I am a little fuzzy on the distinction between anbefale and foreslå. Can someone help me understand the suggest/recommend distinction?
Recommendations (anbefalinger) are based on experience and knowledge and are given to narrow down the possibilities as you might get just one, suggestions (forslag) are to give people options to consider when making their decision, so getting more than one will be normal.
To recommend = å anbefale -> Å befale = to command. Broken down like that it might be easier to remember that a recommendation is a gentle command (one you can turn down)
I don't feel confortable with the use of 'can you' here. Somehow I feel that 'could you please' would be more natural. Native English speakers, what do you think?
Can you and could you both sound natural, it just depends on whether you're at, say, a liquor store versus, say, a nice restaurant.
Anbefale is cognate with English 'feal' (to hide, to, original meaning to entrust, confide, bury, conceal).
Nor. Anbefale < Ger. Enpfehlan < Int- + Felhan.