Norwegian Dialect Skill?
Hei dokke! So first I would like to say a great thank you to the Norwegian course team, I´m now living in Norway and speaking it everyday. But using the Norwegian course I notice that it is heavily Oslo Dialect centric.
I wanted to know the possibility of having a "dialect skill" with the 3-4 big Norwegian dialects from Oslo-West Coast-Nordland-Trondelag.
For example I live in Nordland and so many words slightly change to greatly change, some examples are
Ka - Hva Kor - Hvor Kem - Hvem Koffor - Hvorfor Deg - Dæ Ikke - Ikkje
and for the bigger differences
Dere - Dokkes Henne - Ho Jeg - Æ Middag - Mædda Er - e' Syv - Sju
Or at least to have the other dialects accepted?
Thanks Norwegian team!
We wanted to add Nynorsk and dialect skills at one point, but soon figured out that there's no way to make it happen without compromising the actual Bokmål content.
The main issue is that hints are shared across sentences. We initially built a Nynorsk bonus skill where we solved this by disabling all the English-to-Nynorsk exercises and just not adding any hints for them, but that's not optimal either. We also cannot release bonus skills, so any skill we add becomes mandatory to complete the tree, and I don't think everyone's as keen on muddling up their Bokmål with four different dialects. :)
Accepting dialect translations for the Bokmål exercises is out of the question, I'm afraid; people need to be able to trust that they're actually learning Bokmål. We have many users who are studying in order to pass Bergenstesten or similar, and they will be expected to follow the written standard.
Bonus skills have been bugged for going on five years, so I wouldn't get my hopes up, no.
I don't think Duo is interested in adding recorded audio for a language that has TTS available, and there aren't many (any?) viable dialect TTS options. I can only advise to supplement with listening practice from NRK or similar.
One helpful thing is to learn a bit of nynorsk; that will help with at least some dialects.
Yes, absolutely! Nynorsk is a great tool for decoding the various Norwegian dialects. In fact, most Norwegians speak something that much more closely resembles Nynorsk than Bokmål.