https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

Brace Yourselves... Norwegian is Coming

3 upside-down, battle-worn swords... The Norwegian language symbol is the coolest! At what promises to be over a 90% completion status this week, it appears that this language will be accessible to learn on the site very shortly.

Who here wants to learn Norwegian when it comes out?! Why is the word 'Bokmål' in parentheses next to Norwegian? Is it a dialect of the language, and if so are there other versions which could be released in the future?

Sincerely, A Very Confused Amateur Language Enthusiast

April 5, 2015

22 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tvistnek

Bokmål is one of the two written standards of Norwegian, the other being Nynorsk. Bokmål is used in most written documents, but it's closer to Danish than it is to the Norwegian dialects, whereas Nynorsk is made to be based off of the Norwegian dialects themselves. Most Norwegians, it seems, write in Bokmål, but speak in something closer to Nynorsk, which is strange. The whole debate is very important in the history of the modern Norwegian language since the 19th century.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alek_d

Bokmål has its origins in Danish, but has over the last 201 years been adapted to be close to spoken Norwegian. It is by far the closest to the way people speak in the cities in the South-East including Oslo.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

So if you spoke to Norwegians in Bokmal would they understand you and reply in Bokmal? Or would they reply in Nynorsk?

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alek_d

Most Norwegians would reply in Norwegian in their own dialect. If they're particularly helpful, they might adapt a little, avoiding dialect words etc. The only place people do not use their dialect, is in news programs and weather forecasts. But even there, they'll typically speak in their own accent.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/vikungen

You don't speak Bokmål, it is a written language. You would speak in one of Norways many dialects.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DespoinaTi

I'm soooo excited for Norwegian, and really happy that it is going to be released so soon! I'm planning on doing some Danish until it comes out, so that I will have studied most of the Scandinavian languages by this summer :) And then wait for Icelandic or Finnish :D

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joaopimentel

Why do you like the scandinavian languages so much?

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DespoinaTi

Don't get me wrong- it's not that I wouldn't learn any other language! However I admire especially the Scandinavian history, culture and landscapes, and I'd love to travel there one day :)

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/joaopimentel

You should read the Millennium trilogy then (in swedish!) ^^

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DespoinaTi

I've heard of it, but never actually read it. I'll look for it, thanks for the suggestion :D

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JaneEmily

I'd love to learn it simply because my family descants from there and it's a dream to go to Norway for my honeymoon one day

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alternia

I'm looking forward to it, but I want to finish Swedish and then Danish first. It'll be a lot less confusion for me.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

Japanese, German, Swedish, and Danish...?! Wow, you have quite the rigorous language schedule!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alternia

I'm pretty much only learning Swedish right now. I know some Japanese and I haven't reviewed it as often. I'm mostly waiting for the course for English speakers to come out.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CharmingTiger

Well, stick with it! Three years is a long time to study a language, only to forget it later. Have you tried laddering a language yet? I'm contemplating doing that right now by learning Italian through Spanish.

I hope you get Japanese within the year!

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TL---

Yay, Norwegian! :D I think there are two versions of Norwegian, Bokmål and Nynorsk ("Newnorwegian"). I'm not sure how close they are to each other. But Bokmål is the most widly spoken form, and that's why they decided to teach that instead of Nynorsk. :) Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alek_d

What is particular to Norwegian is that there are two written forms that are officially recognised and used in one country. People speak Norwegian (in their own dialect), and use Bokmål and Nynorsk for writing. Around 8 per cent use Nynynorsk, and a further 5 per cent use both (government officials that have to reply in the form chosen by the citizen, or people who use Nynorsk personally, but work for an organisation that uses Bokmål, or the other way round).

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lisa1240

I'm waiting until I'm more proficient in Swedish, as there are similarities in the two languages and I don't want to get them mixed up.

In the meantime I'm eagerly awaiting the Russian course.

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/efisgpr

Samesies. :D

April 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/M4rt4a

I've been waiting for Norwegian since the very first day they started making this course. Fortunately, I'll be able to finish Turkish and Irish, by the time it's released. But I'll still have to find time for both Norwegian and Ukrainian. I used to learn Norwegian for a few months some time ago, I'd love to check what (if at all) I remember! :)

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/het_aapje

Jeg kan ikke vente på norsk kurs ^-^

April 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Randomguy534

My brother wants to learn Norwegian. I personally would like to learn Finnish! :)

April 6, 2015
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