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(Original post by Mechie)
Just signed up for an evening course of Danish at a near-ish university, anyone have any experience of stuff like this?
Speak a bit of Norsk - which I'd say is pretty similar
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Right. [B]Why don't you learn Swedish[B] which is probably more useful first?
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Speak a bit of Norsk - which I'd say is pretty similar
How is it as a language to learn?
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How is it as a language to learn?
Probably the same as Danish.

I speak to a lot of Scandinavians and Norwegians (in general) say that "Danish people sound like they're speaking Norwegian with a potato in their mouth.".
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What?
I thought it was quite self-explanatory, if ostensibly non-sequitur.


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Probably the same as Danish.

I speak to a lot of Scandinavians and Norwegians (in general) say that "Danish people sound like they're speaking Norwegian with a potato in their mouth.".
Yes, which is why I'm asking. I know the two are similar, so from someone who knows a bit of the similar language I'm asking how it is to learn, as I will be learning a similar language. So, answering "probably the same as Danish" isn't very helpful
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Good luck to those awaiting their GCSE results tomorrow!
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Good luck to those awaiting their GCSE results tomorrow!
I work at a college, can't wait for all the calls from students worried they won't get onto their course.
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Good luck to those awaiting their GCSE results tomorrow!
I don't think we have many GCSEers this time around.
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Good luck to all GCSE resultees :yep:

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How is it as a language to learn?
It's like German - although Norsk is getting lazy, phasing out some of the masculine, feminine, neutral terminology which has plagued every other language bar English.
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It's like German - although Norsk is getting lazy, phasing out some of the masculine, feminine, neutral terminology which has plagued every other language bar English.
I've never understood the sense in languages having masculine and feminine terminology, seems to needlessly complicate things and also why English doesn't use it even though English is derived and influenced by languages which do, such as German and French.
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I've never understood the sense in languages having masculine and feminine terminology, seems to needlessly complicate things and also why English doesn't use it even though English is derived and influenced by languages which do, such as German and French.
I'm surprised about that too - English has a reputation as being the one of the most complex languages.
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I've never understood the sense in languages having masculine and feminine terminology, seems to needlessly complicate things and also why English doesn't use it even though English is derived and influenced by languages which do, such as German and French.
For inflected languages where the endings change for different cases, grouping using gender can help to provide a certain regularity to nouns. Surprisingly, I don't feel that it complicates matters that much really and I think that the reason you view it as a complication is because you're a native English speaker and so haven't had to categorise words into genders before.
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For inflected languages where the endings change for different cases, grouping using gender can help to provide a certain regularity to nouns. Surprisingly, I don't feel that it complicates matters that much really and I think that the reason you view it as a complication is because you're a native English speaker and so haven't had to categorise words into genders before.
How is it not more complicated though? It adds another association to a word that you need to learn for every noun.

le garçon and la fille, for example.
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How is it not more complicated though? It adds another association to a word that you need to learn for every noun.

le garçon and la fille, for example.
Yes, but French is perhaps an exception here. If anything, in my experience of learning languages, you eventually don't notice the various genders and only do if you need to figure out something about that word. In short, it doesn't add any complication in the end really.
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Yes, but French is perhaps an exception here. If anything, in my experience of learning languages, you eventually don't notice the various genders and only do if you need to figure out something about that word. In short, it doesn't add any complication in the end really.
German is the same, and Dutch has 'het' or 'de' words. Not remembering the gender is usually the thing that gives me away as a non-native speaker of these languages.
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Thanks guys I've done well
Congrats :woo:

One piece of advice for next year: be organised!

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