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How to cheat in Norwegian...

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... learn some Danish and Swedish first!

Purely thanks to the Danish and Swedish I'd already learned, I've just managed to propel myself to level 8 in Norwegian on the initial placement test!

Have any of you had a similar experience?

(By the way... congratulations and mange takk to the course creators!)

May 22, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/mjaumjaupurr
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Congrats! Now I'm curious about how I would have done with the placement test, but I decided not to test out of anything. At least I'm enjoying every moment and every sentence, and Swedish and Danish definitely help. :D

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Luke_5.1991
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That's lovely to hear :D

May 22, 2015

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Truly a pleasure! Thanks for all of your hard work!

May 22, 2015

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Same here! I'm burning through Norwegian pretty quickly but I'm enjoying discovering all the subtle differences between the three.

May 22, 2015

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Came by to say this. Found that you beat me to it. These subtle differences are what makes each Scandinavian language so fascinating!

May 22, 2015

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That is impressive! I am a Norwegian native, and I only got to level 10.

May 22, 2015

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May 22, 2015

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What you describe is my experience of failing the placement test after completing the Swedish tree: I probably reached fairly high-level questions, but didn't pass in any individual skills due to all the small differences.

It's probably the easier topics that you're more likely to fail actually, because I'd guess that the more important, common words are more likely to differ. Like, you're not going to guess what 'spiser', 'gutt', 'unnskyld', 'jenta', and 'snakker', are from Swedish. Maybe from Danish.

I would guess that knowledge of Swedish might help you a bit more once you get basic Norwegian skills sorted out, if you wanted to test out?

May 23, 2015

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^ yes, this. I imagine it's very similar to my experience with Ukrainian as a (non native, rusty but once fluent) speaker of Russian. The placement test wasn't working, so I didn't get a chance to test out, but while there's very little that's identical, there's loads that makes sense to me because of Russian, and where a little looking through the notes and vocab means I can test out of an entire lesson without much difficulty.

I am vaguely tempted, now the placement test is working, to create a different profile and see how much I test out of with Russian + 48 hours of Ukrainian.

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Brijsven
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Don't forget Dutch! It's amazing how helpful being familiar with Dutch has been for me while learning dansk, svenska (especially) and norsk. ^_^

May 23, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Alternia
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After learning some Danish I got out of the first few skills in the Swedish tree. I just took the Norwegian Placement test and didn't test out of any skills, but I did get some of the questions right.

May 22, 2015

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I already had some Norwegian under my belt, so I've been upskilling my Swedish for the last few months, but now I find I speak a lovely brand of SWEDWEGIAN! O.o

May 22, 2015

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Someone else just recently introduced me to the word "Svorska," a slightly more elegant version of "Swedwegian" :-P

May 22, 2015

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My svorska is at least as good as my Norglish these days ;p

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeviMorales
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It is a popular saying in Sweden "Svengelska."

May 25, 2015

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I think Svorska is Swedish. In Norwegian I believe it is Svorsk :)

May 24, 2015

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I probably would've had a similar experience, but I decided to run through without the placement test, for various reasons.

May 22, 2015

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Thanks for your replies. I should add that I very much doubt that level 8 is a true reflection of my competence in Norwegian!

I'm looking forward to the strength bars fading in the 25 skills I tested out of, so I can go back and learn them properly.

May 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Albrechtion
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I decided to start with basics 1, but I did skip past a couple skills.

May 22, 2015

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Yeah I past the first check point within a few hours

May 22, 2015

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I didn't manage to test out of anything, but still, I did get a few questions right in the placement test. Considering I've only dabbled a tiny bit in Swedish and Danish, that pleased me greatly!

May 22, 2015

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I didn't take a placement test, but within 36 hours of starting, I have finished the first branch of the tree and am up to level 7.

May 23, 2015

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I have a strong:''this stuff is sooo similar to swedish'' feel. xD

May 23, 2015

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I only made it to level 7 based on my knowledge of Scandinavian, with the main issue being I don't know how to spell Norwegian. However I will probably reset my progress and go back and learn things properly :)

May 24, 2015

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I've not taken the placement test, but the work done on Swedish seems have laid a good foundation for Norwegian.

May 24, 2015
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