Which form of norwegian to learn: Bokmål or Nynorsk?

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Posted by admin on 01 Jan 09 - Comments Off on Which form of norwegian to learn: Bokmål or Nynorsk?


Learning of every language is related to learning the culture of a countries where the language is spoken. Then students learn a little about a history of a language as well. So, you already know something about two official forms of norwegian language: its written forms Bokmål and Nynorsk. People are free to choose, which form they could speak. When we look to the history, we can find that Bokmål is based on danish language. A group of people decided to opposite Bokmål and then they created Nynorsk. Nynorsk is based on different norwegian dialects, and it seems to be more “pure” form of norwegian language than Bokmål. Actually danish language is very similar to Bokmål.

So when starting to learn norwegian you should know that there are two forms of norwegian. Don’t ask which language should you learn: Nynorks of Bokmål, because there’s still one language — norwegian and you only choose whay form do you want to learn more. In normal life you will meet both of them. When you have an aim to learn spoken norwegian, keep in mind that Nynorsk is widely spoken in Western and Southern Norway, while Bokmål is mostly used in Eastern Norway (especially in the Oslo and its areas).

While learning written norwegian, keep in mind that there’ll be differences between Nynorsk and Bokmål. In this case Bokmål will be more useful to learn first.

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