swedish

  1. M

    Swedish inflections

    Curious to know why especially when some Swedish ladies speak, they place such a heavy sing song emphasis on certain words especially the phrase "Va då" as if something has really upset them, or is there some other reason say regional accents ?
  2. D

    Swedish: How is SVAMP related to 'swamp'?

    I find myself intrigued that the word svamp in Swedish but also in other Scandinavian languages is cognate with other words in German, Dutch and English which carry the meaning of 'swamp', 'marsh, and 'fen'. Is it possible that Scandinavians used to find and gather mushrooms and toadstools round...
  3. e2efour

    Swedish: Nog ända

    Är det någon som kan förklara uttrycket "nog ända" i följande text? "Det bästa numret jag såg på China, sade jag, var nog ända Zig & Zag. Helt fantastiska! De uppträdde som gift par, men jag har hört att de var syskon." (Hans Alfredson, Lagens långa näsa, 1983) Är meningen nog ändå (probably)?
  4. Kajeetah

    Swedish: deras

    Hi everyone! Is there a way to tell if "deras rum" here is the Finnish girl's room or the Swedish guys'? (in a hotel) "De var på väg hem till Finland men de bekräftar att de "umgicks" med två svenskar på deras rum." Thanks a lot! :)
  5. F

    Swedish: gå på ett visst ställe

    Hi, I'm starting to learn Swedish and I came across the expression "gå på ett visst ställe" as a way to say "to go to the toilet". I wonder if this is a common expression in daily Swedish and if everybody would understand what I mean if I use it.
  6. Kajeetah

    Swedish: igår

    Hi, I need to check something with you. These lines are from the series Rebecka Martinsson. The scene takes place in Kiruna. Nelly is a teenager who was waiting for Sven-Erik, a policeman, at his place, to tell him something. NELLY: Har du jobbat sent idag? SVEN-ERIK: Ja, jag var till...
  7. LMatt88

    Swedish: the ones

    Hey everybody, I intend to write "these (people) are the ones that know where it is". Would "de som" work out here? "De är de som att vet var det ër" Thanks!
  8. kokoro_mo

    All Nordic languages: lockdown

    Hello, with a couple of friends, we're trying to establish a list of expressions that name in respective linguistic communities the current security hygienic "dispositifs". It's pretty evident that the use is rather arbitrary and "improper" from the point of view of the internal sens of the...
  9. rocknrollelena

    Swedish: Upphandlare hos en offentlig myndighet

    Hejsan! Jag försöker översätta detta till engelska: "Hon jobbar som upphandlare hos en offentlig myndighet". My try: "She works as a ?purchaser? in a ?public authority?". I'm not happy with this translation at all! Någon som kan hjälpa mig? Tack!
  10. GabrielH

    Swedish: Jag känner mig/ jag känner mig själv

    Hello folks, I'm learning Swedish and I would like to know which is the correct way to say "I know myself". Can I just say "Jag känner mig" or should I say "Jag känner mig själv"? Thanks!
  11. O

    Swedish: tanterna

    I am translating part of a Swedish crime novel and one sentence uses the word 'tanterna': 'Sibylla såg på tanternas kroppsrörelser'. Would a word like 'hag' be suitable in English, or would a more neutral phrase such as 'old woman' be more appropriate? Thanks!
  12. M

    Swedish: till + endings

    I've often wondered why the prefix "till+ending" appears so often in Swedish with many different meanings such as "tillförlitlig" meaning reliable and say "tilllhöra" meaning to belong to among many others. Are there any comparisons in English ?
  13. rocknrollelena

    Swedish: reda i oredan

    Hello everyone, I speak Swedish and I'm familiar with the expression, but now for the first time I have to translate it in a text and I'm having problems. Could you help me? The sentence is: "Reda i oredan blev det inte förrän 1960..." My try: "It wasn't until 1960 that the mess was...
  14. G

    Swedish: rottrådarna

    Hello, folks! :D For days, I've been trying to understand the meaning of the following sentence, the second part specifically: "Inget verkar ha tagits bort, utan bara byggts på, så att man känner rottrådarna tillbaka till stålets, kolets och teglets ursprung". I guess that rottrådarna should...
  15. K

    Instruction in Swedish

    For a short research assignment I am looking for native Swedish speakers who would take a look at the following two fragments. They are excerpts from an instruction on how to arrange a couch, and I would like to know whether these fragments sound natural to native speakers, or that it is very...
  16. V

    Swedish: Omvänt bokning / återbokning

    Hi, does anybody happen to know what "omvänd bokning" might mean in the following sentence (invoicing system manual): "Följande ruta kommer då fram, där man anger i vilken period som den (interim voucher?) ska återbokas, normalt bör det bara vara att klicka OK. Detta kommer då att skapa upp en...
  17. A

    Swedish: försökte förvirrat

    I'm confused about what these two words mean when they occur together, particularly förvirrat. I'm unsure whether it's acting as a verb or an adjective in the following sentence: Jakob försökte förvirrat vifta bort solen ur ögat. Is this "Jacob tried to pretend he was wiping the sun from his...
  18. Pocahontas van Merteuil

    Swedish : writing and pronouncing the date : 2nd = den andra?

    Hi! It's me again, the beginner in Swedish. I just posted a thread about questions I had about the use of andra. I have another one, it's about how you use it to say or write a date. Am I right learning that to say "Monday Dec 2nd" in Swedish, you will say and write "måndag den andra december"...
  19. Pocahontas van Merteuil

    Swedish: Andra/andre = second or other

    Hi everyone! I'm a beginner in Swedish. I was trying to get my head around the terms andra/andre, annan/annat. I have two remaining questions to which I haven't managed to find the answers. 1. How do you know whether andra/andre means "second" or "other"? For example, in the following sentence...
  20. R

    Swedish: Sen somnar bäda tva bums i kanalen!

    Sen somnar bäda tva bums i kanalen! (I want to know if it is an idiom and what it means. Literally: Then both immediately slept in the canal
  21. Setwale_Charm

    Swedish/Norwegian: a survivor

    Heisann! Vad heter "survivors of sexual violence" och "survivors of sexploitation/trafficking" paa svenska och norska? Tack.
  22. M

    Swedish: ringt <med> en vän idag

    "Jag ringt med en vän idag." I immediately understood this example of med as usual as "I rang with a friend today" because it's the word "med" that's always confused me into thinking it means "with". So could "Jag ringt en vän idag." be used instead....?
  23. V

    Swedish: Till och med

    Hi! I am lost in the following sentence: "Anmälningarna om bevakning finns tillgängliga för granskning från sista dagen för bevakning till och med och sista dag för Anmärkning." What confuses me is the "till och med och sista dag". Does it mean that the anmälningarna are available from the...
  24. V

    Swedish: Bevakningsförfarande

    Hi all, could anyone please explain to me what "bevakning(sförfarande)" means in the following sentences: "Konkursförvaltaren har bedömt att det kan bli aktuellt med utdelning i konkursen. Domstolen har därför beslutat att genomföra ett bevakningsförfarande." "Uppgift om det totala belopp som ni...
  25. risingmoon

    Swedish: Beslutad den... / Utkom från trycket den...

    Good night. I need to translate both expressions into Spanish. They are in the cover of an ordinance published in 1994: "AFS 1994:1 Utkom från trycket den 23 mars 1994" and "Beslutad den 26 januari 1994" My attempts: “Aprobada el 26 de enero de 1994” (approved on January 26th 1994) and...
  26. Kajeetah

    Swedish: slåtterkoja

    Hi! What's a slåtterkoja exactly? Like a small barn? Thanks in advance!
  27. Kajeetah

    Swedish: rak treliterssexa

    Hi it's me again with my Swedish TV series to be translated into French "[...] 250 hästar med en rak treliterssexa" Does rak here means direct injection? This part doesn't appear in the English translation I've got. Thanks in advance!
  28. L

    Pronunciation of använda, uttala, etc

    Dear to all, I wish to know how to pronounce some Swedish compound verbs such as använda, anlita, påverka, etc. My question is that: since these words are compounds, they have two stressed/long syllables which stand next to each other (stå intill varandra). I learned from a book that if one...
  29. Kajeetah

    Swedish: Originalmössan

    Hi! I have trouble understanding the "original" bit here. Dialogue from a TV series, a policeman who knows everything about everything describing a hat from an evidence box: "Originalmössan. Handstickad. Bred...bred invikningskant här. Det var ju Stenmarks kusin Barbro som designade den."...
  30. M

    Swedish & Norwegian similarities

    By chance I found a web page a couple of days ago called "My Languages dot org slash norwegian" about practising reading Norwegian and was very pleasantly surprised to be able to understand about 60-70% of it straight off, as I'd always had problems understanding spoken Norwegian. Is it the same...
  31. Perseas

    Swedish: öppet köp vs bytesrätt

    Hello, A small dialogue between a customer and a shop assistant: -Har ni öppet köp? -Självklart. Vi har öppet köp i två veckor och bytesrätt i 30 dagar. What is the difference between "öpet köp" and "bytesrätt"? I thought that both mean "the right to exchange", but it seems that this not the...
  32. M

    Nå, hur gick det, undrade han nyfiket

    In the sentence "Nå, hur gick det, undrade han nyfiket" I'm wondering if the sentence would also be correct in Swedish "han undrade nyfiket" as it's like saying "wondered he curiously" in English, never being sure when writing in Swedish which one to choose ? Thanks
  33. M

    "what is his line of work ?"

    I'm reading an interesting Swedish book about the war years and only just noticed after about 20 pages that there are no inverted commas at all in the whole book when someone is speaking. For example instead of as in English "what is his line of work ?" it starts instead with just a dash...
  34. Silverc

    standard written Swedish is the most conservative Nordic language on the Scandinavian peninsula

    I am Italian, but long interested in Nordic languages, whereof I have a general knowledge (some working knowledge of Swedish, in particular, but I can read and get some conversation of also the other languages on the Scandinavian peninsula) - I dare to say that, formally, standard Swedish has...
  35. M

    Spoken Swedish....

    This might well have been asked before but why do some Swedes always finish some sentences on a rising high note, especially amongst ladies that almost go off the end of the high scale ? It certainly livens up Malou Efter Tio no question....:)
  36. alibey71

    Swedish: Urks

    Hi, Swedish friends. Can you help me to understand the swedish word "Urks" The context is here: "In the manufactured ground found underlying the industrial city of Norrköping (population 120,000), for example, Swedish technol-ogy scholar Björn Wallsten estimates that there are fully...
  37. risingmoon

    Swedish equivalent of "National Board of Occupational Health"

    Good evening. I need to translate the name of the thread into Spanish, but you can answer me in English. The name of the institution is found in the following paragraphs of the article by Leymann and Gustafsson Mobbing at Work and the Development of Post-traumatic Stress Disorders (1996): “In...
  38. Jimmy_Chappie

    Swedish: Önskefe

    Hi everyone I’m reading a Swedish book in which a character writes a letter. The letter begins ‘kära önskefe...’ Please can someone tell me what ‘önskefe’ means? I haven’t been able to find a translation of it. Many thanks!
  39. M

    Good examples of colloquial Swedish....?

    I'm still looking without any luck for some good examples of colloquial Swedish which don't make much sense in English, when I found this one "Sitta med skägget i brevlådan" which sounded not only odd but somewhat painful "sitting with one's beard in a letter box" as I can't think of any...
  40. G

    Swedish: enligt ovan

    Good night. I'm sorry that my Swedish is not good enough to write in this language. I'd like to know the meaning of "enligt ovan" in the following sentence: "X bemöter email enligt ovan" This is an item from a list of facts regarding some legal proceedings. An email is mentioned above, but I'm...
  41. Perseas

    Swedish: pris (declension)

    Hello, I am interested in the declension of the noun "pris". Actually it's about "Nobelpris", but I assume that they have the same endings. According to this online dictionary there are these forms: pris, priset, pris, priser, prisen, priserna. So I think: pris -->Singular: obestämd form...
  42. W

    Swedish: Da stiger sangen fra Din frelste brud : Takk, gode Gud

    Hello everyone! Some time ago I discovered that "How great Thou art" saw the light in sweden as Å, Store Gud! I'd like to sing along (a little bit like a parrot, I'm afraid, not knowing any Swedish) with the Hege & Gunnar Bordevik version. I could not find the translation of the following...
  43. M

    Swedish regional accents

    I enjoy listening to "Malou After Ten" on YouTube as I've no problem understanding what she's saying, but I have a lot more difficulty with all the others which gets very frustrating. Anyone know what her accent is called and where can it be watched and listened to elsewhere ....? Thanks
  44. Perseas

    Presens futurum: ska + infinitiv

    Hello, In a book of mine the chapter's title is: Presens futurum: ska + infinitiv. And an example: Vi ska gå på bio på lördag. My question: Is "ska+infinitiv" really present tense with future meaning? I thought it was like the English "I will + infinitive" which is just future. Thanks in advance.
  45. Perseas

    Swedish: Var god vänta

    Hello While waiting for the translation of a Swedish word from an online dictionary, I saw this message: "Var god vänta!" I know that "Var god vänta!" is used to express "Please wait!", but what is the literal translation? My guess: "(It) was good to wait". Thanks in advance.
  46. Perseas

    Swedish: den studievana eleven

    Hi all, This sentence is from a book for Swedish learners: "Materialet har en snabb progression och är tänkt för den studievana eleven i och utanför Sverige." I couldn't find "studievana" in the dictionary, but I think it's an adjective here. My understanding of "den studievana eleven" is...
  47. onitamo

    Swedish: Ni slutar

    Hej , Hur kan jag säga Ni slutar.. menas ni slutar skola ? är det rätt: You finished?
  48. R

    Swedish: Gå undan och göra det

    A line in a movie: A medical student is visiting her boyfriend who helps her with learning for the test. She wants to leave and study at home. The boyfriend says: "Men om det är med pluggandet och så där så finns det verkligen tid. Vi kan gå undan och göra det idag." My suggestions: "We can...
  49. R

    Swedish: Då går jag in... så.

    A line in a tv series: "Jag har ju läggning för det (i.e. matte). Det där naturvetenskapliga, det logiska tänkandet, det kommer helt naturligt för mig. Alltså de okända domänerna - hjärnan, rymden - det vi egentligen inte kan omfatta, det känner jag att jag har tillgång till på nåt sätt. "Vad...
  50. M

    difference between Swedish blomma and blomster

    In my dictionary I see for flower the Swedish words blomma and blomster. Are these synonyms or is there a difference in meaning (or style) between these words. I see that in Danish there is only blomst.
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