This contradicts the ancient Swedish saying "ät gul snö, det kan vara öl!"
It's hardly an "ancient Swedish saying," but I have heard it from multiple people so it's definitely not a phrase I made up myself. :)
Because I thought of Frank I immediately typed "Don't eat the yellow snow" and got marked wrong, because the phrase uses the indefinite form snö. Oh well....
In fact, I'm afraid I'll never get this one right for the very same reason. :)
I wish I could give lingots for particular phrases to their inventors :))). this one is to go along with the famous cat's milk and dog's food, if you know what I mean :))
There's a tumblr dedicated to duolingo's hilarity. Its well worth a look.
I was going to finish the course and then say it, but Frank Zappa and yellow snow made me do it now. I've done several courses on Duolingo, this one is the best I've seen.
my first Swedish friend kept repeating this phrase :D I still don't know why, but now he's obviously not alone in Sweden!
Yellow snow? Some of you seem to know what this means - I haven't the foggiest.
Thanks! I'd only vaguely heard of Frank Zappa. As for dogs in the snow - here in the south of England it never stays around long enough for anything to unrinate in it. Not since 1963, anyway. Klimatet blir warmare!
I find it hard to tell the difference between ett and ät personally. Anybody else find that?
Yes, this sentence is in the indefinite. The definite would be Ät inte den gula snön.
Could someone help with imperative vs infinitive? Some of them are the same and some are with final vowels dropped like Ät - Äta, Läs - Läsa. Some of them are the same Titta - Titta. It's hard to predict which ones. Do they just have to be learned individually?
The basic rule is that you drop the -r if the present ends in -ar, and you drop the -er if the present ends in -er.
That covers most cases, but for some verbs - mostly the really common ones - there are exceptions which I'm afraid you'll need to learn by heart.
Oh, no! Now I can't stop listening to that old Swedish party song. Better than Frank Zappa. :-) “Ja, både pudlar och gamla mufflonfår springer runt i drivorna och lämnar sina spår. Snön är ju bra på alla sätt, men det är djurens toalett. Ät inte snö som blivit gul, ät inte snö som blivit gul, för snö som är gul är inte kul, ät inte snö som blivit gul.“