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    A funny short video about scandinavian languages

    An norwegian friend of mine made me watch this video ( he knows I'm learning finnish, and that makes him laugh). Sure you too will find it funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anglesqueville View Post
    An norwegian friend of mine made me watch this video ( he knows I'm learning finnish, and that makes him laugh). Sure you too will find it funny.
    Good fun.
    Australia has been flooded with Scandinavian TV thrillers and crime over the past few years.
    But they started with Danish programs for several years, so my ear is far better attuned to it, while Swedish sounds less guttural, but unusual.
    The Bridge was great for comparisons.
    Danes said something that sounded like "gut" or "good" - just like the English, while Swedish used "bror" just like the Scots. (Apologies for spelling.)

    Good luck with learning Finnish!
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    The best satire I've seen of Danish is this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mOy8VUEBk
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL View Post
    The best satire I've seen of Danish is this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-mOy8VUEBk
    Excellent. Btw it was easier to understand danish subtitles than English spoken by Danes.
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    I think the subtitles are actually in Norwegian as are the actors, but written Danish and Norwegian are very similar. The actors' impressions of a Danish accent in English are also remarkably good, in any case.
     

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    I think the subtitles are actually in Norwegian
    Haha! Yes, you are right! Not surprising I was understanding them so easily... I had not realized it.
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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokm%C3%A5l
    Bokmål is regulated by the governmental Norwegian Language Council. A more conservative orthographic standard, commonly known as Riksmål, is regulated by the non-governmental Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. The written standard is a Norwegianised variety of the Danish language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gravetti View Post
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bokm%C3%A5l
    Bokmål is regulated by the governmental Norwegian Language Council. A more conservative orthographic standard, commonly known as Riksmål, is regulated by the non-governmental Norwegian Academy for Language and Literature. The written standard is a Norwegianised variety of the Danish language.
    The written language is what it is, Bokmål or Nynorsk, but my feeling is that in the reality nobody speaks any regulated language. Some years ago there was a TV talk show ( don't recall its name) which thema was only ... norske dialekter! I'm very familiar with Norway for many years, and I speak Bokmål at least properly ( nearly fluently when I was younger and went there each year), but my fear has always been to stand stupidly in front of my interlocutor, wondering: " My God, what did he say?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by anglesqueville View Post
    The written language is what it is, Bokmål or Nynorsk, but my feeling is that in the reality nobody speaks any regulated language.
    My impression too is that Nynorsk and Bokmål really present attempts at formalized "almost-poles" among nonstandard dialects. For example I believe people could speak "Bokmål" but still say ikkje rather than ikke for "not." We have a few Norwegians here who could no doubt clarify.
     

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    I spoke many times with Norwegians about the history of their language(s) in the XXth century. About Riksmål, Bokmål, etc ( Nynorsk excepted) they seemed to think basically the same: re(?)-creation of a national language, different from Danish and Swedish ( the two ancient rulers). About Nynorsk? Not so easy, far from it. 20years ago ( even 10) in the west ( Hardanger) the Nynorsk issue was very complicated, and rather sensible, with political backgrounds and very concrete correlates ( elementary school for example). My feeling is that it looks different today, but I may be wrong. About the dialects, well, it's a mess, but so sympathetic.
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