Aug 30, 2002
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Speaking of Germanic languages - is it true Swedes think Danish sounds like a throat disease?

I heard Norwegians thinking the same. Remembering from holidays in Spain how many Brits thought we were Dutch. :shifty:

Yeah danish sounds like you guys have fish stuck in your throats, I tell the danes I know speak in english :D Norwegians I understand like 80%, tho they sound like they singing opera when they talk. I can read danish intelligbly, but hearing you guys speak it, forget about it LOL
 

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Feb 17, 2016
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Yeah danish sounds like you guys have fish stuck in your throats, I tell the danes I know speak in english :D Norwegians I understand like 80%, tho they sound like they singing opera when they talk. I can read danish intelligbly, but hearing you guys speak it, forget about it LOL
Haha I imagine. Thats how we feel about norwegians too when reading it, it looks like danish where the person wrote it wrong. Swedish on text is understandable for us but still too different to understand everything.

Norwegian is usually easier to understand than Swedish, but maybe it’s different for someone coming from Copenhagen as they’re more in touch with you than someone like me who’s from the Jylland peninsula, it’s the land connected to Germany.
 
Jan 18, 2016
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Swedish is easy. I have 3 colleagues from Sweden, they speak Swedish at work and I have no problem understanding them.

Danish on the other hand is much harder to understand, like Osman described: sounds like you have fish stuck in your throat.
 
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Feb 21, 2015
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Haha I imagine. Thats how we feel about norwegians too when reading it, it looks like danish where the person wrote it wrong. Swedish on text is understandable for us but still too different to understand everything.

Norwegian is usually easier to understand than Swedish, but maybe it’s different for someone coming from Copenhagen as they’re more in touch with you than someone like me who’s from the Jylland peninsula, it’s the land connected to Germany.
I expect you to speak deutsch then!
 
Feb 17, 2016
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You can speak to me in German and I will understand it relative well but it's much harder for me to speak it. A lot of the words are similar to Danish words (both Germanic languages as talked about yesterday), but the way you Germans build up a sentence is different to us - along with other differences.

But still you're able to tell they're similar in some cases.
 
Jan 16, 2011
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Yeah danish sounds like you guys have fish stuck in your throats, I tell the danes I know speak in english :D Norwegians I understand like 80%, tho they sound like they singing opera when they talk. I can read danish intelligbly, but hearing you guys speak it, forget about it LOL
Danish is easily the best of the scandinavian languages. In fact it's the only one that sounds like an actual language. Swedish sounds, for lack of a better word, silly. The language is incapable of showing anger, hostility, passion, fear etc. Norwegian is basically incorrect Danish and Finnish.. well :lol:
 
Aug 13, 2013
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Danish is easily the best of the scandinavian languages. In fact it's the only one that sounds like an actual language. Swedish sounds, for lack of a better word, silly. The language is incapable of showing anger, hostility, passion, fear etc. Norwegian is basically incorrect Danish and Finnish.. well :lol:
you are a Dane. Too handsome to be a Dane.
 

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