Scandinavia and the World
What did you say?

What did you say?

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

Tagged in America Sweden Denmark Iceland England FennoSwede Finland Norway

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20 M
29 days ago #9377837        

@Kalastajamoraali Molemmat ♥

1 month ago #9376616        

Does this make Finland special or just "special" compared to the rest of the gang? :)


17 F
2 months ago #9368765        

I have actually mistaken Kristiansand dialect with Danish at several occasions cx

2 months ago #9368602        

@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.


2 months ago #9368116        

@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.

2 months ago #9367908        

@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.

2 months ago #9365953        

@Lunachris: I know. I live in Skåne, but I was born in Småland, and I have no idea how the people here understand Danish, while I understand Norwegian perfectly fine.

2 months ago #9365171        

@Cressela Isn't French-Canadian basically just 18. century French? There must be something European French are able to understand in Canadian French.

2 months ago #9365170        

@NorseFolkvang All the Norwegians I know also don't understand Danish except few common phrases. It is a common misconception that everyone who speaks a Scandinavian language automatically understand each other when in reality we're just able to get the idea what the other person is talking about. As an Icelander I'm able to understand some Norwegian and Faroese. Similar to how Swedes are able to understand some Danish. Though I can understand Swedish to an extent if they speak very clearly or sing. Danish is the only language which I can't understand at all except greetings and introductions.


30 O
2 months ago #9364359        

Actually, there are three Norse languages in Finland, making up two distinct families — Finland-Swedish and Åland-"ish" which are descended from Old Swedish, and a bunch of small East Norse dialects (spoken in Ostrbothnia, Åboland, and parts of Nyland) descended from Old East Norse.

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