"Min mamma är läkare."

Translation:My mother is a doctor.

December 26, 2014



Why is it with 'a' in English and without 'en' on Swedish? Doesn't Swedish need an article here?

January 12, 2015


In Swedish, with professions and similar things, you usually don't have an article (when saying someone is this or that).
He is a lawyer. = Han är advokat.
She is a Muslim. = Hon är muslim.

However, when you're using words like this more figuratively, you add the article.
He is a clown. = Han är clown. = It's his job.
He is a clown. = Han är en clown. = He behaves like clown

Also, if you add an adjective, the article appears again:
She is a good lawyer. = Hon är en bra advokat.

January 17, 2015


This is the same as in Spanish ... they also don't use the indefinite "un" or "una" for professions ... Mi madre es doctor is the correct translation of this sentence.

March 16, 2015


same for french

April 12, 2015


That's how i related this to Spanish as well!

May 14, 2015


It’s the same in German: He is a doctor would translate to „Er ist Arzt“.

April 14, 2015


Just as in Dutch, 'My mom is a doctor' would translate to 'Mijn moeder is dokter'.

March 20, 2017


so we can say 'en' is also used as 'like', right?

August 16, 2016


Does the finnish word "lääkäri" come from this swedish "läkare"? Is it a loanword?

February 11, 2015


It is most definitely a loan word, though i am not sure from where to where. Because it is almost identical to the Russian word Лекарь, which is pronounced very close to "Lekarj". The most used Russian verb "to heal (someone)" and the only Russian word for medicine have the same root, which suggests to me either that the word is slavic in origin, or has been loaned into Russian a long time ago.

February 11, 2015


In Swedish, läka means 'heal', not as in heal someone but as in 'a wound heals'. Hellquist's etymological dictionary says the origin is disputed, either it's said to be something old Germanic, some say it has Celtic origin. There are also some speculations about Sanskrit words that it may be derived from. At least it seems to be agreed that it's Indoeuropean and not Finnougric.

February 11, 2015


These here https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9B%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%8C https://ru.wiktionary.org/wiki/%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BA%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%8C basically confirm the "disputed origins" thing: the root of the word was known in old slavic and is still being used in many slavic languages, however it seems to be either of gothic (lekeis - doctor) or old germanic (lēka - medicine) origins.

May 14, 2015


Hm... That's interesting. I agree that it's Indoeuropean rather than Finno-Ugric. It's probably present in Finnish due to Finland being under Swedish rule in the past, maybe? I don't know about Russian, though.

February 11, 2015


Probably, yes. There's a good handful of Swedish loanwords in Finnish and to a lesser degree vice versa.

February 24, 2015


Well, Swedish has borrowed their word for 'boy' from Finnish! Has to be quite significant.

March 23, 2015


Russian probably has to do with the Varangians.

March 3, 2016


Same as serbian 'lekar'

December 20, 2017


Could this be used for anyone with a phd or is it just for medical doctors?

March 24, 2017


Läkare = medical doctor. Doktor = PhD

April 9, 2017


I thought mor = mother and mamma = mama.

May 21, 2015


Well, that are the literal translations, but in the most contexts they are interchangeable.

September 1, 2015


And do Swedish people use the word mamma more often, than an English speaking person would say Mom (as opposed to mor and mother)? Because I was wondering, too, why is mamma here so often translated as mother instead of just using the literal translation.

November 2, 2018


The way I remember the word doctor is because docters give care and läkare :v

August 14, 2016


wow in bulgarian läkare is "lekar" and its pronounced by the same way

October 15, 2017


I've got a question concerning the gender of "läkare" (and the other professions as well): I understand that it is used both for female and male doctors. In German there is "der Arzt" for male and "die Ärztin" for female doctors (although many anti-feminist would ignore that and use the former for both). Is such a distinction possible in Swedish? Or do swedish native speakers really imagine female and male doctors to the same percentage when hearing "läkare"? Tack så mycket!

December 19, 2015


Swedish chose the opposite path to German – we try to use the same form for everyone in a profession, regardless of gender. So there's only one word for läkare. There is also only one word for 'nurse', sjuksköterska, this is one of the very few words that have a traditionally feminine form, which is now used for all genders.
In some cases there still exist older, specifically feminine forms, like författarinna 'female author' and lärarinna 'female teacher'. (there never existed a female form like that for läkare) However, using these forms is in no way feminist in a Swedish context, instead, it is old-fashioned and possibly anti-feminist.
The -are ending is in principle gender neutral so there's no real problem with that one. There are some words ending with -man, which are seen as problematic to a certain degree. So while many people still say riksdagsman 'member of Parliament', the more correct way of phrasing it is riksdagsledamot (gender neutral).

December 19, 2015


Thanks Arnauti! Your answer helped a lot - it's always interesting to learn about such things... (and I still do not believe my french teacher who told me that there is nothing like inclusive language in France...). Really, learning a language is always like discovering a related, yet new world!

December 19, 2015


Thanks! I love the really detailed answers you and the other moderators provide! It really helps with knowing how words are used and what impression they might give. I also find the bits of historical information fascinating.

Duo seems to use both skådespelare and skådespelerska. Would you say both words are in common use still? I feel that actress is quite rapidly going out of favour in English and it's getting more common to hear about female actors.

May 23, 2016


Yes, I'd say both skådespelare and skådespelerska are in use.

May 23, 2016


Tack :-)

May 23, 2016


What is "Dr. (name)" {Title} in Swedish?

May 28, 2019


Good for her$

March 7, 2018


Shouldn't 'mom' be accepted here?

May 1, 2018


My mom is a doctor.

January 20, 2019
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