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"De spelar."

Translation:They play.

February 4, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JacobLoMenzo

Difference between leker and spelar?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

Spela is what you do with games, musical instruments or sports, leka is what children do when they play around.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jxxmxxj

Is "spela" also what an actor does with a role?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jxxmxxj

Ohhhh — of course! That's why it's "skådeSPELAre"! :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

Correct! skåda means to behold, but it's not really in modern use any longer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/johananwahlang

what about the notion of playing as in manipulating or deceiving?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

That works too. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZelvaCZ

I wonder if spel/spela has something to do with Finnish peli/pelata. Sounds reasonable, considering that Finnish often removes a consonant at the beginning of the foreign word if there are two.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

According to wiktionary, they're related, but the page also points out that whoever added the information didn't put in any sources. So... possibly, I guess. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JustSeiyin

is there a difference between spelar and leker?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

Yes, please see the top comment chain. It had been deleted apparently, but I undeleted it so that it can be read. :)

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