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Danish vs German

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1. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

Hi all,

how different are the two languages? Would it be easier to learn one if you already have a background in the other?

2. Posted by bgl (Full Member 167 posts) 7y

There's a lot of similarity between German and the Scandinavian languages (Danish, Swedish and Norwegian). If you already have some knowledge of German, for instance, I would think that could only be helpful if you were to try Danish!

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Jun-2009, at 23:10 by bgl ]

3. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 7y

Actually, there are two theories about this. One is that previous knowledge of a similar language is helpful; the other is that previous knowledge of a similar language is confusing, and therefore not helpful at all.

It also depends on how dissimilar both languages are from your mother tongue. Since Malay grammar is so different from germanic grammars, you may have more trouble distinguishing between two germanic languages than me, because my own language belongs to the same group.

But why not simply give it a try? If it doesn't work out, that's no biggie: most Danes have a reasonable command of English and/or German.

4. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I was trying to recall where on TP I've ever mentioned what my mother tongue was It certainly isn't Malay though it's my national language and I do have some knowledge of it

I'm exploring the universities in Scandinavia for postgrad studies and have been looking at Danish texts on websites (yet to move on to the others). Found the words pretty similar to German but thought I'll just ask. I've got intermediate level German which I found relatively easy to pick up, and which has certainly helped (with guessing around ) on all my trips to the Netherlands.

Thanks for the replies guys :)