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" Mitä te syötte? Salmiakkia."

Translation:– What are you eating? – Salmiakki.

July 8, 2020



Licorice is made from the root of the licorice plant. Salmiakki, on the other hand, gets its taste from ammonium chloride (NH4Cl). So not the same thing, even though they taste a bit similar.


I have no idea what "salt liquorice" (and, by extension, salmiakki) is. I've never heard of it.


It's common in Scandinavia and Finland. Weirdest combination ever. I remember being given some as a present (like chocolates), I was rather offended. It is repulsive.


It's an acquired taste. Plus some salmiakki tastes good, others are just like gnawing on an old tire. But lakritsi is the best. If you get the chance, try Kouvolan lakritsi. It tastes so good! Nam!


If you have an Ikea anywhere nearby, most Ikea's have a little candy shop by the snack stand after the checkouts. They usually stock one or two kinds of salted licorice. You can usually weigh out as much or as little as you like, but with covid precautions they've been pre packing the by weight candy in assorted sized containers.


Why not translate as salt licorice


For the same reason you call it a baguette and not french bread


Salty liquorice maybe, but not salt liquorice since it often doesn't even have salt. The salty taste comes from ammonium chloride, also known as salmiac.


Well, technically, ammonium chloride IS a salt, just not table salt (sodium chloride). So that name wouldn't be entirely incorrect... :)


For the same reason that water processed til brown through roasted, ground beans is called coffee or something extremely similar pretty much everywhere coffee is made.


I think "salty liquorice" should be accepted. When you read the English text from any package of salmiakki candies, you can read those words. Most salmiakki candies contain liquorice root as an ingredient. And if you don't live in Finland and want to find something like salmiakki from the supermarket, then you do look for the words "salty liquorice"


Delicious. I acquired the penchant for it whilst living in the Netherlands


When is mikä used instead of mitä?


Mikä is used for the subject. As in 'Mikä syö salaattia?' "What is eating the lettuce?"

Mitä is often used for the object of sentence, as in 'Mitä te syötte?' There, te is the subject, mitä the object.

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