Fun facts about the Norwegian language
Did you know that Norwegian is considered one of the easiest languages to learn? This may sound unexpected because Norwegian isn’t often on the list of modern foreign languages to learn when you’re considering a course. But we think it is an amazing language for anyone to try to learn and if you ever decide to do it we have pun together the most important Norwegian language facts for your consideration.
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Norwegian language facts
If you’re thinking about learning Norwegian it’s always good to know a little about the origins and history of the language you are learning. Here, we offer some fascinating Norwegian language facts to grab your interest.
North Germanic language
Norwegian is a North Germanic language and is initially derived from Old Norse. Norwegian shares many uniqueness with the other Scandinavian languages as well as the rest of the North Germanic languages. It is mutually clear with Danish and Swedish.
Seems to be English
There are several words than you may imagine that are closely the same in Norwegian as they are in English. They are of course pronounced in a different way, but are really written the same way and have the same meaning. You will be surprised to find that reading a simple newspaper would actually come pretty easy for you. Some words are the same, like bank, over and problem.
It is a very exotic language as it is very tonal. It sounds very lyrical in order to distinguish between things like homonyms.
Norwegian is mainly spoken in Norway, where it is an official language. There are around 5 million native Norwegian speakers.
This language is divided into 4 variations, Bokmål, Riksmål, Nynorsk and Høgnorsk.
No Word For Please
Norwegian tends to be a more polite language generally, so maybe it can be forgiven for missing a simple please. So, there is no actual word for please.
No, we’re not done yet, there are more Norwegian language facts you should be aware of.
Norwegian has 2 official forms of written language: Bokmål and Nynorsk.
- Bokmål is the most widely used form of written Norwegian.
- Nynorsk is used by around 10% of Norway’s population.
The letters “c”, “q”, “w”, “x” and “z” are only used in a few foreign words which are used in the Norwegian language.
A Norwegian sentence follows the usual structure: subject – predicate – object.
On one hand, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish are mutually intelligible owing to their common history. Icelandic, on the other hand, is not mutually intelligible with Norwegian, despite the two languages being correlated.
Most Norwegian dialects have a rolled R. In adding up it is important to pronounce the R at the end of a word.
Easier to Learn
For speakers of Norwegian it is easier to learn Danish and Swedish conversations than for Danish and Swedish speakers following Norwegian conversations. The reason is the location of the country: Norway is between Denmark and Sweden.
A good dose of weekend drinking is lovingly named Helgefylla to make it an actual event rather than one of those things that just “happens”.
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