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Swedish word of the day: jajamensan

Do you like learning Swedish? Jajamensan! Image: nito103/Depositphotos

Published: 16.Nov.2018 15:32 hrs

Jajamensan looks slightly ridiculous written down, but it's one of those words that helps you sound much more Swedish once you learn how to deploy it.

Basically, it's a very long and slightly peculiar way of saying yes (ja). 

It's not that strange if you know a bit about Swedish linguistics, as regular readers of this column will do. The Swedes are big fans of doubling up words and saying thinks like hej hej and tack tack. This kind of repetition can be used for emphasis or a change in tone – in these two examples, it makes the statements slightly more enthusiastic. 

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