Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Fika Coffee and cake break with friends or colleagues Swedish food friends
Nja Combining no (nej) and yes (ja); neither yes or no (or both yes and no); expressing uncertainty. Swedish measurement
Palla To steal fruit off trees Swedish funny action food
Surströmmingspremier The first day of the year where it acceptable eat rotten herring. Swedish food event
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
Resfeber Travel fever/bug; the feeling of excitement and nervousness experienced by a traveller before undertaking a journey. Swedish travel physical
Hinna "To find the time” or “to be on time” Swedish time
Jumpa To jump from one floating piece of ice to another Swedish physical nature
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Tretår A second refill or “threefill” of coffee Swedish measurement food
Dygn Day and night; 24 hours Swedish measurement
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Harkla The little coughing noise one makes, often before giving a speech or dislodging a piece of cinnamon bun from their throat Swedish action
Vabba To be at home with the kids Swedish family
mångata The roadlike reflection of moonlight on water Swedish nature beauty
Mysa Can mean "cosying up" or "to snuggle", but in braoder sense, it means to "have a nice and relaxed time" Swedish happiness time
Lagom Not too much and not too little Swedish measurement
Kulturbärare Lit. culture-bearer or culture-carrier; a phenomenon (e.g., person or idea) that upholds a culture and/or moves it forward. Swedish culture
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
Buksvåger Literally means "abdomen brothers-in-law"; used for two men who have slept with the same woman Swedish physical
Mysig To describe anything with an unexpectedly relaxing vibe Swedish positive
Njuta to deeply enjoy, to profoundly appreciate. Swedish positive
Livsnjutare Someone who loves life deeply Swedish love life beauty

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