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What did you say? by humon What did you say? by humon
Ah, the languages of the Nordics.

Few people realize this, but Norwegians actually speak a language that is far closer to old Danish than Norwegian, while people on Iceland actually speak something close to old Norwegian.
Little FennoSwede is holding on to his uncle Finland because FennoSwedes are Finns who speak Swedish.

Though, you could really just say Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and to some extend Icelandic (But not Finnish) are nothing more than different dialects, seeing as we understand each other if we talk reeeeaaaaly slow and clear.

And it will of course never not be funny how some Americans treat British like a completely different language. :XD:
Sure, some words are different and it’s a different accent, but try coming to Europe. We’ll show you what “different language” means. ;)
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sin-and-love Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017
On top of that, what scholrs refer to as old english has more in common with modern german.
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sarajevos-soul Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
when people learn in america that i speak french you will not believe what sort of things spew out of their mouths…..
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dragonwings90 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Uh.. like what? (just curious)
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sarajevos-soul Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Student General Artist
just ridiculos stuff, very sterotypical things. i am sorry for the spelling errors!
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dragonwings90 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, it's fine ^^
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elmsi Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
I speak Icelandic and Danish and because of that I can basically understand Norwegian and Swedish when it's written or spoken slowly and clearly.

And the reason Icelandic is so close to old Norwegian is because of the isolation.
My history professor studied in Norway and his teacher was sometimes frustrated whenever he gave his students some ancient text to translate and it only took him a minute since it was basically Icelandic.
Not many people can read the ancient texts of their people as well as Icelandic people can. 
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Edited Nov 16, 2014
Um, well not really. Most people don't treat it differently at all. In fact, many Americans and British are really surprised when they discover that there are some HUGE differences they should learn.
"Knock up"
British: Stop by to say hello
America: Impregnate
"Fag"
British: cigarette
American: vulgar term
"Pissed"
British: Angry
American: Drunk
"Napkin"
British: Female product
American: Paper towel

--and that is only to name a few without going on forever. But those are some examples of words you wouldn't want to mix up. There are also smaller words, too. Like we use different words for: truck, trunk, hood of the car, rubber boots, eraser, sometimes toilet, french fries, biscuits, etc--but those aren't so major.

But, for the most part, most Americans assume that--apart from accent--the language is the same. I very rarely hear anyone refer to "American English" except in other countries. Most Americans assume English is English--though my Australian friends and I have a fun time exchanging words to see which ones we say differently. :D
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funsizedOtaku Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Student General Artist
XD This is amazing. You forgot "rubber" British: eraser America: condom 
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
lol, true. :D
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TheGredig Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm afraid you have "Pissed" backwards there, it's us Brits who use it to mean drunk and the Americans who use it to mean angry.
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iamSketchH Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014
Oopse, that's what I meant. I wrote them backwards. lol. :D
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Zephyr-Aryn Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014
You have nailed this on the head, particularly about America and British English. I'm American myself, and at my workplace we recently hired a woman that moved from the British Isles. (I should really ask her exactly where she moved from.) She answers the phone and makes calls over the intercom in our store, and I can't believe how many customers I hear complaining out loud that she isn't speaking English. She's such a sweet older lady and I rather enjoy her accent.
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Bubbagisla Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
We in Iceland just speak the language we have always spoken.  We (our ancestors) spoke this language when we moved here from Norway.   That is the reason Icelandic = old Norvegian.
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TrueGrimReaper64 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I'm pretty sure most Americans know we speak the same language as the British. Believe it or not, most of us aren't THAT stupid....most of us.... Except the politicians, we elect idiots to lead us, it's a tradition. xD
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BorealDuke Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Student General Artist
So true😂
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Fridolfk Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have had a hard time to understand different accents even in my own language, but nowadays I've actually learned to hear Norwegian quite good. I don't have to say "what" all the time at least. Unless it's on the phone.. xD And I still can't hear danish.. 
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BlackFireLight Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014
So wait...if America is referring to Britain as his dad...who's his mother? o.O
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FlamingObsidian Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Germany, English is rooted in Germanic languages.
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GoreyWriter Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The three largest groups in America is English, German and Irish so maybe the artists could do can do something like a divorced couple thing or something, though much of America came from Europe so perhaps all of them could be America's family.
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Arachnakid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Probably either France or Spain I would think, France helped us during the Revolutionary War and Spain owned most of the territory we have now.
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TrueGrimReaper64 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
France is Britain's sister. "Britain" is even named after a region of France, Brittany.
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As a German I have a very simple request: Could you please stop using the same flag with different colors? It is very confusing and i find it hard to tell you apart. Wink/Razz 
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DiaSam1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
"Could you please stop using the same flag with different colors?"

Wtf? It's their official, national colours. Deal with it.
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Fridolfk Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm swedish, and our flag sticks out quite a bit from the rest, considering we're the only one with yellow in it (in the nordics of course) but as a kid I had such a hard time to remember which flag belonged to which country between iceland, norway and denmark xD 
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miumi15 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Gah! *brain exploded from all the different languages other than English*
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Ro-heryn Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Well... the part that Norwegian is mor like Danks was known to me (since I started to learn Norweagian) But notheless I greatly enjoyed this one
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Meg-Giry Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your drawings and I actually learn something on the explenations. Like it's great to know if I'd finally decide which of the northen langue I would like to learn, it gives me a headsart for the others. :-)
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deideiblueeyez Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if Norwegians speak something like old Danish...then why aren't they speaking...Norwegian? I don't get it D:
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trisdino Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I know this is a late reply, but the answer is quite simple: For several centuries, Norway was under danish control, while other countries who had taken up Norwegian as their main language were not. 
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Wesad Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
I love it. The Finn is just so unamused and pessimistic and so finnish looking it kills me. And I love how you made FennoSwedes different from us 'cause that's what they truly are. Although Sweden is a viral language the truth is that most of us cannot speak it at all.
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Cosmic-Eevee Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
c:
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KopyTheGhost Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
In Finland you speak both Swedish and Finnish
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Ultermarto Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really? You can all understand each other? But ... but in England we can't comprehend Dutch, or Cymru. All we have ... is SCOOOOTTTTSSSS D':
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PlushieFan57 Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Hehe. This is funny actually.
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Have you seen Hetalia at all? Your Sweden and Denmark are pretty close to the ones in the show. =P
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NekoLadyProductions Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student General Artist
And her(?) Denmark's personality is spot on...
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PlushieFan57 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Totally.

And it seems that Finland hates everyone. Doesn't seem like the Finland we Hetalians know and love. =P
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NekoLadyProductions Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Yeah... More like his 2p!...
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PlushieFan57 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Definitely.
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Neoninja2 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Go to Europe?! PAHAHAHA!! You want a random conglomeration of languages come to my church some time! We've got Russian, Greek, Ethiopian, English, Old Church Slavonic, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Polish, Ukrainian, and Japanese. Good God it's an odd neighborhood. I wouldn't be surprised if a new language pops up because of us.
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aratley66 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013
hehe. iceland is all alone too. and i completely agree on the america thing. we really just speak a really shoddy version of english.
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Ultermarto Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I don't think it's shoddy at all. It gets under my skin when my friends don't shut up about how Americans can't just speak normal English, as if there's some kind of holy English dictionary and we're the ones who own it. Your dialect is fine.
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aratley66 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
thanks man. that's really awesome of you to say.
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cuteUdie Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
((( Though, you could really just say Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and to some extend Icelandic (But not Finnish) are nothing more than different dialects, seeing as we understand each other if we talk reeeeaaaaly slow and clear )))

that is true...
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ShellBelle92 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I thought that other Americans who thought this were ridiculous, until I made a British friend on Tumblr. We can't understand so many other's colloquialisms lol
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A-Dragonborn Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Did you know that the flag you've put on the fennoswede actually is the flag of Skåne in Sweden? :XD:

Great work by the way ;)

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GriffinChimaera Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
I LOVE THIS <3
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THE-StoryMaster64 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Well as an American that has visited Britian, I must say the differences those few "words" can be enough to make one feel like it's a different language... I learned what "mind your head" ment the hard way. :lmao:
I love these comics, sometimes I feel you misrepresent my country a bit, but it's all in good fun. :D However I love the research you put behind these things. :)
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ilove966 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Um. American to American, does "mind your head" mean anything sexual?(actually, just what does it mean?)
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THE-StoryMaster64 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
No! lmao
In America most signs say "watch your step" or "watch your head". Here mind is often used as a synonym for obey, so the signs looked more like they were saying "obey your head" rather than "watch out." Causing a serious bump on the head for me.
Haha such a tourist.
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D0RKGASM Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm American, and therefore speak English, but I find it odd that, unlike most Americans, I can guess what that person is saying sometimes by the spelling, sometimes if the tape is slowed, and can usually tell what the Language is from the person's intonation.

Or if the said person is speaking English with a Norwegian lilt, I can tell where they're from.

German doesn't sound odd to my ears; nor do most foreign Languages. It looks better on paper, too, and English just seems wrong unless spelled in the Queen's English. Yes. I know. I'm odd.
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