Video: Swedes untangle the untranslatable
29 Jan 2013, 14:31
Published: 29 Jan 2013 14:31 GMT+01:00
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As English is such a rich and wordy language, you'd surely think there is an English-language equivalent for any Swedish word there is. Right?
Well, not necessarily as our recent list of ten more Swedish words you won’t find in English demonstrated.
So we took our list to the streets of Stockholm with a video camera, and even though we'd already deemed our list of words to be impossible to translate, our interviewees displayed sparkling creativity and some interesting suggestions as we challenged them to prove us wrong.
Could the word for "the day after tomorrow" be "doublemorrow", as someone suggested? Perhaps.
Could a 70-year-old man with a gym in his own house find a simple way of explaining "träningsvärk", the ache in your body after a solid workout? Maybe.
But is "hen", a Swedish word meaning "he or she", another word for chicken? No, definitely not. And not shicken either for that matter.
Confused? Well, check out the video below.
Still hungry for more Swedish words that don't exist in English? Why not check out The Local's original video challenging Swedes in Uppsala with nine untranslatable Swedish words.