https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

1. An introduction to Norwegian!

Hey guys, it's been a long time since I last posted on the forum here at Duo, but I'm back! So as you may know about 3 months ago I applied to contribute to the Norwegian for English speakers course (https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3530175). As I return I'm excited to see many more languages added! The beautiful language which I'm hopeful to have at Duo! So I decided to give all you avid language learners a little into into this lovely language!

  1. Hva er norsk? Norwegian is a North Germanic language with around 5 million speakers in mainly in Norway. There are also some speakers of Norwegian in Denmark, Sweden, Germany, the UK, Spain, Canada and the USA.

Early Norwegian literature, mainly poetry and historical prose, was written in West Norse and flourished between the 9th and the 14th centuries. After that Norway came under Swedish and then Danish rule. Norwegian continued to be spoken but Danish was used for officials purposes, as a literary language and in higher education.

After Norway separated from Denmark in 1814, Danish continued to be used in schools until the 1830s, when a movement to create a new national language emerged. The reasoning behind the movement was that written Danish differed to such an extent from spoken Norwegian that it was difficult to learn, and because they believed that every country should have its own language.

There was considerable debate about how to go about creating a national language and two languages emerged - Landsmål (national language), based on colloquial Norwegian and regional dialects, particularly the dialects of western Norway, and Riksmål (national language), which was primarily a written language and very similar to Danish.

Landsmål was renamed Nynorsk (New Norwegian) in 1929 and Riksmål is now officially known as Bokmål (book language). A few people over 60 still use Riksmål, which is considered a conservative form of Bokmål and differs only slightly from it.

Today schools in Norway have to teach both variations of the language. Students have to learn both of them, only they can choose which one they would like to learn as a major language. Civil servants are expected to be able to use both forms.

For a while there was a movement to create a single standard language to be called Samnorsk (Union Norwegian). Politicians liked the idea of unifying the Norwegian language, while everybody else thought it a bad idea and a bit of a waste of time. The Samnorsk project was officially abandoned on 1st January 2002.

  1. Some basic words!

Hello!/Hi! - Hei!

Ja - Yes

Nei - No

How are you? (lit. how have you it?) - Hvordan har du det?

How's it going? - Hvordan går det? (går roughly pronounced "goer")

Det går bra! - It's going well!

Hva gjør du? - What are you doing?

Jeg spiser brunost - I'm eating brunost (lit. brown cheese, traditional Norwegian cheese)

Takk! - Thanks!

Tusen takk! - Thanks a lot (lit. a thousand thanks)

Mange takk! - Many thanks!

Hvor kommer du fra? - Where are you from?

Jeg kommer fra.. - I come from..

Amerika/USA - America/USA

Norge - Norway

Skottland - Scotland

England - England

Irland - Ireland

Canada - Canada

Skål! - Cheers!

Vil du gjerne lære norsk på Duolingo? - Would you like to learn Norwegian on Duolingo?

Ja, takk! - Yes, please (lit. thanks)

Ha det bra! - Goodbye (lit. have it good!)

10/25/2014, 12:24:16 PM

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mid-oceanicRidge

Cool :) I want to learn Norwegian.. But it just seems overwhelming, sometimes. I'm new to the 'o' wearing a sash, the conjoined 'a' and 'e', and the 'a' with a mark on top. How do you pronounce these? More importantly, what ARE these? :)

Mange takk! :)

10/25/2014, 1:37:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

They are quite easy to pronounced, here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLzIrwpfHzQ! Norwegian is probably the easiest language for English speakers to learn along with Afrikaans!

10/25/2014, 1:49:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/quantmeyer
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When I clicked that link I was half expecting the following music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f488uJAQgmw

lol

10/25/2014, 2:55:25 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/adamyoung97
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And instead of yours I was expecting this haha:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ

10/25/2014, 5:37:58 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/malstr0m

You got me... I thought I was safe on DuoLingo... D: WHERE ELSE CAN I HIDE?!?!!

11/25/2014, 2:06:24 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/polksnan

That's hilarious

10/25/2014, 3:58:34 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mid-oceanicRidge

lol :D

10/26/2014, 3:42:01 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/mid-oceanicRidge

Ok :) thanks for the video

10/25/2014, 2:11:08 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/JaneEmily

Thanks for the introduction. I actually posted up a link where people can learn Norwegian for free whilst they wait for the course: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5165753

10/25/2014, 2:01:25 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16
10/25/2014, 2:12:59 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

http://www.lingq.com/learn/no/welcome/ for anyone beginning in Norwegian, I've posted some material there too.

10/25/2014, 2:53:36 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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Very cool, lefsi. Norwegian seems very interesting to me. It's definitely one I'll consider once I'm more solid with Spanish.

Side note: You can put all of those introductory vocab words on their own lines by leaving 2 spaces before the line break. They're a little tough to read all bunched up that way.

10/25/2014, 1:52:43 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/tnel1
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Wow! That was so cool to learn about!!! I love when people share this kind of stuff (as opposed to spamming up the place!) Anyhow...would it be possible, to make it a little easier to read, for you to put each word and it's translation on an individual line please? It was just a little hard as formatted, but I am so interested to see how much it is like German! :) Takk!

10/25/2014, 1:54:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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Lewis, thanks. Also, you're back!

10/25/2014, 3:06:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Hi, park no time no talk.. :) Sadly I'm not back but I hope to be one day.

11/12/2014, 5:06:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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Ah, okay! While you were gone, my application for Korean was accepted. :)

11/12/2014, 5:09:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Awesome man! Hope to get there with Norwegian too! :_

11/14/2014, 11:09:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/soedori
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I hope too! I would love to take a Norwegian course too!

11/14/2014, 11:22:45 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StefanoSolgreno
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Nice to see you posting this. I have applied to the Norwegian course as well. Are you a norwegian?

A little correction: The last line is: "Ha det bra!".

10/25/2014, 12:51:10 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

My computer was on auto correct. No I'm not, I've lived in Oslo before .

10/25/2014, 1:47:28 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/StefanoSolgreno
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I understand. Nice! Are you of a Norwegian origin, or?

10/27/2014, 7:06:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

No, I'm Scottish.

11/12/2014, 5:07:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/fveldig
Mod
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I've applied too and I think Duolingo should just allow us to make a course already...

10/26/2014, 9:57:50 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/StefanoSolgreno
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Yeah. I am ready.

10/27/2014, 7:06:29 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SalCirone

Please add Norwegian to the list of languages on Duolingo. I am a Norwegian/American who wants to learn the language of my roots. (Sal's wife)

10/25/2014, 3:13:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/DevrimCakmak
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I wanna learn this beautiful language! Jag vet liten Svenska. So it will be easier for me.

10/25/2014, 5:04:57 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/mamemame187

Lærer du os nynorsk eller bokmål?

10/25/2014, 5:27:06 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/fveldig
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It's Norwegian Bokmål. Source: Norwegian.

10/26/2014, 9:48:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Ja, bokmål!

10/26/2014, 11:06:54 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Whle_
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All I know is 'Ja', 'Skål' and 'Takk', which I acquired from watching too much Lilyhammer.

Oh, one thing for Norwegian learners, the show Lilyhammer, on netflix, may help you a lot. It's hilarious, and since its set in Norway, most the characters except the American protagonist speak in Norwegian. Although you only need to know English to watch it, the little segments in Norwegian would be a fun way to practice right? :)

10/26/2014, 2:51:07 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/lewisjcranston16

Ah I love Lilyhammer!

12/22/2014, 1:20:11 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Victstee
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I am norwegian, and I can assist in creating a norwegian (bokmål) course.

10/30/2014, 4:28:11 PM
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