg)

  • Low Saxon/Low German (spoken in the Eastern Netherlands and Northern Germany)

  • Limburgish (spoken in the South-Eastern Netherlands and the bordering areas of Belgium and Germany)

  • Yiddish ('Jewish' language. Mostly German vocab and grammar with some Hebrew influence thrown in) Currently in the incubator

  • Scots (spoken in Scotland. Not to be confused with Scottish Gaelic which is a celtic language)

Unfortunately Dutch, German and English are the only West-Germanic languages available on Duolingo at this moment. However, you can of course find some external resources for some of them and like I said: Yiddish is in the incubator.

However should you wish to learn a language that's currently on Duolingo and still fairly close to German and Dutch, I would reccomend either Danish, Swedish or Norwegian. These three are part of the North-Germanic and while still related to the West-Germanic languages, they differ quite a bit. Especially in terms of grammar. However, you will find some shared vocabas well as shared vocab (öl = beer in Swedish, øl is beer in Danish and Norwegian, even if your instincts may say it means oil). Of course, if you wnat something a bit more complex I would suggest you go for Faroese or Icelandic (two more complex North-Germanic languages that kept quite a bit of the 'tougher' grammar that the others lost). There are plenty of resources for both to be found on the internet.

Good luck

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sarahsmiles67

I've found that Swedish is also similar. It's more difficult for me, personally, than German and Dutch. I don't know if that's to do with me being an English native, but I think German and Dutch are more similar. :)

11 months ago

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I would say that Dutch and German are indeed more similar to each other than both are to Swedish which has some exclusively Scandinavian aspects.

It still can be difficult for me to see "the student" (and not "students") in the Swedish "studenten" :-)

11 months ago

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Swedish IS also pretty close. I've heard native speakers and understood more than I thought I would. Also Norwegian is close.

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/the_daymo

It depends of what you want to use it for as well, Swedish is much less diverse in comparison to the usage of Dutch, as I speak Swedish as a second language I'm biased but I do really enjoy Dutch. Why not try learning Swiss German and all its idioms and grammar rules etc outside of Duolingo?

11 months ago

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I'm a Native German Speaker and have a B2 level in Swedish, I just started Dutch. Swedish has some false friends with Dutch which can make things a bit confusing (bord means table in Swedish, but plate in Dutch), but it's much closer related to German from what I can tell.

11 months ago
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