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"Hur känns det?"

Translation:How does it feel?

January 5, 2015



This sentence is famously memorized and repeated by every Swedish sports reporter in every athlete interview in Swedish history. Win or lose, the question is always the same!


Oh, I was thinking it would be used by a Swedish masseuse.


Like a rolling stone


To be on your own


No direction home!


is used to show whether someone feels good or bad, and it cannot describe emotions. Känna sig is used to show emotions more specific than words that mean "good" or "bad." Here are some examples: Jag mår dåligt (I feel good/well.) or Jag mår fantastiskt! (I feel fantastic). is usually used with bra, dåligt, or words that mean basically the same thing (such as fantastiskt). Here are some more examples: Jag känner mig trött (I feel tired) or Jag känner mig glad (I feel happy). So, long story short, use to say whether you feel good or bad, and use känna sig to say how you feel in a way that is more related to your emotions or not meaning good/bad.


It's also worth noting I believe må can be used by medical professionals, when you go see your doctor they might say "hur mår du" and they're asking what's wrong with you (i.e. what brought you to see the doctor). Just thought I'd throw that in for some extra information about må :)


Why is it "jag känner mig glad" and not "jag känns mig glad"? I thought it said in the notes at the beginning of this lesson that these verbs that end in 's' are unchangeable and always end in 's'?


Where are these notes I have seen mentioned? Jag hittar inte dem. Tack!


Open https://www.duolingo.com in a browser. Click on a lesson. Click on the lightbulb icon that pops out of the lesson. It'll take you to something like this: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/sv/Verbs%3A-Modal/tips-and-notes


Right in front of me and i never noticed it before! Thank you!


känner sig v.s. känns? Can someone explain how they are used? Thanks :)


känner sig is reflexive, it is about the feeling a person has, what someone feels like in
Jag känner mig glad – 'I feel happy' (I am experiencing this feeling)

känns is used for describing how something feels to someone else. Rummet känns kallt - 'The room feels cold' – it's not the room that experiences the feeling.

This is a deponent verb, read more about them here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6094592


I'm guessing it's the passive voice. It's not literally asking how "it" feels, it's asking how is it felt. For instance, let's say you're trying on a pair of shoes, and someone asks, "How do they feel?" The shoes aren't doing the feeling; the shoes are being felt. So it's really like they're asking, "How do you feel (with the shoes on)?"

Does that make sense? Of course, I could be wrong, but this is my guess. Confirmation from someone who knows would be good.


It's not a passive verb, but something close: a deponent verb – that is, a verb that has the s form, but not a passive meaning. Read more about those verbs here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6094592


Ah, I see. Thanks!


So would "Hur känner de?" be correct for "How do they feel?" [about something/a situation]?


That might work, but given context I'd often opt for another choice. It's hard to say without a specific situation in mind, though.


KännsBraMannen Wait, why is 'man' definite?


No idea really. Swedish always uses the definite when speaking to someone like that - grabben, tjejen, etc.


Blå måndag är en bra sång.

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