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Ah, the languages of the Nordics.

Few people realize this, but Norwegians actually speak a language that is far closer to old Danish than Norwegian, while people on Iceland actually speak something close to old Norwegian.
Little FennoSwede is holding on to his uncle Finland because FennoSwedes are Finns who speak Swedish.

Though, you could really just say Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and to some extend Icelandic (But not Finnish) are nothing more than different dialects, seeing as we understand each other if we talk reeeeaaaaly slow and clear.

And it will of course never not be funny how some Americans treat British like a completely different language. :XD:
Sure, some words are different and it’s a different accent, but try coming to Europe. We’ll show you what “different language” means. ;)


25th July 2010

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2 years ago #8891723        
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Well, in south norwegian we have a danish-influeced language, while in the western/northen parts the language in impressively good preserved.



3 years ago #8264092        
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what about Sami people? :) here in the north. we can understand each other



25 days ago #9394446        
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Languages can be so confusing :)



26 days ago #9393900        
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Yeah, we speak danish if you count Norway population on kristiansand...
my language is somewhat close to old Norwegian or old norse.
I dont understand danish and how you can you can say norwegian is danish xD
I tried to speak to a danish lady in a danish store, she didn't even understand yes or no in both my dialect and bokmål (i didn't understand her either so we ended up with english) xD
So the nordic countries i understand the most is Iceland and sweden, and are probably those countries that understand me the best too.
We have soo many types of Norwegian (1000+ dialects), the words change from where you are in Norway.
Moro (fun) can suddenly be gama and Jeg ( i ) can suddenly be E, Æ, Eg. Fjell (mountain) can be fjall, Norge (Norway) can be Noreg.
Ku (cow) can be kyr, å ikke like (to not like) can be å mislike... etc.
"Eg er norsk", that is new norwegian (the second writing language in Norway) for "i am norwegian".
Yeah, we have two writing languages in Norway....



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2 months ago #9377837        
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@Kalastajamoraali Molemmat ♥



2 months ago #9376616        
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Does this make Finland special or just "special" compared to the rest of the gang? :)



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3 months ago #9368765        
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I have actually mistaken Kristiansand dialect with Danish at several occasions cx



3 months ago #9368602        
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@NorseFolkvang Well, I don't know of any Dane which understands Icelandic. Only Norwegians are able to understand me if I speak very clearly. I can also understand Norwegian to an extent if they speak clearly enough. Swedes also seem to somewhat understand easy Icelandic conversations but I usually just speak English to them. I've often met Danish tourists who are surprised that Icelanders don't understand Danish. But the main reason why I don't understand Danish is because the accent is so different. In Icelandic we roll the "r" and rarely include any uvular sounds. However, we do have that common Scandinavian tonal-stress accent, but not as strong as the Swedish one.
It's kind of funny when Nordics make fun of each other's language. haha. At my work, we sometimes call Danes "Snakkers" (because snakke means talking) and exaggerate the Danish uvular sounds, I've heard Danes refer to Icelanders as the "urs" (because most Icelandic nouns, verbs and adjectives end with "ur"). I've sometimes heard Swedes mocking Norwegian language as "singing". lol. But no offence is meant ; ) It's just fun.



3 months ago #9368116        
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@mrnewwanderer Yeah, MrNew.... that was my dad used to say and it was a joke between and his norwegian friends.
Personally, I could understand norwegian pretty well but Sweedish... no, I cant (as you said, just common phrases) Icelanders and Finnish, for what I listened, I can't understand it at all.



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3 months ago #9367908        
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@Cressela I've studied A lot of languages and speak fluent french, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Swedish, English and Spanish also i speak some what Japanese and German. My point is i have lived in France Montpellier (south) and when i went to Quebec i had no problem understanding the accent. I can see how some french people can't understand it.



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