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From the very beginning when I started making this comic Swedes and Norwegians have been telling me jokes about how weird Danish is, and how it's so weird not even Danes understand it so they have to speak Swedish or Norwegian to communicate. The Norwegian and Swedish languages are a lot closer to each other, so I can see where the joke comes from.

That's all well and good and I laughed along, until I started meeting a lot of Swedes and Norwegians at conventions and realized a lot of them honest to god think that Danes understand Norwegian and Swedish, even though Norwegians and Swedes don't understand Danish. Like, they somehow convinced themselves that the language barrier only goes one way.

So I'm here to tell you sorry, but we don't understand you either. A lot of Danes don't even understand Icelandic people when they talk Danish with an accent to us.


8th September 2017

Tagged in Sweden Norway Denmark


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3 months ago #9677458        
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The coloured words into flags is creative!

EDIT - Wow guys! That's my most upvoted comment from being here in two years! Nearly doubled my second most-upvoted! :happy:

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3 months ago #9677663        
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Some people figured out that if someone doesn't understand your language you just have to repeat what you said REALLY LOUD.

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MrSaukko

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3 months ago #9677495        
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I love these moments where Denmark is the voice of a reason.

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3 months ago #9677787        
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Camelåså!

3 months ago #9677500        
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As a dane who have worked with a lot of swedes and norwegians, I have always found that everyone was able to communicate by speaking their own language (with the exception of the danish numbers), as longs as you take care to speak clearly and not too fast. Obviously it depends a lot on dialects as well, but honestly there are danish dialects I find harder to understand that swedish or norwegian. However, my experience is that younger scandinavians, meaning below 25 tends to switch to english rather than make the effort of understanding each other.

3 months ago #9677616        
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Meanwhile, in Finland...

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3 months ago #9677477        
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I believe this is because we can still read Danish but we can not understand when they speak it. In Sweden we usually joke that Danes speak Swedish but with a potato, tennis ball, fist or porridge in their mouth.

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3 months ago #9677856        
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For once, Denmark isn't the idiotic one.

Diogo

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3 months ago #9677767        
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To be fair, some language barriers do only go one way. In Portugal, we can understand most of what a Spaniard says, but they have a much harder time understanding us, because of our accent. They also say we talk too fast, which is very rich coming from them >___>

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minando

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3 months ago #9678355        
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And here I believed Dansk was the scandinavian equivalent to Esperanto.

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