"My aunts like coffee."
Translation:Mina fastrar tycker om kaffe.
Thanks for the explanation! "tante" is just fine in Norwegian, so I wrongly assumed it was the same in Swedish :)
Perhaps that has been the case historically, but it would be very old-fashioned to use it nowadays. ;p
Does 'tant' have a negative connotation? (The Finnish word 'tantta' is a derogatory word for an older woman.)
I don't think anyone wants to be called a tant nowadays, not even women in their 80s :).
I think it's often used in a derogatory sense. I wouldn't want to call anyone en tant to their face.
No, I would say it's more old-fashioned. "Kärring" is not so nice though.
No, I'd say it's gubbe and gumma. These can be used also when talking to children (or dogs): lille gubben, lilla gumman.
As HelenCarlsson says it's not negative per se, but people who don't yet consider themselves old might take offence. (Like, people in their 40s and 50s)
What word do you use when you are talking to a small child and you are referring to an adult female person you don't know? Like in 'Say thank you to the nice <person> for giving you your glove back.' In Finnish we use 'täti' (aunt), but I don't think it's the same in Swedish.
I think I would actually say "säg tack till den snälla tanten...", but only if the woman is old. Most women prefer to be called "tjej" :).
I think it's OK to use if you're a small child. They can call even young people tant and farbror. For the rest of us, I recommend caution :) Usually en dam is a better bet.
Is fastrar used when you're talking about aunts from both sides of the family? Or would you specify "mina fastrar och mostrar"?
You'd say "mina fastrar och mostrar", since faster/moster are specific about the side of the family.
Mina is used in plural situations. Min = en words Mitt = ett words Mina = plural :)
My reply was correct but it was marked incorrect and I can't continue without losing the lesson I have completed. How do I get out of this?
Because "moster" is singular, and this sentence refers to aunts in the plural.
English word "aunt" stands for both faster and moster. right?no difference ?