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SWEDISH WORD OF THE WEEK: WORD #124

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WORD #124:
BJÖRNTJÄNST (common gender/en-word, pl: björntjänster)
1. something with a well-meaning intention that is thought to help but actually hurts

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Alma_Tadema
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bear-service?

1 year ago

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devalanteriel
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Yes. It's from a fable by Jean de la Fontaine, The Bear and the Gardener. :)

A gardener befriends a bear and teaches it to help him in the garden. One day, as the gardener takes a nap, the bear tries to keep the flies off his face, but struggles to get rid of a really pesky one and decides to kill it with a rock. Unfortunately, this also kills the gardener.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jakrbean

I also thought this! Haha!

1 year ago

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Could you give an example sentence with that word? Thanks! :)

1 year ago

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"Det vore en björntjänst att göra läxorna åt sitt barn."

1 year ago

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Tack sa mycket! :)

1 year ago