Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Fika Coffee and cake break with friends or colleagues Swedish food friends
Pulsa To walk laboriously in snow. Swedish physical nature
Kulturbärare Lit. culture-bearer or culture-carrier; a phenomenon (e.g., person or idea) that upholds a culture and/or moves it forward. Swedish cultural
Pålägg Anything that you can put in a sandwich Swedish food attribute
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
mångata The roadlike reflection of moonlight on water Swedish nature beauty
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Resfeber Travel fever/bug; the feeling of excitement and nervousness experienced by a traveller before undertaking a journey. Swedish travel physical
Nja Combining no (nej) and yes (ja); neither yes or no (or both yes and no); expressing uncertainty. Swedish measurement
Mysig To describe anything with an unexpectedly relaxing vibe Swedish positive
Dygn Day and night; 24 hours Swedish measurement
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Badkruka Someone who refuses to enter a body of water. Eg. Get in the lake you badkruka, or am I going to have to pull you in by your beard? Swedish funny nature explore
Tretår A second refill or “threefill” of coffee Swedish measurement food
Gökotta To rise at dawn in order to go out and listen to the birds sing Swedish nature beauty
Linslus Someone who always wants to have their face in a photo. Literal translation: "lens louse" Swedish society
Mysa Can mean "cosying up" or "to snuggle", but in braoder sense, it means to "have a nice and relaxed time" Swedish happiness time
Hinna "To find the time” or “to be on time” Swedish time
Njuta to deeply enjoy, to profoundly appreciate. Swedish positive
Skare A thin layer of ice on top of snow Swedish physical nature
Eldsjäl This noun is literally ‘fire-soul’, but the actual meaning is ‘enthusiast’ or ‘driving spirit’. Swedish strength
Tjäle Ground frozen hard, beyond the point where digging is possible Swedish physical nature
Harkla The little coughing noise one makes, often before giving a speech or dislodging a piece of cinnamon bun from their throat Swedish action
Solkatt The glimmer that reflects the sunshine off a wristwatch Swedish physical beauty
Lagom Not too much and not too little Swedish measurement

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