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"Mannen och kvinnan äter middag."

Translation:The man and the woman are eating dinner.

November 17, 2014



Middag seems to be a weird word for something you eat in the evening :O


Middag used to mean lunch but the meaning has shifted to mean dinner. But in many parts of Sweden it still means lunch.


Funny: it happened the same in French with déjeuner which was breakfast (and still is in Canada and Belgium for example) and is now lunch.

EDIT: Well in fact it seems same thing happened in English. dinner was originally the meal of eaten around noon...


In Germany the word "Mittag" still really is lunch. :-)


as a German native speaker, middag not meaning lunch confuses me a hell lot


Right. This shift has happened in multiple languages. When people did work involving lots of physical labor they needed to eat their largest meal of the day around noon, in the middle of the workday. Furthermore in some cases the word which used to mean breakfast has shifted to mean the meal now eaten around noon.


It has not in Mexico's spanish, the main meal "comida" (food) is around 2pm and has around 2 hours alotted, power nap included. "Cena" (dinner) is very light and very late ~8-9pm. Unitl afew decades ago most people were farmers.


Love the plot twist.


In Catalan "dinar" means lunch and I've always wondered why in English "dinner" meant dinner and not lunch. It's interesting how languages change.


In English "dinner" means either the evening meal or the midday meal, depending on where you're from and what generation. It means the biggest meal, which varies culturally.


Yes this is correct. That is why Sunday dinner means the meal right after church, or why Thanksgiving dinner is often eaten at the time lunch is usually served. In English, dinner means the main meal of the day.


In the American South a lot of the older folks eat /v used to eat breakfast, dinner, and supper. That usage appears to be slowly fading among the younger ones, who eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Yes! Thank you. Dinner and supper are, for this Californian, interchangeable, but I know I've come across it. Supper sounds so... yummm soupy ;-) which might indicate a lighter meal! :-)


Yes, I think it is name of the main meal. And before, when all men were workers and their wifes were at home, all men went home at noon to have their main meal. Now, everybody brings a lunch box or eat in a restaurant and have their main meal when they get home from work in the evening.


Agreed. I'm suspecting it really means lunch but obviously I'm not one to say.


Yeah.... what is lunch if not something you eat around midday? Confused!


I think the word for lunch is the same as the word "lunch" in English, just pronounced a little differently. Don't quote me on it though!


Yes very odd. This is going to be confusing with danish...


Sadly it not just this that is going to be confusing with Danish...


Middag also exists in Danish, meaning a fancy or formal dinner.


It seems really hard to understand the voice and language. It sounds jumbled. It could be just me. Or is it just the voice speaking TOO fast? I mean, I don't like to use the slower version because I feel I should LEARN the language as is. But this seems ridiculous.


Sounds OK to me as a native, perhaps a tiny bit slow. Try not to get disheartened and keep practicing! Your brain and ears will tune in to Swedish with enough time and exposure. :)


Thanks! A native speaker telling me this is helpful.


Swedish sounds truly musical to me, even though understanding speakers is the hardest part of studying the language. I've been thinking to study Swedish by going through the lyrics if songs of Kent and Veronica Maggio for example. Cannot say this about German and Danish. I am Bulgarian.


Clarification please: is middag the mid-day/noon meal or the evening meal in Sweden? In some parts of the U.S. "dinner" is "lunch" and other parts "dinner" is "supper".

Likewise, if I'm in Sweden and I ask for "middag" what time of day would I expect to eat?



It depends :). For most people it is the evening meal (they have "lunch" at noon). For some people (old people and/or people in the countryside), it is the noon meal (they have "kvällsmat" in the evening).

Btw, I see that you are studying Danish: "kvällsmat" is like aftensmad.


Thank you. That helps.


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Swedish is such an interesting and flamboyant language! I love it!!


"Middag" actually means 'noon' in Dutch.. Kind of confusing lol.


Even more fun: until about 60 years ago people in the Netherlands used to eat their hot meal around noon. Probably the same happened in other western and northern European countries.


OK... Breakfast is the first meal of the day. That's why it is called break (the) fast.

ps: GRR Martin also used it in his Ice and Fire.


Yes, but some people don't eat at all until after 3pm. I just don't call that breakfast anymore, even if they haven't eaten yet. Of course, some restaurants serve breakfast all day long.


Interesting. May I ask where do you live?


California, what about you? People here work all kinds of hours. If you don't get up until noon or 2pm, I don't necessarily assume that you were partying all night, you could have been working the graveyard shift. Hey, even the swing shift would change my schedule. Yet, I know students that don't eat until school is over at 3pm also. Not too healthy, but they just aren't hungry before school and won't take the time at lunch from their socializing!


It certainly sounds like LA or some where. I live now in Chengdu (southwest China) for college, but I am from northwest China Xi'an. You can google the map if you want. Am pretty sure that there ARE some fancy night lives out their, but I believe an overwhelming majority people in inland China eats a normal three-meal-per-day diet.


Interesting! I never thought about the meaning of breakfast, but I know that it is like that in Spanish (desayunar = to have breakfast).


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Middag in Dutch is still called "middag" aka noon, the time when people eat lunch. This is very confusing, especially since Middag in Swedish used to be lunch :/


"Middag" in Dutch is from 12:00 until 18:00 hour.


Why not boy and girl I think they are not so bad to not get dinner so mean for parents.


Just like English, Swedish has different words for man and boy and for woman and girl. If Duolingo had meant the boy and girl, it would have said pojken och flickan.
Of course the children can go out for dinner next time, but not this time. ;-)

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