Thanks to everyone who was there today, it was pretty cool.
Elizabeth from England joined, we talked a bit about books and cats and dogs. Christian from Norway now in Vienna told an incredible story about the history of Norwegian, and why they have two languages: Nynorsk and Bokmål.
More info from the Wikipedia page (although Christian really did a great job explaining this):
Today there are two official forms of written Norwegian, Bokmål (literally “book tongue”) and Nynorsk (“new Norwegian”), each with its own variants. Bokmål developed from the Dano-Norwegian koiné language that evolved under the union of Denmark-Norway in the 16th and 17th centuries, while Nynorsk was developed based upon a collective of spoken Norwegian dialects. Norwegian is one of the two official languages in Norway. The other is Sami, spoken by some members of the Sami people, mostly in the Northern part of Norway. Norwegian and Sami are not mutually intelligible, as Sami belongs to the Finno-Ugric group of languages. Sami is spoken by less than one percent of people in Norway.
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_language
The full story includes Napoleon, and Alliances between the British, Swedish and Norwegians against Napoleon and the Danes.
Also Daniel showed up who’s from Poland and after 4 years of German in school he wants to continue learning it by himself, and is adding French, because he likes it too.
And Jacobo and Vanessa joined while still in their car on their way back from a bike tour, but connection was not so good today.
We had an insane amount of 47 phrases in all varieties. They can be downloaded here:
“0512 animals, online meeting, Norwegian, ” – I shared a phrase set on the Lingophant App
Don’t forget to practice them, in order to maximally benefit from our conversation sessions.
Let us know if you encounter a problem downloading them to your device because we’re still testing some technical implementations.
- Also, we’re about to publish a weekly schedule of our sessions, that can be shared. Alex has to finish his Russian challenge in May and invented a new daily challenge System to do it. Sabi is starting French lessons because she really would like to speak that.
- We’re also on TikTok but our videos are not public yet because we are a bit overwhelmed haha. But yeah, follow us if you have TikTok.
- We are looking to add two sessions to our calendar, currently consisting of five free German lessons per week. Sign up here.
- Also we have a discord channel for chatting now. Follow this link to join: https://discord.gg/YAtG8qg
Maybe I should create a separate post for this stuff haha, let me know. Also if you find typo’s or have comments to this post.