Words That Don't Translate

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Word Definition Language Tags Audio
Lagom Not too much and not too little Swedish measurement
Mysig To describe anything with an unexpectedly relaxing vibe Swedish positive
Pålägg Anything that you can put in a sandwich Swedish food attribute
mångata The roadlike reflection of moonlight on water Swedish nature beauty
Blunda To close your eyes. Can be used literally or figuratively; refuse to see something. Swedish action
Nja Combining no (nej) and yes (ja); neither yes or no (or both yes and no); expressing uncertainty. 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 cultural
Solkatt The glimmer that reflects the sunshine off a wristwatch Swedish physical beauty
Eldsjäl This noun is literally ‘fire-soul’, but the actual meaning is ‘enthusiast’ or ‘driving spirit’. Swedish strength
Hoppilandkalle Guy who jumps to dry land to moor a boat Swedish action
Hinna "To find the time” or “to be on time” Swedish time
Gökotta To rise at dawn in order to go out and listen to the birds sing Swedish nature beauty
Pulsa To walk laboriously in snow. Swedish physical nature
Mambo Someone that still lives with their mother Swedish family persistence society
Livsnjutare Someone who loves life deeply Swedish love life beauty
Tjäle Ground frozen hard, beyond the point where digging is possible Swedish physical nature
Vabba To be at home with the kids Swedish family
Njuta to deeply enjoy, to profoundly appreciate. Swedish positive
Mysa Can mean "cosying up" or "to snuggle", but in braoder sense, it means to "have a nice and relaxed time" Swedish happiness time
Fika Drinking coffee along with eating something sweet Swedish food society
Dygn Day and night; 24 hours Swedish measurement
Jumpa To jump from one floating piece of ice to another Swedish physical nature
Palla To steal fruit off trees Swedish funny action food
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

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