Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kan du tale norsk? Can you speak Norwegian?

Jeg har hørt at Dansk og Norsk er meget tæt til hinanden, og hvis en dansk mand snakker med en norsk mand, kan de forstår hinanden! Næsten bedre end en Sønderjyllandmand kan forstår en Sjællandmand, og de er fra det samme land! Jeg har set mange film på den norske kanal, og jeg kommenter altid til Mads om "hvordan norsk ligner dansk at er stavnede forkert".... Men i søndags, modtog en overraskelse. Jeg har en ny blog veninde, Amy, som bor i Norge, og jeg ville at se hvor sit hjem var, så jeg gik til "Wikipedia". Hun bor på en lille ø i midten af Norge's største sø hedder "Mjøsa". Fordi Mads og jeg prøver at snakke mere og mere dansk i hjem, læste jeg Wikipedias artikel højt til ham, så han kan kende, også, hvor min ny veninde bor. Jeg læste.... uden en pause..... og da jeg var færdig, smilede han til mig. "Indser du at du har lige læste den hele artikel på norsk?!" HVAD?!? Fordi jeg googled et sted i Norge, tog Wikipedia automatisk mig til deres norske sider! WOW! Måske jeg kan mæstre alle 3 Scandinavian sprog! :o) Men jeg tænker at jeg vil fokus på dansk en lidt længe....

I have heard that Danish and Norwegian are very close to each other, and if a Danish man is talking with a Norwegian man, they can understand each other! Almost better than a Southern Jutland (peninsula where we live) man can understand a man from Zealand (island where Copenhagen is) and they are from the same land! I have seen many movies on the Norwegian channels and I always comment to Mads about how "Norwegian looks like Danish, but misspelled!" On Sunday, however, I received quite a surprise. I have a new blog friend, Amy, who lives in Norway and I wanted to see where her home was, so I went to Wikipedia. She lives on a little island in the middle of Norway's largest lake, Mjøsa. Because Mads and I are trying to talk more and more Danish at home, I read the article about Mjøsa outloud to him, without missing a beat. When I was finished, he smiled at me, and said, "Do you realize you just read that entire article in Norwegian?!" WHAT??!! Because I googled a place in Norway, Wikipedia automotically took me to a Norwegian version of their page.WOW! Maybe I can master all three Scandinavian languages! But I think for now, I will just focus on Danish a little longer....

artikel om Mjøsa Norge

8 comments:

American in Norway said...

I have been writing with Amy as well... Maybe we could all get together HOW FUN... she is a Texas girl too.

The 3 languages are very similar, however i think Norwegian is much easier... i am still trying to practice the "potato in my throat" when I speak to Danes... FYI...I always read you post in Danish... hmmm...

the writer said...

I think Danish and Norwegian are only similar in written version. The pronunciation is much more different. Swedish and Norwegian have more similar prounciation instead so they understand each other better. I tried to order a hotdog in Oslo using Danish only to find that the hotdog seller spoke to me in rapid Norwegian. I had to beg him to slow down LOL

Bluefish said...

That's interesting...does Norwegian sounds the same like Danish? I've met 2 Norwegian girls in NYC one year and I thought their language sounds easier than Danish.

Jakino...the Desert Rose said...

LOL! That is pretty cool!

Amy said...

I think Norwegian and Danish are very similar in written form only, on the back of the shampoos and other beauty products Norwegian and Danish are always written as one, while Swedish has it's own translation. I can understand spoken Swedish better then spoken Danish and I'm too the point where I can read Swedish also as I have some Swedish friends I write with but when I'm with Danes or Swedes I like to play "tourist" and speak my beloved English...have to practice that also sometimes, my parents think I sound like a foreigner...hahaha...
I love the idea above about an American/Texas get together...we should work on that idea for next summer!!!! I offer my "cabin" in the woods on the island in the middle of the lake in Norway as the get away...and can promise lots of good food and if you come at the right time, lovely weather, bathing in the Mjøsa..it will feel like summer camp!!!!

LadyFi said...

Ha ha - well done you! The Swedes always say that they can understand Norwegian as it is pretty similar but that Danish is very difficult. The only conclusion I can draw is that Norwegian is easier than either Danish or Swedish...

GutsyWriter said...

So I'm so happy to have found you. I was raised to speak Danish as a kid with my mom but attended an English school in Paris. I now live in S. California married to an American. I understand spoken Norwegian much better than spoken Swedish.I'm having a small writing contest about an embarrassing moment in your life on my blog. You cannot write it in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish, only in English.

SH said...

If you're dreaming in Danish, you're that much closer to being fluent... I predict a complete mental changeover by Christmas.

LOVE YOU.