How to cheat in Norwegian...
... 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!)
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?
^ 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.
I haven't studied either Swedish or Danish before (aside from learning a few important words and phrases for a trip to Sweden many years ago, pre-Internet), but I do have another story:
A college friend married a Danish girl and moved to Denmark not long after graduation. I remember thinking at the time that Danish must be an extremely difficult language to learn (I think mainly because I didn't know the first thing about Scandinavian languages at the time).
Fast-forward to last year, when I started studying Norwegian here on Duolingo in preparation for a vacation there. I have been back in touch with my Danish-American friend on social media for about five years now. But since studying Norwegian for the last eight months, I now find that not only can I read most of his Danish posts - which previously looked like mostly gibberish to me - but we can also have conversations about simple topics, he writing in Danish and I in Norwegian, because the two are so similar. (Of course, we could always just converse in our native English, but where's the fun in that? ;-) )
Also, it's a testament to how well-made the Norwegian Duolingo course is that I've decided to continue with it, even after our three-week trip to Norway has come and gone. Not only is it probably the best setup of all the languages I have studied here in terms of the way the course is set up, but the music, film, and pop culture references make it so much fun to study as well. And then there are the dedicated and helpful moderators. If only every course on Duolingo could be set up this well! :-)
Hi, same here, danish (and swedish but mostly danish) helped me a looot to progress in norwegian. I do all lessons through the "test" to skip levels so far. it's getting harder now (I'm after checkpoint five, halfway to checkpoint6) but understanding is mostly ok. Very satisfying lol and i loooove how norwegian sounds (I started with Danish because, oddly (?), i LOVE how danish sounds).
Hope to have some stories in scandinavian languages soon <3