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Post by sieve » Mon May 14, 2018 10:48 pm

Say you were planning a trip to places like Latvia, Finland, Norway, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands or Iceland, what language might be the most useful to learn? English I think I do pretty well with but I only know a few words in Spanish and that's it.
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Re: Language question

Post by VinnyD » Mon May 14, 2018 10:55 pm

Except in the Shetlands, where they speak English (they will understand you better than you understand them), nobody in any of those places expects foreigners to have learned any of the local language. You'll be fine with English.

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Re: Language question

Post by DCComic » Wed May 16, 2018 6:29 am

What Vinny said.
If you learned Faroese you might get by in Iceland, and vice versa. Just.
Icelandic and Norwegian speakers can converse if they are very patient,
Latvian and Finnish are distinct from the other languages and one another.
Shetlanders speak beautiful clear English.

If you didn’t know Englishn, that would be the one to learn.
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Re: Language question

Post by cuchulainn » Wed May 16, 2018 11:48 am

Latvian is related to Lithuanian.

DcComic is confusing Latvian with Estonian.

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Post by Lost Soul » Wed May 16, 2018 12:54 pm

cuchulainn wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:48 am
DcComic is confusing Latvian with Estonian.
Incorrect. OP is not concerned with Estonian.
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Re: Language question

Post by cuchulainn » Wed May 16, 2018 2:18 pm

DcComic wrote that Latvian is similar to Finnish.



Read it again, hermit.

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Re: Language question

Post by VinnyD » Wed May 16, 2018 4:00 pm

No he didn't.

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Re: Language question

Post by Lost Soul » Thu May 17, 2018 12:08 am

For shame, cuch. For shame.
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Re: Language question

Post by DCComic » Thu May 17, 2018 1:58 am

cuchulainn wrote:
Wed May 16, 2018 11:48 am
Latvian is related to Lithuanian.

DcComic is confusing Latvian with Estonian.
No he isn't.
Estonian and Finnish are related, while Latvian and Finnish are distinct from one another (and the other languages.)
As I wrote.

Either you didn't know that or your reading comprehension is typically American - see the words, ignore the syntax, make your own meaning.
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Re: Language question

Post by strife » Thu May 17, 2018 8:22 am

sieve wrote:
Mon May 14, 2018 10:48 pm
Say you were planning a trip to places like Latvia, Finland, Norway, Faroe Islands, Shetland Islands or Iceland, what language might be the most useful to learn? English I think I do pretty well with but I only know a few words in Spanish and that's it.
Norwegian would be the most approachable, coming from English. You'll have a low degree of intelligibility with Icelandic and Faroese (more with Danish, to a lesser degree with Swedish). Latvian is a Baltic language, not very close to English. Finnish is impossible - like Martian. It's not even Indo-European.

Bear in mind that there are two main Norwegian dialects: Bokmål and Nynorsk. I think all foreign learners pick up Bokmål.

People in all these countries, except Latvia, will generally know English.
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Re: Language question

Post by Steve_in_Exile » Thu May 17, 2018 11:53 am

DCComic wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 1:58 am
your reading comprehension is typically American
:lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Language question

Post by sieve » Thu May 17, 2018 2:59 pm

My husband is friends with someone in Latvia who knows english pretty well. He met a couple from Holland at the bike shop the other day and talked to them quite a bit.
Hopefully we can a make a tirp to a couple of those places within a couple years. I feel like I've missed out so much on life growing up with parents who never wanted to go anywhere. My mom is very uncurious about the rest of the world.
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Re: Language question

Post by Boinkity_Boink » Thu May 17, 2018 6:14 pm

Whatever language you decide is best for this region, if you learn to say "I'd like another plate of pickled herring", you'll cover most of what you'll need to be saying.

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