"En öl"

Translation:A beer

November 19, 2014



There's a difference between en öl and ett öl. En öl is a glass (ett glas), a stein (en sejdel) or some other unit of beer intended for consumption. The kind of thing you mean when you ask for "a beer" in the bar. Ett öl is a kind of beer, like in "this is a good beer" or, [insert your favorite brand here] is a good beer.

December 10, 2014


sounds like it is important for me as a german to know :P

March 12, 2015


This still doesn't make sense to me, could someone try to reword it?

April 27, 2015


If you're speaking about a glass of beer, you say en öl. If you're speaking of a type of beer, it's ett öl.

April 27, 2015


this one is better to understand : )

May 8, 2015


Could you make a sentence where you use en öl and ett öl? Tack så mycket :)

March 24, 2019


Thank you

August 28, 2016



July 28, 2017


So if your trying to order a specific brand of beer you have to say Ett öl (insert brand), tack ????

October 5, 2017


You don't really order a specific brand of beer, you'd always order a glass (or similar) of a specific brand of beer.

October 5, 2017


As I understand it: "give me a beer" = "give me (en öl)" whereas "choose a beer" = "choose (ett öl)".

January 13, 2018


It is a very good explanation. Thanks!

November 4, 2015


For me also no sens

December 18, 2018


Jag vill ha en öl, ett perfekt svensk öl!

January 31, 2019


vill with two Ls; en both times; otherwise perfect. :)

January 31, 2019


And thanks for correction of vill, with one L comes to my mind from norwegian :-) Tack så mycket!

January 31, 2019


But as I understood Arnauti if we talk about type of beer it would be ett öl, wouldn't it?

January 31, 2019


Yes, but the way your sentence goes, nobody would think you didn't mean the one beer you asked for. :)

January 31, 2019


A-ha, make sense!And for example If I say "Spendrups is the first beer I drank" It would be "Spendrups är den första ölen jag drack" or "Spendrups är det första ölet jag drack"?

January 31, 2019


Either is fine there, really. I'm not even entirely sure what I'd prefer myself. The only thing I'd change is är to var.

January 31, 2019


I remember ol becuase it sounds like ale.

December 25, 2014


Does it? Kind of sounds like oil the way mine says it.

December 29, 2014


Das Öl {eurl} in German means "The oil".

February 20, 2015


Yeah, does it count as a correct option?

January 1, 2015



August 11, 2015


I remember en öl because it is almost identical to the Danish equivalent: en øl.

August 15, 2015


Icelandic/Swedish öl, Danish/Norwegian øl, Dutch aal (as in beer) and English "ale" all come from the same word, Proto-Germanic *alu (beer). That makes it easy to remember, although German Öl comes from a different word altogether. [2019/05/06]

May 6, 2019


Whoa, "ol" means "die" in Turkish and it has two dots on "o", as well (Turkish keyboard not working, sorry) I feel like I get death threats whenever it says "ol" :D

February 23, 2015


So, does "Jag dricker öl!" make me seem edgy?

January 13, 2016


Just makes you seem like an average northern European.

June 17, 2018


I feel the same way lol :D

September 18, 2017


What are some of the most popular beers associated with Sweden? Also do you make disctinctions like ales, lagers,etc..?

January 16, 2015


Yes! Norrlands guld is the only one that comes in my mind straight away, but there must be others. And we call them by name like "Carlsbergs", "Heineken" and others. You can also order "En stor stark" it means a big glas with strong beer, kind of, but it's probably about the % in the beer anyway you will get what the bar has in there tap at the moment.

January 28, 2018


So is there a distinction between ale and beer?

May 23, 2015


Ale is a type of beer

June 17, 2018


So whats an ale?

December 4, 2015


Actually it's en ale.

August 28, 2016


If you order an ale (=En ale) in sin instead of a beer (=En öl), you will get an ale, which is a type of beer. Same in English. You can google the difference.

June 17, 2018


"in Sweden", not "in sin" lol. Can't edit posts on phone

June 17, 2018


Is "öl" pronounced like: El or Eol?

November 19, 2014


It’s sort of like ”e” but with a rounded mouth. Similar to the ”u” vowel in British English ”fur”.

November 19, 2014


Yeah, like "uehrl" or irl as in "whirl"

April 14, 2016


When i went to sweden, i have heard " olen tack? Is it correctly?

May 15, 2018


In Estonian means "ööl" in the night ☺

November 22, 2015


Do you really say a beer? Wouldn't a stein of beer or some beer make more sense???

November 22, 2014


I know in English people often say "I'd like a beer" or "Want to go have a beer?"

December 9, 2014


This might differ depending on the type of English you speak. In American English, "a beer" sounds totally normal, and the phrase,"Would you like me to grab you a beer?" is said several times a week in my household. ;) Conversely, most English speakers outside of America seem to say "an ice cream," whereas that sounds odd to Americans (we don't consider it countable).

December 10, 2014

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    To have a beer or even a few beers is totally normal in British English (and in Britain ;-)) as well.

    December 11, 2014


    I say an ice cream all the time. it's not odd to me. like at Cold Stone, I'll ask my mom if I can get ice cream or an ice cream

    January 15, 2015


    about the ice cream, you might want to give your input on this comment: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5829572

    December 11, 2014


    Though I agree if one were talking about the liquid it wouldn't be the most correct English, they're probably implying that it's some kind of container that holds beer, such as a stein or a can.

    November 28, 2014


    Typed "enole" and it's correct... Okay...

    December 22, 2018


    Haha, nice. What's happened is that Duo will allow one typo per word, as long as that doesn't turn the word into another actual word. So the lack of space counts as a typo towards en, and the extra e counts as a typo towards öl, and it thinks ö and o are close enough to not count as typos. :)

    December 22, 2018
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