"Norwegian is easy!"
Translation:Norsk er enkelt!
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Agreed! You really have to immerse yourself in the language. I have two Norwegian friends, but since they live in Norway and I live in California and they are 9 hours ahead, I rarely get a chance to speak with them. When we do chat, it's typically through FB messenger. What I've started doing is watching Norwegian TV shows/movies and I purchased a couple of Norwegian e-books with the audio file. I then play it slightly slower so I can follow along the book as they read. It helps to keep replaying parts and when you're able to follow along at the slower speed, move it back up to normal speed and start again. It can be tedious, but it's helpful even if you don't understand everything yet.
Sorry guys, but I have to argue that "easy" is not an adverb. The adverb is "easily", so you could say "I learn Norwegian easily". But you can't say "Norwegian is easily". So I for one am not satisfied that anyone has given a reasonable explanation for why it is "enkelt" here. From everything I read, it should be "Norsk er enkel". Would some moderator or native speaker please explain why it is "enkelt" here? (and don't try to tell me it is an adverb here because, well... it's not.)
At ordbok.uib.no I found that both can be used... :
"norsk m1, subst. norsk språk
gammelnorsk, nynorsk / han snakket et prikkfritt norsk / skrive god(t) og grei(t) norsk / jeg sa dem hva jeg mente på godt norsk med rene ord / ha problemer med norsken på skolen norskfaget"
In the example both "god norsk" and "godt norsk" fit the sentence.
Though i can't explain the reason behind this, I thought it would be good to share with you all.
I would translate 'lett' into either 'light' or 'easy', but 'enkelt' into simple. Which means that in many cases, they will not be interchangeable. Example: "Telling the truth can be simple, but hard." Here the simple thing becomes the difficult. In the sentence "Norsk er enkelt", they become somewhat interchangeable, since the simplicity of the language makes it easy. I would still prefer the answer to be 'lett', though, since it is more precise.
Yup, German native speaker here, learned English in school early on, and I also grew up in an area where "Low German" (old Germanic language-dialect with a lot of Norse influence) is still quite alive. If you know these two/three languages, Norwegian seems pretty easy. I am indeed learning Hungarian with Duo as well, and it totally cooks my brain...
Points for honesty. And the interesting thing is that, in an exam on it, you may well score higher than those who say it's easy. With languages, it's all relative I think, and it also depends upon the way the course is set up and other factors. I don't think one can generalise to saying it's easy for English speakers in general without surveying all English speakers about it. I've found some other language courses harder, but Norwegian is still challenging.