"Jag köper böcker."

Translation:I am buying books.

December 22, 2014

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Is the k in this pronounced like a soft "sch"? Still trying to get the hang of k in Swedish!


sounds like "i am "shopping" books"


Only if the K is before Ä, Ö, E, I, J, Y that I can remember


Why is the translation for "Jag koper klader.", "I am shopping for clothes" is correct but "Jag koper bocker.", "I am shopping for books." wrong?


As Zmrzlina explained in another comment here, to shop is generally shoppa in Swedish. So it shouldn't really be accepted anywhere, but it might have been added in some places anyway. I don't think it hurts so we're not going to weed it out but on the other hand don't expect us to add it everywhere either.


To me, saying "I am buying books" and "I am shopping for books" are similar enough for me to think of them as synonymous.

On the other hand, I suppose since the heart system is dead and gone [at least, I think it is; I only Duo on my phone these days], it no longer feels as bad to be marked wrong for something. If you're technically correct, but still marked wrong in order to teach the lesson, that's probably better in the long run.


Yeah, this is one of the borderline cases I think. One could probably argue either way. I just think adding or removing these doesn't feel nearly as important as some of the other things that should really be cleaned up in our tree.


"I'm buying books" means for me that I am now at the cash register to pay them. "I'm shopping for books" means for me that I go to several shops to look for books, and maybe go home without buying any books.


always report inconsistencies like this. The mods can't always fix problems if you don't report it.


does köper also mean shop?


As in buy, yes. Although for going shopping as a leisure activity, the verb shoppa is used. Peculiarly, the word has gotten the sje-sound and it is thus pronounced /ɧɔpa/.


I always remember "köper" because my friend once said he was going to "cop" something, which apparently meant "buy" wherever he is from.


Cop usually means steal


In UK you can say I am shopping for books which in my mind helps me to remember the verb, which shounds like shopping. Is this Swedish verb the source of the English 'to shop'?


So buying and paying are 2 different verbs

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