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"Arbetar du?"

Translation:Are you working?

January 15, 2015



No, I'm broken :(


Sorry, that doesn't work in Swedish... it's "work" as in "perform a job", not as in "function".

Also, I hope you get better!


Haha okay. Thanks ;)


Could this also be "Do you work?" (as in "Do you have a job?")


Yup, that works. Most people would probably use the synonym jobbar, though.


Nej, Jag lär mig svenska


What if I want to say "work"?


Noun: "Work" = "Arbete".
Verb: "Work" = "Arbeta".


This reminds me of the English "arbiter," which is a weak comparison but it was enough to help me guess the correct meaning!


The German "arbeiten" is also very similar to that


I used to incorrectly translate it to judge because of this.


A bit unrelated, but no conversation option on another exercise:

Can someone tell me the difference between har and ha meaning "has/have"? I don't think I was ever introduced to the ha variant and had to deduce the correct answer by elimination.


It's not an has/have distinction, actually. The form ha is the infinitive and the form har is the present tense. In English, these two are the same for the most part, but you can see the difference in third person singular.

  • Jag har en boll = I have a ball
  • Hon har en boll = She has a ball
  • Att ha en boll = To have a ball


So, for questions like "Are you doing (XYZ)", you just switch around the subject and the verb? If there was a direct object, would it be something like "Äter du mat?" or "Talar du svenska?".

Also, how would you ask "Are you (XYZ)?" in terms of adjectives, not verbs? Would the subject and the verb (in this case, är) get switched around like before? "Du är glad" into "Är du glad?"?


Yes, exactly like that. :) You may find this thread useful: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8970470


Another question: Is the pronunciation of the "ar" at the beginning of "arbetar" pronounced somewhat like the American English R sound? Because it sounds a lot like it to me.


The American R-sound is generally pronounced with the tip of the tongue a little farther back along the roof of the mouth, as compared to the Swedish R. They're quite similar though.


In Swedish how do I distinguish the question "are you working" as in "are you performing your labor at this moment" versus "do you work" as in "do you have an occupation/job"? because those two sentences do mean different things in English. Is this something that is only distinguished contextually?


Though this phrase can technically mean either, we usually say har du ett jobb? for the latter meaning.

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