"Norsk er lettere enn engelsk."

Translation:Norwegian is easier than English.

8/6/2015, 1:31:35 AM

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I think we can all at least agree that Norwegian spelling is significantly easier than English spelling.

9/11/2016, 3:54:30 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/SimonPalmieri

Du har rett!!

8/6/2015, 1:31:35 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/DanielKulkamp
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the verbs in norwegian are a little easier. Adjectives, demontratives and possessives are harder in norwegian. Conjunctions and prepositions are equally easy in both languages. I would call it a draw...

6/7/2016, 6:08:20 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/PumpedUpKickz

I'm not so sure. Norwegian prepositions can be a nightmare.

5/7/2016, 4:53:00 PM

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As opposed to prepositions in English? Neither are intrinsically more difficult.

5/21/2016, 6:51:27 PM

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I can't see anything very remarkable about them.

5/15/2016, 1:32:22 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/PumpedUpKickz

There doesn't seem to be any rules as to which you should use which can be confusing. I've seen, for example, "for" being used interchangeably with "av" and "pa" being used interchangeably with "til." So when I have to translate the sentences into English, sometimes I get them wrong because I've used the wrong preposition. I try not to "cheat" by clicking on the hints.

English prepositions, however, are always the same and are easy to use. Which is why I said I wasn't sure that Norwegian was easier than English (but Norwegian is certainly easier than German lol).

5/15/2016, 11:07:42 PM

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I haven't seen any sentences where you can just chose one preposition or the other. They've always depended on the sentence. Like, the idea of "for" is usually for, but "for" a length of time is i, except if you haven't done something "for" a certain amount of time, in which case that's . Each one has quite a distinct usage; it's just not a one-to-one correspondence with English prepositions.

Prepositions are notoriously arbitrary, and don't have easy inter-language equivalents.

Compare Norwegian with Chinese, where you don't really have prepositions at all. There are coverbs that work like prepositions, and some nouns and adverbs that work like postpositions. So, you say the equivalent of

  • "I reaching Beijing go", where "reaching" is a coverb that conveys the destination, to say "I go to Beijing".
  • "I being-at Beijing live", where "being-at" is a coverb expressing location, to say "I live in Beijing".
  • "That plate being-at table top remains", where "top" is a postposition, to say "That plate remains on the table".
  • "He leaving the house interior came out" where "leaving" is a coverb indicating origin, and "interior" is a postposition, to say "He came out of the house".
5/16/2016, 4:51:59 AM

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My first language is Portuguese and although it's a fairly complex language, we have one magical preposition that can be used (even if not formally correct) to express "in," "on," and sometimes "to." For this reason, I always struggle with prepositions in other languages. I've lived in a foreign country where I speak French and English on a daily basis for the past 8 years and I still make mistakes. By the way, in Portuguese we don't make a distinction between magic/magical, mechanic/mechanical, historic/historical, and to me that may be the hardest concept to grasp in English. I really can't tell if I used the right one in the beginning of my comment...

4/3/2018, 9:38:45 PM

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This makes me curious. I'm trying to think of good examples of sentences where those particular prepositions could be used interchangeably, but I'm coming up short. Would you mind giving an example or two?

1/24/2017, 11:15:47 PM

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except for the word order...

11/3/2016, 8:52:17 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/loladesu
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Whatever's your native language is probably what feels easiest to you. But as a foreign language, Norwegian has been a far shorter learning curve than any other I've learnt (and this is, I think, about the seventh one I've studied seriously...?). And it's creating a bridge to German, which is brilliant because it was starting to frustrate me.

10/6/2017, 11:13:19 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/skynightstar
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I agree. Of all the languages I've studied so far, Norwegian has been by far the easiest for me.

8/23/2018, 11:26:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Nazanin_Grm

WHAT? I dont think so at all.

3/3/2017, 5:12:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/madkri
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I guess it depends on what you're native language is. To me, english is way easier, but I might be biased as I've used it much more than Norwegian.

10/24/2017, 7:36:34 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/MatthewGunia

This is clearly not true. In the United States, I regularly see children as young as four or five with a thorough command of the English language.

6/19/2016, 7:53:48 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexZhao2

Which makes me wonder. They always say Chinese is hard as well, but in China even children can speak it...

Someone has to explain these things to us.

11/22/2016, 10:05:53 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/m.g.doyle

A language picked up from birth is going to be significantly easier. The infant/toddler brain is uniquely programmed to acquire languages.

Once you're out of that sweet spot of easy language acquisition, the difficulty of learning additional languages depends on your native language. Norwegian is coming pretty easily to me, because I am starting from English, a relatively closely related language. It was much harder for me to learn Russian because the Slavic languages aren't as closely related to English as the other Germanic languages.

4/8/2017, 5:13:44 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexZhao2

It was a joke in the same vein as the comment above.

4/9/2017, 7:27:18 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/m.g.doyle

Oops. :-)

4/10/2017, 6:13:34 PM

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Genders, et, en are sometimes frustrating. At least Norwegian has only two genders mostly in use. German language has three...

9/25/2017, 2:23:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/ZenViking
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I wonder... If I somehow getting to thinking as a Norwegian, can I sense the words' gender too?

9/25/2017, 2:24:32 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/_m_i_lj_a_

I'm not from English speaking area, so I can say that :) but ofc our language is one of the hardest on the world, its Serbian :) много ми тежак српски иако ми је матерњи :)

11/2/2017, 3:39:50 PM

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Učio sam hrvatski u četiri tjedna, i jer nema veliki razliku izmežu hrvatski i srpski ( osim ćirilica ( ponekad ) ), mislim da srpski nije vrlo težak jezik.

It's rusty, but learning that was nowhere near as hard as studying Polish, ( or Russian and Slovene / Slovenian ). In my experience, Serbo-Croatian is probably the easiest Slavic language out there.

12/28/2017, 6:06:01 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Belle473662

Not in my case.. TT

2/22/2018, 5:23:55 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/CommissarFeesh

No argument here! (native English speaker)

3/9/2018, 8:34:12 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Bertsta
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Det er ikke for meg, det er umulig noen ganger.

10/27/2018, 8:08:45 AM

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Ingenting er lettere enn engelsk

12/30/2018, 6:27:03 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/CommissarFeesh

Hva som helst* er lettere enn engelsk

12/30/2018, 8:44:14 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/sonoluigi
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Are 'lett' and 'enkel' interchangeable in this context?

1/16/2019, 3:14:35 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/Bertsta
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I would say so, it would be enklere though.

1/16/2019, 3:46:29 PM

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Takk skal du ha!

1/16/2019, 4:27:43 PM
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