"Duersygihovedet!"

Translation:You are insane!

4 years ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Brighton2

I have heard you are "sick in the head in English" enough that it seems perfectly acceptable to say about mental illness. I think saying "you are sick" would have more of a connotation of very abhorrent behaviors than mental illness.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Drew961687
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I wouldn’t consider it an acceptable way to refer to mental illness. Someone I would refer to as “sick in the head” actually wouldn’t be mentally ill but an evil, manipulating, scheming [bleep]. The kind of person who takes perverse pleasure in causing others misery. That is someone who is sick in the head.

10 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RyagonIV
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Which makes it a good translation for the Danish sentence, though. :)

"Syg i hovedet" is more about being a psychopath/sociopath than about.. um, other mental illnesses.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Bookmole

Would it not be acceptable to say 'You are mentally ill'? This would be a fact in England. But 'You are insane' would be more like an insult.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/epac-mcl
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No. When Danes say, "Du er syg i hovedet", it is normally meant in an insulting way, either friendly or hostile. The translation of, "You are mentally ill", would be, "Du er psykisk syge", amongst others.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HuibRenes
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This is my kind of Danish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JE_Taylormade

English isnt Danish. The different phrases arent expected ro gave a 1:1 correlation

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidSchmi952575

Insane in the membrane ...

1 week ago
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