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August 13, 2012 |

Germanic mutual intelligibility

I've written about how learning one language can help you learn another. Let me show you some examples of what I mean:

English

Norwegian

Swedish

Dutch

alsoogsåocksåook
alwaysalltidalltidaltijd
expensive, deardyrtdyrtduur
(to) have(å) ha(att) hahebben
(to) hear(å) høre(att) hörahoren
mustmåstemoeten
northnordnorrnoord
tonighti kveldikvällvanavond
(to) want, (to) will(å) ville(att) viljawillen
welcome backvelkommen tilbakevälkommen tillbakawelkom terug
withmedmedmet

As you can see, the Norwegians have similar words to the Swedish, except they differ on a few accounts, such as they sometimes use e's rather than ä's. For a large portion of words, Dutch is not far off from either of them.




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