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Rikyu-san
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Denmark
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Speaks: Danish*, English
Studies: German, French

 
 Message 1 of 107
19 February 2010 at 8:39pm | IP Logged 
I would like to compile a list that is as complete as possible with any language learning resource we can think of to help anyone who would like to learn one of our languages to find appropriate resources as fast as possible.

So feel free to share your ideas, even if you have posted it elsewhere. As more ideas are added in future posts I will update this first post.

Categories: language programs, grammars, primers, old and new, in whatever language, links to audiobooks (commercial/free), recommended easy readers, podcasts, internet radio stations in the target language accessible from other countries, etc.

Endorsements are welcomed if you have positive, personal experience with the book, program etc. If someone else endorse a book or a program, and you respectfully disagree, it is important that the dissent is based on personal experience as negative heresay is hard to get a handle on. In other words, I hold YOUR opinion in highest regard. I will then find a way to add it to the compilation with an eye for balance of viewpoints and readability for the one who is searching for the information.

If your suggestions are for intermediate or advanced learners, please state so.

Swedish:
FSI Swedish Basic Course (free) - audio and student book
Teach Yourself Swedish
Rosetta Stone Swedish
Colloquial Swedish (3rd ed.) (CD, book, audiobook)
Assimil: Le Suedois sans Peine
Assimil: Swedisch ohne Mühe
Linguaphone Swedish
www.sr.se - more Swedish podcasts and radio streams than anyone should need
www.swedia.ling.gu.se provides more than 4h of recordings in Swedish dialects along with transcriptions
Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz Schwedisch: 9000 Wörter zu mehr als 100 Themen - vocab of about 9000 words, for German speakers, false friends, pointers to other sections if words have multiple meanings, includes pdf-file of whole book. The pointers are clickable hyperlinks in the PDF version.
Kompaktgammatik Schwedisch" by Maria Bronner (Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH, 1986, ISBN 3-12-527940-2). Comment: Gives an overview of Swedish grammar. Lists about 30 out of several hundred particle verbs. In order to read more about verbs, see this dissertation (in Swedish):
http://www.miun.se/upload/Institutioner/HUM/PDF/E.%20S.%20Do ktorsavhandling.pdf. "The material consists of 884 different phrasal verbs, represented by 5 197 instances." 504 basic verbs are listed (starting on page 294) with up to four prepositions, hence the differing figures. Some combinations aren't found in the author's research material, but are common in the everyday language.
Free Online Course in Swedish: http://www.personal.psu.edu/adr10/swedish.html
Test your Swedish: http://www.folkuniversitetet.se/templates/PageFrame.aspx?id= 19417

Norwegian:
Teach Yourself Norwegian (book/CD)
Pimsleur Norwegian Level I (30 lessons)
Colloquial Norwegian
Assimil: Norwegisch Ohne Mühe
Assimil: Le norvégien sans peine
Linguaphone Norwegian (old, used only)
Einar Haugen Norwegian-English Dictionary (Nynorsk/Bokmål). Comment: The introduction is intersting reading for English speaking students of Norwegian.
Free language resource: Stein på stein (with exercises). Aimed at adult immigrants.
Free language resource: På vei. Aimed at adult immigrants.
Recordings of people from different regions of Norway speaking local dialects: http://www.ling.hf.ntnu.no/nos/nos_kart.html
Free legal music downloads from a Norwegian rap group called Gatas Parlament: Link
Free legal TV programme downloads from NRK, the Norwegian state broadcaster: Link. Note: The files are uploaded and hosted by NRK itself and are completely legal. You need a torrent program, aa downloads are .torrent files and http://www.utorrent.com/ is recommended.

Finnish:
FSI Conversational Finnish - free course with audio, transcripts and workbook.
Teach Yourself Finnish (book/CDs)
Assimil: Finnish ohne Mühe
Linguaphone Finnish for English speakers (old, used only)
Free site: Online Finnish videos with transcripts and a textbook. Comment: Most is free. A DVD (optional) can be bought. Navigation in beginner level Finnish.
Free online dictionary (Finnish-English/English-Finnish) - navigation in both Finnish and English
Finnish an Essential Grammar

Sami:
Davvin 1 Correspondance Course (in Norwegian) with similar courses available for Davvin 2-4
Gulahalan (free online course in Swedish)
Cugu (Sámi/Swedish website aimed at children)
Rosas bondgård (Swedish website for children available in several lanuages, including Sámi)
Risten (The Norwegian Sámi Parliament's online dictionary and terminology database)
Encyclopedia of Saami Culture
Infonuorra (some words and phrases in Northern, Southern and Lule Sámi)
Čalliid Lágádus Publishers
Kara Libris Online bookshop
Davvi Girji Publishers
Nrk Samisk (Online TV in Sámi from Norway's state broadcaster)

Faroese:

Danish:
Teach Yourself Danish
Rosetta Stone Danish
Assimil: Le Danois sans Peine
Assimil: Dänisch ohne Mühe
Colloquial Danish
Linguaphone Danish (old, used only)
Comprehensive grammar [link awaits clarification]
Light weight but helpful Danish grammer, bilingual
Free beginner's courses (with fair amount of audio): Dansk her og nu and Netdansk. Comment: Both great for for the price... nothing.
Pay Site: Speak Danish. Free online intro lesson (lesson one).
http://www.basby.dk/udtale.html: A revelation for Danish pronounciation and prosody, countless examples and exercises to train Danish pronunciation, for example a short film demonstrating the pronounciation of the soft d: http://www.basby.dk/F/F055/F055.html. Click above the table at Film: "made male". There’s also a list with 400 Danish verbs in all tenses – all with downloadable mp3-files and much more.
Audiobooks for free: http://lydbog.com/
Danish Tongue Twisters: http://www.uebersetzung.at/twister/da.htm
461 old Danish songs with text and melody: http://www.ugle.dk/sange.html
Everything one could want to know about Danmark and all with mp3-files. And the pdf's are in several languages, for exampel in English or German: Link.
Here you can find everday dialogs with videos: http://www.nyidanmark.dk/da-dk/Medborgerskab/laer_om_danmark /danmark_til_daglig.htm
This is about Danish history, also with videos: Link
Programs about culture, and lots of movies: http://www.dr.dk/K/S%c3%b8ndag.htm
A five minute story from Monday to Friday about a Danish topic: http://www.dr.dk/P1/danmarkkort/20050902132728.htm
Kanten, a weekly column, comes with mp3 files and transcripts: http://www.dr.dk/P1/Kanten/20081206152456.htm
"Thought provoking radio": http://www.dr.dk/P1/Forside.htm
Language TV in Danish as a foreign language, with lots of grammar topics and different exercises: http://www.fjern-uv.dk/sitem.php
Most frequently used Danish verbs: http://www.fjern-uv.dk/250.pdf. The first eleven pages list the Danish verbs according to their frequency, the second eleven are the same in alfabetical order.

Icelandic:
Teach Yourself Icelandic (book/CD)
Colloquial Icelandic
Linguaphone Icelandic (old, used only)
Free course: http://icelandic.hi.is/
Beginner's Icelandic
Lärobok i nutida isländska, Ingegerd Fries
Stefan Einarson's Icelandic: Grammar, Text and Glossary. It is a complete reference grammar, graded reader, and glossary, readily available and priced reasonably.

Old Norse/Old Icelandic:
Sigrid Valfells and James E. Cathey. Old Icelandic: An Introductory Course. Then work through the reader and reference grammar known as:
E.V. Gordon. An Introduction to Old Norse.
Geir T. Zoega. A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic.
Oldnordisk læsebog med anmærkninger og ordsamling" by Wimmer, which probably can be found in the edition from 1954 (or through a library)

Added due to its connection with Denmark:
Greenlandic:

Any other? Bokmål/nynorsk? Dialects (like "jysk" in Danish?)

Edited by Rikyu-san on 12 April 2010 at 12:16am

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tractor
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 Message 2 of 107
19 February 2010 at 10:29pm | IP Logged 
I think there are Linguaphone courses for Swedish, Icelandic, Danish and Norwegian. They don't sell them anymore though, except for the Swedish one.

By the way, Greenlandic, Sami and Finnish are not really "Scandinavian" or "Nordic" languages because they belong to different language families.
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oz-hestekræfte
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 Message 3 of 107
20 February 2010 at 4:17am | IP Logged 
Danish:
Colloquial Danish

For some free online resources:
Comprehensive grammar
Another grammar, more light weight but still helpful.
Dansk her og nu. AND Netdansk Beginner's courses. Both contain a fair bit of audio and are great for for the price.. nothing.

I would like to make mention of 1 other website and that is: speakdanish.dk
This is no longer a free site, but when I first found it, it was. It has heaps of grammar audio at native speed and more. This was actualy my springboard into Danish. Luckily I downloaded the whole website while it was still free. The one I have is an earlier, less flashy version than the one that exsists on the web today but I think it is still just as meaty.
If anyone wants a copy of this once freely available version, let me know.

Edited by oz-hestekræfte on 20 February 2010 at 4:17am

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Rikyu-san
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 Message 4 of 107
20 February 2010 at 7:28pm | IP Logged 
tractor wrote:
By the way, Greenlandic, Sami and Finnish are not really "Scandinavian" or "Nordic" languages because they belong to different language families.


I have made the demarcation by region, not by language families. It is custom in Denmark to include Finland among the Scandinavian countries. Greenland is part of the Danish kingdom, so I included it as well. Sami is spoken within the borders of Sweden so I included this language as well.


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taKen
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Speaks: Norwegian*, English, Dutch, French
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 Message 5 of 107
20 February 2010 at 8:27pm | IP Logged 
tractor wrote:

By the way, Greenlandic, Sami and Finnish are not really "Scandinavian" or "Nordic" languages because they belong to different language families.


The Sami are just as much a native people in Scandinavia as the Norwegians or the Swedes. Due to all the interaction between Finland and Sweden (Finland used to be a part of Sweden), Finland is included in the group of Scandinavian countries, and rightly so.
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Woodpecker
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 Message 6 of 107
20 February 2010 at 9:20pm | IP Logged 
Thank you for putting this together. A half-Norwegian friend of mine and I have some dabbling planned for the summer, so this will be handy. Also, I believe there is a Teach Yourself Norwegian Conversation course, and a French-base Assimil course as well as the German-based one for Norwegian.
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tractor
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 Message 7 of 107
20 February 2010 at 9:51pm | IP Logged 
taKen wrote:
tractor wrote:

By the way, Greenlandic, Sami and Finnish are not really "Scandinavian" or "Nordic" languages because they belong to different language families.


The Sami are just as much a native people in Scandinavia as the Norwegians or the Swedes. Due to all the interaction between Finland and Sweden (Finland used to be a part of Sweden), Finland is included in the group of Scandinavian countries, and rightly so.

I just wanted to point out that Greenlandic, Sami and Finnish don't belong to the Germanic language family nor to its subgroup Scandinavian/North Germanic. Would you say that Norwegian is a Sami language because it is spoken in Sápmi and is the native language of many Samis?

Edited by tractor on 20 February 2010 at 9:52pm

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tractor
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 Message 8 of 107
20 February 2010 at 9:54pm | IP Logged 
I think there is/was a Linguaphone Finnish also.

Edited by tractor on 20 February 2010 at 9:56pm



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