"Tårar är bara vatten."

Translation:Tears are just water.

January 19, 2015

28 Comments
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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lesliewilman

Apart from being chemically untrue, this remark devalues the pain or joy, the stress and the love which tears involve.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lambertsimnel

FWIW, I enjoy the challenge of translating untrue sentences. If you know a sentence is true before you translate it, you might translate more easily by using your general knowledge as well as your language skills.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Auramyst

FWIW? Also, why would you say it's easier?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

FWIW = for what it's worth

It's typically a lot easier to translate a sentence you know is true, simply because you can disregard huge amounts of information. For instance, if you're in the colours section and you see a sentence that starts with "swans are usually", you could probably fill in "white" without needing to think at all. But if you know that some sentences are meant to be tricky, you may expect other solutions such as "green" or "pink", which forces you to consider more alternatives.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SunnySundquist

Colours? I sense a British influence there. Cheers!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

Yes, I tend to use British English mostly. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AxonnEchysttas

One of the meanest sentences here. As another commented: Duo the cynic


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/___j___

Lacrimal glands do not need feelings to operate. When any foreign body gets in an eye, tears will be shed without any need for drama.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pekarekr

Slicing onions stimulates the tear glands. Nasal/sinus congestion can affect the tears. Also, the basic components of tears are: Water. Electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, magnesium, and calcium). These are what give tears their salty taste. Proteins (lysozyme, lactoferrin, lipocalin, and IgA). The tears have only about one-tenth of the protein of the blood plasma. Lipids. Mucins. Thanks to kris650042 for this link: https://www.verywellhealth.com/what-are-tears-made-of-3421862


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rdpw94
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Och salt!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Glennebanan

Is this an old Finnish saying?

(Kidding, of course.) :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nikozilar

Sounds more like an 80s hit song title to me!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skyjo77

Cynicism/The lack of emotion sends its regards.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ErixTheRed

I only just realized that we were talking about tears and not tears. Darn homographs.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/historicbruno

Should have received this sentence after losing my 200+ day streak lol


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tsuj1g1r1

That must have been disheartening, so I'm ever more glad to see you're back on track! Have these lingots for your perseverance!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomMiddle

Every time I fall asleep and wake up after midnight my first thought is, "Is my streak intact!?" Terrifying thought after spending the better part of the last year building the streak, right? I'm over 300 days currently and I'd probably throw my phone if I lost it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devalanteriel

I don't know, I respect that people think differently, but it's just a streak. I wouldn't be too upset if I lost mine. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/itatane

Wow, Duo the Cynic.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Allison23215

Is it a line from a movie or song?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hope658664

Not that anyone else cares anymore but yes it is from a story and I recognized the line:

“Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” ― Brian Jacques, Taggerung


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tsuj1g1r1

Thanks for sharing, Hope!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LyckligCyklop

That's really nice. I hope others see this comment.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KalmanFarkas

i love these oddball sentences :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tsw1920

Is this an expession?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hope658664

Here is your answer everyone:

“Don't be ashamed to weep; 'tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.” ― Brian Jacques, Taggerung

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