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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #68

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WORD #68:
MÅNGATA (common gender/en- word, pl: mångator)
1. when the moon reflects over the water and looks like a road

June 21, 2016

8 Comments


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

Beautiful in both sound and meaning! I love words that have something to do with the moon, they always sound very pleasant. In my opinion, the moon is simply lovely.

June 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ashton_M_02

What a beautiful word! Swedish is a beautiful language, and one I am excited to focus on someday! :D

June 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuncanHill0

That's rather lovely - the sort of construction one would find in the Sagas or in Old English poetry.

June 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcinM85

It's indeed very beautiful. It reminded me of the Turkish word "yakamoz", which also means the reflection of moonlight in water.

June 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/t.tuli

Is there really no English word or phrase for it? In Finnish it's "kuun silta", bridge of the moon.

June 22, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DuncanHill0

I really can't think of anything quite like it in English. After I read it I found a couple of lines of the poem "The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes kept popping up in my head, and when I re-read it I found the line "The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor" - I think the closest we get to it. I would love to use "moon-road", "moon-way", or "moon-bridge", to describe the reflection of moonlight on water though.

June 22, 2016

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

Nice one! So what comes next? Midsommarstång? (Or maybe that's already included in the course, I don't remember.)

June 24, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Super-Svensk

That's an excellent suggestion! Definitely something with Midsommar!

June 24, 2016
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