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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Lost in Translation - Swedish Words with Much Different Meanings in English

Wait a minute, before you start thinking I've gone completely wild upon my move to Sweden...read on!

Just the other day in my Swedish language course, my teacher informed our class that we were in Group 7.  There was a group 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7.  Kind of strange that there was no Group 6 right?  It might help you to know that the Swedish word for 6 is "sex", therefore, the administrators feared that all the Americans and Canadians might take it the wrong way, if on our first day of class they announced to us: "WELCOME TO GROUP SEX!"  Or in Swedish: "Välkommen till grupp sex".....And so....there is no GROUP SEX in my school.

Yes Sweden is liberal, but not SOOOO liberal! Amsterdam maybe?

I've discovered some other Swedish words that probably mean different things to you English speakers!

1. SLUT-  Walking past the storefronts to some of the nicest shops in Sweden in the summer you can find the word "SLUT" written across the windows in bright red, massive fonts.  What the heck I remember thinking....but this word actually means something like "End of Season/End of Year Sale" in Swedish...so all is well.

2. Infart = entrance
photo credit:  Alex de Sousa

3. Utfart = exit

4. Kock = Chef/Cook

Have a similar experience from a country you have visited? Leave the words and english meanings in the comments field below!

Peace!
Brandi

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