"The firefighter is slightly more than two meters tall."
Translation:Brandmannen är drygt två meter lång.
One of the options in the multiple choice section was Brandmannen är lite över två meter lång. Is this not proper Swedish? And if not, what is wrong with it?
That is an accepted answer. If you got it as a non accepted answer in a multiple choice question, I think there's some bug.
Why is it not 'långt', when it is 'drygt'? (Maybe I am missing something elementary here)
lång is an adjective referring to the firefighter. drygt is an adverb modifying the adjective.
Doesn't "något över" work as well? Or is "något över" closer to "somewhat" than "slightly"?
We just don't, it's always lång for people. hög about people only means 'high' as in 'high on drugs'.
Yes, you totally can. I wrote that too, I don't know why it isn't accepted. I'm swedish myself, and I see no problem in that sentence.
Please, correct me if I'm wrong.
this is really bad. I wrote "Brandmannen är lite mer än 2 meter lång" and i got it wrong because i didn't write "två" instead of 2. Illa illa (Bad bad)
That's actually really good. You're supposed to be learning what the numbers are called and how they're written in Swedish.
Well, i can live without it since im swedish. Just want to finish the course so i can go on. Although it's harder to do it from a foreign language. Wish they add swedish as a language on the page as well. difficult to learn other languages where you translate between 2 "två" foreign languages :P
That would be nice, yes, but it doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon, I'm afraid. If you're Swedish, I'm sure you'll appreciate that the course is being created primarily for people who do need to learn the word and its spelling. :)
Of course i do ;) But it would also be nice to be able to do everything in 1 test for those who have it as a native language or for those who have enough knowledge in a language. Gives more time to learn other/more languages :) For know i got 16 topics left to do in swedish which varies between 1-8 sub categories. Even if i do the test it out on those it takes longer than just having a "test out all skills" button at the bottom :P
That annoys me too. :) But I don't think that can be affected at course level, it's probably a developer thing.
But you can skip ahead very rapidly by taking shortcuts and tests. That way you only have to take the equivalent of some 10 – 12 lessons to finish the course.
yea this really sucks about the course, like the admins say that you won't learn the numbers if you don't write them out but for example French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish all accept numbers and still people learn the numbers somehow?
ungefär means "about", but drygt means "slightly more". With ungefär the firefighter could also be slightly shorter than two meters.
I usually use the word "brandsoldat(en)" ("fire fighter", or more literally "fire soldier") instead of "brandman(en)" ("fire man").
Technically the firefighters used to be part of the military and the term was changed to "brandman" after it became civil but "brandsoldat" is still commonly used. Personally I prefer it since it is gender neutral, similar to the use of police officer instead of policeman, but can make you sound rather old-fashioned if you use it ;)