Re: German - Dutch - Scandinavian Mutual Intelligibility
I have never had the chance to watch Dutch TV, but what I can tell from Dutch texts, I think that it is possible to understand oneself with person from the other country. I can understand some written Dutch, but I believe that I wouldn't even understand the gist when a native Dutch speaker speaks fluently. If he make an effort and speaks slowly, and I make an effort to understand him, we will be able to communciate, at least to some minor extent, as you said.
Originally Posted by tvdxer
I would not say that most German speakers can understand Dutch. I daresay that this is not the case for Dutch speakers who try to understand German. Most of the Dutch can even speak German, whereas just a little percentage of all German could speak Dutch.
Can most German speakers understand, at least to some minor extent (not with full fluency, of course) spoken and written Dutch? Can the Dutch do the same with German? How about Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish? I think that might be a stretch, but they seem to speak a language more similar to German than English.
It is much more complicated with Danish, let alone Norwegian or Swedish. There are some words that look like "wrong German", but I don't think that we can understand ourselves. When I was in Sweden, I comversed with them in English.
Wer keine großen Dinge vollbringen kann, tue kleine in großem Maße. — Free translation of Napoleon Hill's citation —