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Swedish "effektiv": Is it "efficient" or "effective/actual"?

My swedish/german dictionaries translate swedish "effektiv" as german "effektiv" meaning english "effective" or "actual".

That is something very different from "efficient", which is what duolingo uses as translation.

Scratching my head...

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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Since I wasn't sure about the difference, I googled and found this definition:
efficiency - doing the thing right
effectiveness - doing the right thing

So if you run really slow but in the right direction, you are still effective, I guess :)?

If this is the case, then "effektiv" (Swedish) definitely means "efficient".

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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The basic difference is that when something is effective it produces the desired effect. When something is efficient it produces the desired effect with little waste of time or energy.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBorkBorkBork

Wait until we tell them about the word performant, which implies something is sufficiently effective, efficient, fast, and responsive, while producing correct results. Some say it's jargon, but it gets used frequently in the computing sphere. It sure saves a mouthful.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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We actually use effektiv for both "effective" and "efficient". This is one of those words that very, very frequently get mistranslated by Swedes into English. :) But I don't think there is a good word for "performant" yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W
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Välpresterande? Seems unneccessary to loan or coin a new word.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HelenCarlsson
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Prestandig :)?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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I wouldn't mind that. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBorkBorkBork

Performant is French, so I don't see why Swedish couldn't borrow it, too.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
devalanteriel
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Me neither - I meant that I don't think there's a term for it in active use yet.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
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It's a new one on me, but I'm retired. Actually, it does sound rather like jargon, but then one generation's jargon is the next generation's standard terminology. Is it the equivalent of "does what we want just fine"?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MarkBorkBorkBork

Basically, yes. With half the syllables. (:

3 years ago

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Well, that is efficient! :)

I bet management loves using "performant."

3 years ago
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