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Questions about Germanic languages (e.g. English, German, Dutch and Danish), a branch of the Indo-European language family.

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Seeking Guidance for Self Studying Germanic Linguistics

I'm a native English speaker from the USA and I'd like to self-study Germanic linguistics. I've found little success understanding what a degree in the field would even look like because search ...
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Learning Nynorsk as a non-norwegian speaker

I am a non-norwegian person who wishes to learn Nynorsk. I don't live in Norway and I also don't know the norwegian language except for a few words. I want to learn Nynorsk even before I learn Bokmål. ...
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Are the highest language levels (eg: CEFR C1+) unnatural?

I am learning German, and I find many of the concepts taught in C1 very unnatural. For example Partizipialsatz, konsekutive Konnektoren (folglich, infolgedessen etc) seem to be almost never used in ...
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How long does it take to learn German at a B1 level?

I speak Hungarian and learnt English as a second language (both are at a C1/C2 level) and recently developed an interest in German. I tried to find out roughly how long it would take to learn German ...
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Any online discussion forums in a Germanic language other than English or German?

I have found that Stack Exchange, Yahoo Answers, Zhihu and other sites allow you to immerse yourself in major languages by asking and answering questions on multilingual pages. Are there any such ...
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What strategies there are for learning a Romance language when I already know a Germanic language?

In a comment on another question, What is the difference between Germanic and Romance languages?, Robert Columbia wrote: There are actually known strategies for learning a language from one of ...
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Before visiting Scandinavia, is it better to learn one Scandinavian language to fluency or a smattering of all three?

I have heard that virtually all Scandinavians are fluent in English. However, I would prefer to learn Norwegian, Swedish or Danish before visiting in order to blend in better. I also understand that ...
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Learning to use articles correctly when your L1 does not use them

I have a friend who is Russian and has used German for day-to-day matters for the last two years. He is very well able to have detailed conversations in German. However, his use of articles is often ...
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Resources for learning Texas German

The German language arrived to Texas in the 1840s, and, amazingly, the language has stuck around with a few thousand people. Here is a fantastic video of a woman speaking Texas German for six straight ...
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Can I read nynorsk due to learning bokmål?

Suppose I learn enough Norwegian bokmål to be able to read books and newspapers well enough to follow what is happening, even if I would miss nuances and occasionally misunderstand something. I'm ...
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Predicting language interference between Danish and Norwegian

I am presently learning Danish, but will soon move to Norway. The languages are very similar, to the level that I can read both without ever having studied Norwegian. Norwegian pronunciation is likely ...
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What are the differences between High German and other dialects? [closed]

I am going to either Germany or Austria to study German. I have been told there are differences in the German spoken in different regions, and would like to know what these were before choosing the ...
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What are some recommended iPhone apps for learning German?

I already use Duolingo, but feel as though it's not enough to propel my language skills and learn even more. Are there any German apps that are more grammar-based than vocab-based in the App Store (...
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What is the significant difference between the Germanic language group and the Romance group? [closed]

People classify English, German and Dutch into Germanic language group and French, Spanish, Italian into the Romance language family. I learned English and the others before, but I still don't ...
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Swiss German Learning

Can anyone suggest any resources for learning Swiss German? Since Swiss German is not an official language but a dialect it is very hard to find any resources. Ideally targetd for beginners with no ...
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Why is Icelandic considered harder to learn for English speakers than other North Germanic languages?

Multiple sources, including this website, claim that Icelandic is a particularly difficult language to learn for native English speakers. Of particular note, this source claims Icelandic is ...
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