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montmorency
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 Message 137 of 169
11 August 2013 at 2:39am | IP Logged 
tractor wrote:
I don't think many people claim Norwegian is very difficult.



I did, but then I'm not what you might call hardcore.


Not the written language, but the spoken.


Mirabile dictu, I actually find Danish easier.
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Medulin
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 Message 138 of 169
11 August 2013 at 3:00am | IP Logged 
I can clearly hear the difference between a clear speech used on NRK news and slurred speech used in Norwegian movies. It is not only a difference in speed, but in diction (quality) as well.
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Darklight1216
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 Message 139 of 169
11 August 2013 at 3:17am | IP Logged 
I didn't want to start a new thread for this, so I hope you guys can help me out.

Swedish intrigues me, but I have a couple of questions. Does that language have a strong presence on the internet? And also, is there a lot of published literature in Swedish?

I need to figure out whether or not it would be worth it to me to study it some day in the distant future.
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tractor
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 Message 140 of 169
11 August 2013 at 7:23pm | IP Logged 
Medulin wrote:
I can clearly hear the difference between a clear speech used on NRK news and slurred speech
used in Norwegian movies. It is not only a difference in speed, but in diction (quality) as well.

The diction is horrible in recent Norwegian films. I guess it is meant to sound as natural as possible. In the seventies
and eighties, on the other hand, they used to speak in a very theatrical and artificial way. That was actually a lot
worse to listen to.
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NorwegianNYC
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 Message 141 of 169
26 August 2013 at 3:25pm | IP Logged 
Medulin wrote:
I can clearly hear the difference between a clear speech used on NRK
news and slurred speech used in Norwegian movies. It is not only a difference in speed,
but in diction (quality) as well.
The "clear speech" on the news is because they
are reading the news, not speaking it. Norwegian has no spoken standard, and no
authoritative dialect, so you cannot SPEAK the language in a way that is more correct
than other. Which again makes the concept of sloppy diction relative, since spoken
Norwegian is the everyday speech of the region you are from, with its idiosyncratic
twists and oddities, and ditto deviations from standard written Norwegian. No one
SPEAKS the language like they READ it on the news...
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Josquin
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 Message 142 of 169
26 August 2013 at 4:05pm | IP Logged 
Darklight1216 wrote:
I didn't want to start a new thread for this, so I hope you guys can help me out.

Swedish intrigues me, but I have a couple of questions. Does that language have a strong presence on the internet? And also, is there a lot of published literature in Swedish?

I need to figure out whether or not it would be worth it to me to study it some day in the distant future.

Sweden is a major European industrial country, so what do you expect? There's plenty of Swedish books and websites.

Edited by Josquin on 26 August 2013 at 4:06pm

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 Message 143 of 169
26 August 2013 at 5:09pm | IP Logged 
Darklight1216 wrote:
I didn't want to start a new thread for this, so I hope you guys
can help me out.

Swedish intrigues me, but I have a couple of questions. Does that language have a
strong presence on the internet? And also, is there a lot of published literature in
Swedish?

I need to figure out whether or not it would be worth it to me to study it some day in
the distant future.


The Swedish presence is big enough to be relevant for you to learn. Yeah, you get more
material in English, but there's nearly always more material in English. It's not
Ojibwe.

There's plenty good fiction and non-fiction in Swedish. Plenty detailed wiki articles.
Plenty of cinema.

Lycka till!
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 Message 144 of 169
26 August 2013 at 5:20pm | IP Logged 
and if reading Norwegian and Danish interests you in the future, you will be able to make the transition. And
speaking Norwegian. -- let me know.

Edited by louisjanus on 26 August 2013 at 5:21pm



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