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 Message 1 of 25
11 March 2005 at 7:37am | IP Logged 
Here is an empty template for the future profile of the Norwegian language on this website. Anybody whith a knowledge about this language is welcome to help!

The scope of each heading can be seen in the
French or Italian language profiles. Please use the scope of the existing headings ('Usefulness', 'Economic importance', etc...) for your input as I can't add new headings.

Try to write concise, informative, easy-to-read and if possible entertaining paragraphs.

You are welcome to post proposed changes to each paragraph or to write a new paragraph yourself. If you wish to insert comments, please use Italics. If you have studied the language and used it for some time, your input will be immensely valuable to prospective learners.


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 Message 2 of 25
22 August 2005 at 10:37pm | IP Logged 
USEFULNESS:

Norwegian is helpful when you travel to Norway. Where it is the national language. Depending on where you go, you can get by with knowing much or little of the language as many norwegians speak english. Norwegians are very friendly and even if you make mistakes, they will offer corrections to you.

Speaking Norwegian is also helpful in Denmark and Sweden where similar languages are spoken. In fact, Norwegians can understand Danes if the Dane(s) in question speak slowly and 90% of the time, they both can understand each other's written language as it only differs with spelling in most cases.
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Seolyk
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 Message 3 of 25
22 August 2005 at 10:43pm | IP Logged 
VARIATIONS:

There are many different dialects of norwegian, where differences range from spelling, to different words for things. Nationally, though Bokmål (or book norwegian) is spoken. The government want everyone to speak nynorsk (or new norwegian) in an attempt to 'norwegianize' the language and make it more different from Swedish and Danish, but as happened with Samnorsk (same norwegian), the effort is failing. Do not worry about dialects though, because most everyone knows Bokmål.

Edited by Seolyk on 27 August 2005 at 10:02am

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Steve
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13 February 2006 at 1:49pm | IP Logged 
DIFFICULTIES:

The major difficulty is the three genders. Nouns can take any of the three forms seemingly without reason. There is no set method for determining whether a noun is feminine, masculine or neuter. The best method is really to learn the gender when you learn the word - you can do this most powerfully by learning the word in context.
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Steve
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 Message 5 of 25
13 February 2006 at 2:00pm | IP Logged 
TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES

Norway is an incredibly expensive country to travel through for most, however, once you're there, you'll be in no doubt that the spectacular beauty of the countryside is worth the hassle of having to starve yourself for a few days.

Norwegians are always happy to help you, but will most often speak to you in English as the vast majority of people under the age of 40 can hold their own in the language and will probably make you feel a little ashamed. However, a little knowledge of Norwegian will go a very long way, as Norwegians do not expect you to learn their language, any attempt to do so is seen as rather commendable. It's also useful to have some knowledge of the language when leaving visiting the countryside, especially if you come across older folk.

Edited by Steve on 13 February 2006 at 2:04pm

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 Message 6 of 25
13 February 2006 at 3:04pm | IP Logged 
Steve wrote:
DIFFICULTIES:

The major difficulty is the three genders. Nouns can take any of the three forms seemingly without reason. There is no set method for determining whether a noun is feminine, masculine or neuter. The best method is really to learn the gender when you learn the word - you can do this most powerfully by learning the word in context.


But as far as I knoe three genders are in landsmaal only but not in riksmaal which has 2 genders as in danish
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Steve
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 Message 7 of 25
15 February 2006 at 11:44am | IP Logged 
The three genders are present in Nynorsk and whilst they don't have to be used in Bokml, it sounds a little bit artificial to use just the two in speech. Norwegian students learn both forms at school and learn all three genders for both. It's common though, for newspapers, etc, to leave out the feminine gender.

Depends on the dialect, really...

Edited by Steve on 15 February 2006 at 12:03pm

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 Message 8 of 25
20 September 2006 at 7:51am | IP Logged 
I think it is artificial to distinguish the 3 Scandinavian languages in 3 differen languages. Norwegians can understand more than 90% of the other Nordic languages, maybe more like 99%. Remember that standard Norwegian (bookmaal) is essentially Danish, with a pronunciation that is somewhat phonologically closer to the written text than Danish.

- When you study the language at a University in Norway, you don't study Norwegian, you study Nordic.

Actually I would say that there is greater variation within the Norwegian dialects, than between the 3 scandinavian languages.


Edited by geirtbr on 20 September 2006 at 7:53am



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