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    ˌskandəˈnāvēən/
    adjective
    adjective: Scandinavian
    1.of or relating to Scandinavia, its people, or their languages.
    noun
    noun: Scandinavian; plural noun: Scandinavians
    1.a native or inhabitant of Scandinavia, or a person of Scandinavian descent.
    2.the North Germanic languages (Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, Icelandic,
    Faroese) descended from Old Norse.


    Scandinavian languages include Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Faroese, and Saami languages. The countries included are typically Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Finland is usually not included, but Finnish people are definitely welcome on this thread.
    I'm half Scandinavian: my dad's family Norwegian, with little Swedish. Because they live in a very isolated place, they're pretty intact with their culture. My grandmother spoke Norwegian, but my dad's generation doesn't, really. They don't exactly speak English either; they're bad with grammar and have a hard time with English plural (the plural of bear? Bear. It's not wolves; it's wolf.). I only know a little of Norwegian, which includes profanities, of course. (I haven't had much contact with my dad in particular for a while due to disagreements, but I'm okay with some cousins, aunts, and stuff.) They're very stereotypical.

    I've also found that they like food. A lot.

    Any Scandinavians on mibba? Ever been exposed to lutefisk?

    Most Scandinavians are Lutheran (my Norse family is; I'm not) but I know quite a bit of Norse mythology.
    April 7th, 2014 at 02:08am
  • SaraHorlyk

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    I'm Scandinavian - Live in Denmark, 30min. from the German border.
    And as for the 'Lutefisk', in my situation it's a; "Been there, done that, never going back" situation haha.
    April 24th, 2014 at 06:49pm
  • LL Poivre

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    Every since I played Age of Mythology, I'm awfully interested in Norse mythology. I'm a fan of Avengers, but I won't lie that they described about the Gods very poorly aside that they're attractive in the movie. The Norse Gods shouldn't have done any of those thing, well that's just movies. I also just start watching Vikings, it's enticing too bad I can't keep up with the show.

    I've always wanted to go to Norway, Sweden or Iceland. I heard Scandinavian countries has great scenery and awesome natural view.

    Does Scandinavian language from the countries are the same? Are Icelandic and Swedish or any Scandinavian languages the same? I'm interested in learning Icelandic because it looks difficult and unique. Do you speak Scandinavian languages?
    April 25th, 2014 at 07:24am
  • SaraHorlyk

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    @ L. L. Poivre
    Danish and Norwegian are more likely the same, so is Swedish. But Icelandic and Faroese is a totally different story. All Scandinavian languages is some Hella difficult languages to learn, but Icelandic and Faroese is really really difficult.

    I've had a fre friends from both Faroe Islands and Iceland, and I did try to learn their languages, but I had to give up, it's so incredibly hard.
    April 25th, 2014 at 07:49am
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    @ Kukilein.
    Oh no ): I'm a fan of Sigur Ros and Of Monsters and Men, I've always wanted to learn Icelandic. They sound unique and cool. So you speak a little Icelandic? Tell me! XD Does the language has some kind of grammar or certain rules on saying things?
    April 25th, 2014 at 08:00am
  • SaraHorlyk

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    I don't really speak it - I just know The Lord's Prayer in both Icelandic and Faroese (I don't even know why I know it xD), but it sounds pretty cool if you pronounce the words the right way haha. There isn't a big difference between those two languages, but there is a bit of a difference.

    And as for the grammar rules etc. I'm actually not sure. But you can check this and this out :D
    April 25th, 2014 at 10:19am
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    I would like to live in Sweden someday, but I just can't wrap my mouth around the syllables of their language.
    May 13th, 2014 at 07:44am
  • KiddoOverload

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    I'm from Denmark with a little swedish line in me (dont really wanna talk about it :'D) as for the lutefisk, no sorry, it's not a common dish in Denmark I think :/ can't talk for the whole country 'Coz even though we're small we're so different depending on where you go ;)
    April 24th, 2017 at 12:39pm
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    I don't live in Scandinavia, but I do plan to live in Denmark when I'm older! Cute Actually, in two years, I might study abroad in Copenhagen for a college semester. So, I'm getting a head start now by learning how to speak Danish! There's an app called Memrise that I use (and it has lots of different languages to study and memorize). I want to buy a language book in addition, though. This way I can learn all of the grammar and conjugation rules Con I'm pretty sure most/all of Danes speak English, but I want to pay respect to their culture!

    I'm also a huge fan of Mew! They are one of my favorite bands, and I was lucky to meet them two years ago. However, the drummer (Silas In Love ) doesn't speak a lot of English. Thus, I'm also learning Danish to try to speak with him, when I see Mew in concert this August!! Twitch

    I know this thread isn't very active, but I would love to learn more about Denmark if you guys can help out! Arms
    June 5th, 2017 at 06:07am
  • wxyz

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    Jeg har ingen nordisk arv (så vidt jeg vet) men jeg er veldig interessert i kulturene og språkene.
    Ég hef engan norrænan arf (eftir því sem ég veit) en ég hef mikinn áhuga á menningunum og tungumálunum.
    November 3rd, 2017 at 10:52pm
  • Dead Ocean

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    I'm scandinavian - my father's from Norway and I was born and raised here. I'm actually not sure if I've tried lutefisk before because I haven't really grown up with typical Norwegian food (my mother's from South America), and now I don't eat meat, so yeah.

    When it comes to Norwegian and Danish I just wanna say that it really depends on your accent. There's a variety of different accents in Norway, and some may sound similar to Danish (especially the ones in the South). I think my accent is actually more similar to the Swedish accent they speak in Skane.
    February 12th, 2018 at 05:40pm