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How in the world do you express excitement?

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Every word that the internet says can mean excited doesn't really mean excited. They pretty much all mean agitated, it seems. Which is not quite the same thing.

I've asked several natives and none of them can think of a way to say excited other than "jag ser [intensifier] fram emot ...". Apparently neither spänd nor upprörd nor upphetsad nor any other words that I have found actually mean excited, even though most sources say that they do!

How can there be no word for what is a fairly basic emotion?!

2 years ago

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devalanteriel
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There are several reasons for this. One is that the enthusiasm sense, which is the most common one, doesn't have a definite 1:1 correlation in Swedish. Another is that the word has several senses, and there's no good one in Swedish that corresponds to all of them. And another is that while you can say "excited" in perfectly normal English sentences, it's a bit harder in Swedish to lose the sexuality subcontext unless you're talking about a clearly non-sexual being.

Depending on what sense you're after, I'd typically opt for another construction. For instance, I might choose ser fram emot ("looks forward to") for "is excited about", which better conveys the feeling.

There are a few exceptions. For instance, if you actually do mean the sexually aroused sense, then upphetsad is fine. And if you're e.g. talking about dogs flailing around brainlessly, then upphetsad is a perfectly suitable word as well.

2 years ago

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Lol, "flailing around brainlessly" is my new favorite expression :)

2 years ago

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A very informal expression that can work for expressing that you are excited is "peppad på", which I guess would be roughly translated to "psyched about". This is usually used for activities, not objects, so you could say "jag är peppad på att köpa en ny telefon" but not "jag är peppad på min nya telefon". I very much doubt that this expression is considered valid in Duolingo, though.

2 years ago