scandinavian languages

hi all, i'm learning swedish & am about halfway through the course. i'm a native english & german speaker and i want to pick up another scandinavian language at some stage but am not sure whether to learn norwegian or danish.. opinions would be appreciated :)

August 24, 2019


I would recommend Danish. This will be much more useful if you already know Swedish.

If you know Swedish reading Norwegian and Danish is really easy to learn. Understanding spoken Norwegian of the dialekt taught on Duolingo is also easy. The thing that takes some work is to learn to understand spoken Danish.

August 25, 2019

I'm not the most experienced when it comes to this but I did find an article that may help you out both Norwegian and Danish are on this list but it is stated that Norwegian is easier to learn than Danish as the pronunciations are more similar to English and both languages are simple enough when it comes to grammar.

It honestly depends on if you want to challenge yourself more or not. if you want to pick up a language thats easier to grasp as an English speaker than Norwegian would be good, but if you want more of challenge then you should pick up Danish but it isn't much harder to learn it's just something to think about. It's honestly all your preference as one language is never better than another language.

(Note that I'm sourcing all of this from the article I linked above)

August 24, 2019

Norwegian and Danish are closely related. As a native Dutch speaker I read an article a while ago saying that Norwegian and Danish are closer related than Dutch in The Netherlands vs. Flanders.

Another thing I heard in a video: Norwegians feel like Danish is almost the same as Norwegian but smaller mouth movements. When they (the Norwegians) spoke a little more inside their mouth they were suddenly understandable in Danish. To them Danish sounds like a blurry version of Norwegian. Which I think is harder to master.

August 24, 2019

I think it should be a question of the way you relate to the language. Abstractly they´re all so close to each other, you don´t even need to learn another, you understand enough of it having learned one. But if I planned living in one of the countries for some time, I´d lean towards the respective language around there.

August 24, 2019
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