"I eat an orange."

Translation:Jag äter en apelsin.

November 28, 2014

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/philallthethings

Apelsin (appel+sina), literally Chinese apple, I assume since oranges came from China. German apfelsine, and dutch sinaasappel also reflect this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DominikLeh2

The german word apfelsine is rarely used,we normally just say Orange(though it is pronounced differently from the colour orange)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

That depends on the region. Apfelsine is common in the north.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DominikLeh2

Sorry,I'm from the south,didn't know that... Well,at least I knew the word existed,I can name a few people I know that probably never heard "Apfelsine"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

My grandmother is from the countryside outside of Kiel, she uses Apfelsine for the fruit but Orangensaft for the juice. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DominikLeh2

Yeah,I've heard "Apfelsine" but never have I heard "Apfelsinensaft" although it apparently exists since autocorrect knows it


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/90skidwithguitar

I did not know that. Thank you so much for this piece of trivia.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/weinglas

i typed ett apelsin and it didn't correct me so i wonder if this is a word where you can use both? do things like that exist in swedish?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

Yes, some people say ett apelsin but they're definitely a minority so I really recommend saying en apelsin.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Franklin13David

E and O are both vowels but for the word ''an egg'' we used ett and for ''an orange'' we used en, plz explain me this, its very confusing


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zmrzlina

Swedish nouns are not divided into grammatical gender depending on vowels, but in irregular fashion. En-words are a lot more common though. But there is no failproof system to figure them out, you have to memorize and practice which gender any word belongs to.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Franklin13David

ok thanx for the reply, it will take some time though :)


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    I looked at the word translations, it said apelsin and orange. I typed orange, it marked it wrong and told me that apelsin is the correct word. I am confused.

    Edit: of course it suggested orange, not organs, that would righly be wrong ^^


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arnauti

    orange in Swedish is only used about the color and apelsin only about the fruit.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/raizanat

    In Russian апельсин (apelsin)...)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lola821252

    Difference between jag and ja? Thanks :)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel
    • ja = yes
    • jag = I

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PariishnaB

    my mom speaks German and she says apfelsine all the time cause her favourite fruit is orange

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