New researchers now consider they can confirm that English is, in reality, a Scandinavian language, which indicates that it belongs to the Northern Germanic language family, just like Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, and Faroese.
The main point here is that English and the Scandinavian languages come from the same core language family. As such, English share several similarities with Swedish, Norwegian and Danish.
Scandinavian languages and English are all Germanic. Modern English is based on Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons, who were Germanic tribes who settled on Great Britain.
“Native” English: 33% Latin: 15% Old Norse: 5%
Norwegian is closer to English than either Danish or Swedish. In fact, it’s often described as the easiest of the three languages to learn.
Probably because most English-language TV, films and music they’re exposed to are from the US rather than the UK or Australia. To my Swedish friends here on Quora: I am from the Western United States. To my ear, the Swedish accent when speaking English sounds nothing like any of the British accents.
Do Norwegians like British?
Some Norwegian people probably like some British people to varying degrees. Some Norwegian people may not know any British people. Some Norwegian people may only know British people that they dislike but might like some other British people if they met them.
Can English understand Swedish?
spoken swedish will be virtually impossible for an English speaking person to understand (apart from the fact that everyday swedish is riddled with English words and expressions which you are likely to pick up, but then lack context for).
Mutual intelligibility is difficult to assess. Yes: Old English and Old Norse had similar roots. They both emerged from Proto-Germanic, and shared many words, even though Old English was already in the West Germanic group and Old Norse in the North Germanic. By the 8th Century, each had gone its own way to some extent.
Norwegian and English both descended from the now-extinct Proto-Germanic language, so they have a common ancestor somewhere down the line. Likewise, French and Spanish are descended from the now-extinct Vulgar Latin, so they are basically sister languages to each other as well.
Scandinavians speak English well because it’s very similar to their native languages. The similarity includes not only related vocabulary, but also grammatical structures.
What language is closest to English?
The closest language to English is one called Frisian, which is a Germanic language spoken by a small population of about 480,000 people. There are three separate dialects of the language, and it’s only spoken at the southern fringes of the North Sea in the Netherlands and Germany.
Which Nordic country speaks the most English?
The Nordic countries are famous for their English speaking skills and the next four countries on this list are all from the Nordic region. First is Denmark with 4.8 million English Speakers, about 91% of the population speaks English as a second language.
Territories of the Norsemen is the most accepted way of recognising the Scandinavian countries which includes Finland, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the Faroe Islands. Scandinavia is a term used for the area shared by Norway, Sweden and the part of Northern Finland.
Is English closer to German or Norwegian?
No, German on the whole is much more closely related. Aside from (personal/possesive) pronouns it might just even be thé most closely related language to English; often surpassing Dutch and Frisian.
Why is Danish pronunciation so weird?
As people in Copenhagen feels superior they want to speak differently than other Danes, so they change their pronunciation. As Copenhagen sets the norm other Danes will follow. The result is a rapid change of pronunciation. This means that most Swedes can read Danish but have difficulties to understand spoken Danish.