"Min faster är min pappas syster."

Translation:My aunt is my father's sister.

December 2, 2014



far (father) + syster (sister) = faster (aunt)

December 2, 2014


That's what makes Swedish family words so excellent! :D

December 2, 2014


Indeed... Swedish is brilliant that way! It has the most clear, short familial words in all the languages that I know... Smart!

December 4, 2014


Japanese does this a lot, too, with kanji. I love it!

June 8, 2015


"Papa's" is not an accepted translation of "pappas." Shouldn't it be?

January 3, 2015


We're sticking to father or dad in the course.

January 3, 2015


Good to know. Tack!

January 5, 2015


I had a fault for putting dad here

May 14, 2016


Probably something else that went wrong. When this kind of thing happens, it's best to report it via the Report a problem button. If you do post in the forum, always write the whole sentence you put.

July 3, 2016


Faster really interests me. I like the obvious Father's Sister compound, but beyond that it sounds like the English word "foster." Foster parents, foster home, etc. Maybe this word originated from earlier languages where it was custom to give the children to the father's sister in case the parents couldn't tale care of them. I'm going to look into this.

January 17, 2015


Nope, completely unrelated. "Faster" is derived from "father's sister", whereas English "foster" comes from Old English fōstor (food, sustenence). There's a Swedish cognate of "foster" spelled the same way meaning "fetus" http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/foster#Etymology

April 4, 2015


If it means "paternal aunt," isn't this sentence redundant?

January 28, 2015


Yes, but this is an early lesson teaching the fundamental meanings of vocabulary like this.

July 19, 2015


I wrote: 'my paternal aunt is the sister of my dad'. In theory it should be accepted... was it marked incorrect because I didn't use 'my dad's sister', or because 'paternal aunt' is not one of the accepted meanings?

August 22, 2018


Is far a synonym for pappa or is it just a leftover from an older languages? German has cognate words for both, but Vater (the te got lost in Swedish like in broder -> bror) is more formal than Papa. If both can be used is there a similar difference in Swedish?

November 16, 2018


How would one say "aunts" - fasters?

November 30, 2018


Fastrar or mostrar.

December 27, 2018


How would one say, "I have many aunts," including both sides of the family? Is there another word? Or would one have to say, "mostrar och fastrar"?

December 11, 2018
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