Study the language in the North

If you decide to study, live or work in one of the Scandinavian countries, without the knowledge of the languages ​​of Northern Europe, you can not do.

 The languages ​​spoken in the Nordic countries? First of all, in Swedish, Danish, Icelandic, Norwegian and Faroese languages. Swedish, Danish and Icelandic close. Their common ancestor - Old Norse - existed in the Viking Age. The basis of the Danish and Swedish dialects formed its eastern and western dialect formed the basis of the Norwegian language. But the similarity of their strong today.

 As a result of the colonization of the Norwegians Iceland and the Faroe Islands were born Icelandic and Faroese languages. This happened in the IX-X centuries. From the continent, these languages ​​are significantly different due to geographic remoteness. Icelandic like Old Norse, while the Faroese combined the western Norwegian and Icelandic dialects.

Sometimes refer to the Scandinavian languages ​​and Finnish, but, strictly speaking, it belongs to the Finno-Ugric language group. Finnish language - one of the most complex and archaic in Europe. Affixes, case endings in it in abundance. Same vocabulary combines the one hand, original words, on the other - the words borrowed from the western Indo-European languages.

The main difficulty in the study of Scandinavian languages ​​is phonetics. The fact that most of the letters here and there are several options for reading. For example, to send a letter to the j sound in Swedish, there are seven ways. Difficult for our ears get used to the finer points in the distribution of stresses. The stress tone - almost like the Chinese. The same sound, depending on how it is pronounced long or short, can radically change the meaning of the word. For example, the word in modern Swedish, spoken with a different accent, would mean "fashion" or "mother."

But the grammar of the Scandinavian languages ​​much easier. True, it is worth noting two things: definite article is added to the end of a word + is a synthetic form of liability, which is formed by adding the verb suffix-s.

Specialists say that you can learn the basics of the language already in three months.

It may seem that the study of Scandinavian languages ​​- employment not at all - why, because there is an international English. But sometimes the knowledge of these languages ​​is a professional necessity. For example, in the near future will take up the study of Norwegian and Finnish, Russian border guards serving in the Murmansk region. And one of the main challenges posed by today before the northern border, is just training - today all Russian border guards have to learn the languages ​​of countries neighboring regions in which they serve.

In addition, due to the complete transition to contract service in 2010 in the border troops will serve only to officers and non-commissioned officers. This means that the rank and file of contractors who serve on the border, will be sent to study in universities.

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