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Norwegian vs Swedish - Which one should I choose?

I'm a native Portuguese speaker living in Brazil. I have an intermediate knowledge in English, French and German. Due to my native language, I can understand Spanish.

I've tried Italian past week, really liked the pronunciation and grammar, but I don't plan to move to Italy any time soon.

I really like the way scandinavian languages sounds. But, I have a hard time now choosing between Norwegian or Swedish. I know that they speak English very well, but that's not the topic.

Which one has the simplest grammar and pronunciation? Do Norwegian people understand Swedes better?

Thanks.

3 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Windrammer
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Norwegian consist of extremely many dialects, all of which speakers can understand Swedish well, generally. I talked to a swede sometime ago, and he couldn't understand anything of what I said in Norwegian because of my southern dialect while I understood him perfectly well. He later talked to a couple of guys from the Oslo-area who he could actually understand.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dreamloomer
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Swedish is much more organized and regulated. As the others have already written, Norwegian is very differentiated.

That being said, I like the Norwegian pronunciation better, although I am familiar only with the formal bokmål.

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eirsor

More people speak Swedish though it lives very few people in Norway, but the Norwegian grammar is very easy and we understand both Swedish and Danish. The most difficult about Norwegian is the pronouciation good luck

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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Norwegian is a bit easier but Swedish is probably more useful

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SilentMoose

Norwegian gives you access to being able to read Danish and speak Swedish more or less as we have been under both Danish and Swedish control, something that has made our language a kind of hybrid of the two. With Norwegian you can get by in all of Scandinavia (Even Finland as a lot of them speak or understand Swedish). Norway also have the best nature with the tallest mountains and an abundance of fjords, polar bears (at Svalbard and Bjørnøya) and moose (soo many moose). But then again I'm kinda biased as a Norwegian :P

1 week ago
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