Trivia: in Swedish (and in Danish), any place far, far away is called Långtbortistan in Donald Duck comics, and you can use it in regular conversation, too, since it's so well known. :)
jag har en fråga (inte för kursen i svenska): are you fluent with these skill levels in all those languages?
No, Duolingo alone cannot make you fluent. It's an excellent start but you won't be anywhere near fluency just by doing Duolingo.
do you have any tips to come at least near fluency without spending money on an app each month?
Honestly, the best answer I can give is to find people with whom to practice, preferrably natives.
Intressant! We have a very literal translation of that in Dutch (verweggistan) so this word will be easy for me to remember!
Långt bort answers the question vart (to where), and långt borta the question var (where).
Yes, "Vart ska du?" is correct since "vart" indicates a direction and "ska" can be used to mean "go".
"Var ska du?" is an incomplete sentence since "var" indicates position. You would have to add another word to make the sentence complete.
For example, you could say "Var ska du sova" - Where will you sleep?
It's always "Vart ska du?" if you want to ask "Where are you going?"
The important thing to know here is that "var" is used for position, and "vart" for direction.
In words like 'bort', adding an 'a' or other similar changes at the end signifies being at rest, while keeping the word unchanged means there is movement.
For example, 'Jag ska gå hem' means 'I will go home' (movement), while 'Jag är hemma' means 'I am at home ' (stationary)
'Hon gick långt bort' means 'She went far away' (movement), and 'Hon är långt borta' means 'She is far away' (stationary)
Hope this helped!
No, "han är bort" wouldn't work since "är" describes a position. You would have to use a motion verb with bort, such as "åker" or "springer".
Be careful though, "att gå bort" means "to die" in Swedish
"Han är borta" could be translated as "He is away".
Oh, right, because borta designates "where", and bort designates "to where". Gotcha :)
So report it then? :)
Edit: I'm not a contributor again, a few months later, and have added it.
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Maybe this is just me and my crappy English, but why is not "Long gone" accepted?
long gone means that something has been gone for a long time, so that doesn't work. I'm not quite sure what long away means or how often it is used.
If someone has departed recently but with great speed, an inquirer after their whereabouts could be told they are "long gone." It's much more colloquial, but in terms of common usage, I don't think it's necessarily wrong; the "long" would just refer to distance instead of time. Perhaps it's too fine a hair to bother splitting.