Finished the tree :D Here are some thoughts
I just finished the Bokmål tree :) Now to upp all the skills to gold, I guess. I like to thank the entire Duolingo Norsk Bokmål team for giving me a great course! Tusen takk for alt du har gitt meg i kurset.
I do wonder about if all grammar rules have been in the course however. For example, in dutch (my native language) one thing that is often used is diminutives (like dog -> doggy, book -> booklet, etc). Does Norwegian grammar have diminutives or not? If it does, I'd like to learn that as well. Of course there only fits so many topics and vocabulary in the course and I have learned so much since I started the course about three or four months ago. I will continue to look for ways to improve my norwegian skills; I don't want to lose all I have learned due to neglect.
Here are some thoughts on a few of the skills: - Celebration: I did not see any items about 17 may, which is an important day in Norway. If that is not included in the current skill, maybe it is something to include in the new tree that is currently developed? - Some body parts were taught in another skill (I think it was a medical/illness skill) than in "The body" which I thought was funny. It would have been more logical to me if those two skills had been switched). - As a musician I felt like the skill "Music" lacked quite some instruments. I don't exactly remember which words were taught but I am sure most of the wind instruments (except from the flute) were not taught.
Again, I loved the course and I hope and encourage my fellow members that study Norwegian to keep up the good work and get your Duo Trophy :)
Ha det bra!
Gratulerer så mye! :)
We don't have any diminutives that are extensively used, so they're not a teaching priority, but Olav mentioned -ling (cf. "darling" and "liebling"), and we can also add små- as a prefix to some words, such as "småjenter" and "smågutter". Of course, it could just as well stand as an attributive adjective: "små jenter" and "små gutter", but you have the option of making it a compound.
Vocabulary is always a balancing act, as people have different interests and needs. Generally, we don't prioritize cognates if they're not vital, and most instruments are very similar to their English equivalents. What we could do, is add a more extensive list to the Tips & Notes for that skill.
Thank you for the feedback!
Takk for denne beksrivelsen! It makes sense that there is no diminutives skill if that is not really a part of the grammar in that language. In dutch it is used more often and there are multiple forms even for using it, like -je, -(e)tje, pje and since that is my native language, I am curious if the language I am learning has that too :)
The only diminutive I can think of is -ling. Examples: mannsling (small man), lærling (apprentice), elskling (little darling).
Congrats! I've been wondering about he leveling process. I'm at 17 and only on my 18th lesson. I'm assuming it's because I go through all 5 parts of each? Since you said you were going back to finish the lessons, do you find it easier to learn "hovering" like you did? I thought about doing it but so many lessons had so much vocabulary and/or needed that time to get used to the grammar rules and structure. Did you find hovering helpful?
What I did was keep doing new skills for a time and at some moment leveling up the first number of skills to gold. After the second set I decided to focus on finishing the tree and then leveling up the other lessons. I did find that helpful.
And concerning the XP level, it is just the number of individual lessons you do (10 XP for each). So either 20 new skills with an average of 40 points each of leveling up 2 skills to gold that account for 400 points gives the same result in XP level
Interesting question about the diminutives. The English Wiktionary has lots of examples for Dutch diminutives but not for Norwegian:
I just started this language. I started this because my family is from Scandinavia... well a long time ago.
Congratulations! It is a good feeling to complete the tree. I have done so a couple of times. Now I reset my progress, lose the golden owl and all XP and start again. Doing this enables you to check your understanding with a pre-course placement test. If you want a different type of challenge, and don't mind losing everything except your learning streak, then I suggest this strategy for your consideration.
Gratulerer og lykke til!