Kaereste appears in several exercises and the English translation is given as "girlfriend" in each case. The correct, generic translation of this common Danish word is "sweetheart." If the gender of the sweetheart is known then "girlfriend" or "boyfriend" may be properly used as an English translation. In some contexts "lover" would also be an appropriate translation though "elskede" or "elskerinde" are Danish terms that would more likely be chosen in translating "lover" into Danish. As with all translation context dictates choices among alternative word choices.