"Orkar du?"

Translation:Do you have the energy?

January 20, 2015

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I love Swedish for having such nice and handy expressions in one word :-)


Yeah, it seems that there are some words like this in sweedish, hard to translate literaly


We have those words also in German. 'Att orka' is 'schaffen' in German! :)


Actually I wouldn't say that 'schaffen' equals 'orkar'


Also my father said that 'att orka' means 'schaffen', and he is kind of a Native speaker (although he doesn't speak it well, because he's never lived in Sweden).


I think it's sometimes a good translation, but in many cases schaffen would be klara or klara av in Swedish. Or more colloquially, fixa. It depends on context.


I think it is a fine translation. "Orkar du?" conveys the same meaning as "Schaffst du das noch?" 'Noch' implying that you could not have enough energy left for a given task.

Side note: "Schaffst du das?" can sometimes imply a lack of trust in someones abilities, e.g. "Are you even able to do that?"

Is there a swedish word for that/can orkar be used in that sense aswell?


Yes, klarar like Arnauti said.


In spanish we have "aguantar" Ej. No aguanto más (jag orkar inte)


It's easy to translate literally. It's hard to translate to a single word.


But sometimes a sentence which is just one word in English har på sig... wearing


What with orkar meaning 'to have enough energy' and hinner meaning 'to have the time,' Swedish is so concise. I wish we had handy words like these in English. I suppose that we do have such words, in the sense that we can simply say 'to wear,' rather than something like har på sig, which, if I'm correct, literally means 'to have on oneself' (an article of clothing). Still, such words seem more ubiquitous in Swedish.


I always forget har på sig, thanks for the literal translation because it's much easier to remember!


There are words for "orkar" and "hinner" in Finnish too, "jaksaa" and "ehtiä", and I agree; it's really much more handy!


to say nothing of "tarjeta" ;)


Swedish has the word 'bära' which, among other things, can mean wear. Duolingo does not recognise this for some reason. Example: Han bär hatt – He's wearing a hat.


We generally try to accept that as a translation. I'm currently working through some error reports on those skills, so if you reported that recently, I'll be getting to it soon. :)


Good to hear! I reported one instance of it a few days ago, but then I just stuck to 'har på sig'.


Dutch has 'red je het?" which can mean either 'do you have time?' or 'do you have enough energy?', kind of like 'will you make that?'.


The languages seem to be quite similar in that respect


Would it be okay to ask "Orkar du?" when asking someone to do something? Like sending my boyfriend to the store?


Yeah, that would work: Orkar du gå och handla? very roughly: ’Do you have the energy to go grocery shopping?’ or ’Could you go grocery shopping [implied: or are you too tired?]’


What if it's about asking a NSFW question, for example if there's a couple and one of them asks...


Then Duo would say you should learn that in the wild, not here.


Whoever made this course it is suspicious because it came in a round of "Kiss me" "Feel me" and Do you have the energy"


Ahh... the wild...


NSFW? Is this American? This native English speaker has never come across it.


I didn't know either. UK/US tech writer, but epic fail on the 'internet slang', I guess. ;-) http://www.netlingo.com/word/nsfw.php


Not safe for work. Internet speak


Could I say "do you feel up to it?" In my English (California), at least, this is equivalent to "do you have the energy to do it?". The similar "are you up for it?" would maybe be more "do you feel like/are you interested in/do you have a desire to do it?" (although in my region this would more commonly be "are you down for it"?)


"Orka" can be both about physical energy or mental energy (or ability to eat). But If it is just about willingness, then other words are better. Examples: "Har du lust?" (Do you have the desire [to do it]) or "Känner du för det?" (Do you feel like/for it) I hope that answes your question :-)


I would translate this into English more as "Can you manage?"


That is also an accepted answer. I might prefer to translate it back into Swedish as Klarar du det/dig?


Ah, good differentiation! Thanks Arnauti :)


I nearly put “can you be bothered?”, but I wasn't sure how leanient Duolingo would be. That's generally how people seemed to use it when I lived in Sweden.


Kan man också översätta det som "Could you be bothered?" eller "Would you mind?"


I love swedish for these kind of words which we would need 3 or 4 words for in english. I dont like everything about swedish, but i like that!


I love these! There are some very awesome ones, though I can think of one word translations for several of them, so not as unique as stated.

I especially loved the tingo (pascuence) :)


How about "Are you up for it?"


No, I think that's more like asking "är du sugen?".


There are handy (one-word) expressions in both, Swedish and English.

Swedish: "orkar" for having enough energy "hinner" for having enough time "heter" for being called (*)

English: wearing for "har på sig" cooking for "lagar mat"

(*) Actually, there are expressions for "to be called" in many languages, for example in French ("s'appeler") or in German ("heißen").


Can my native tongue (Japanese日本語) be resemble to "Orkar du" ------"元気ですか?Genki desu ka?" ? I also reminded my friend from Sweden who lives in and learn Japanese said that Swedish is sometimes resemble to Japanese (though there wouldn't be linguistic relationships... Amazing :O )


I think it's probably closer to  やる気, though I don't speak Swedish well enough to be completely certain.


Most translators say that orkar means bothered. How does it become "have the energy"?


The "bothered" feels more British English to me. If I say (in my 'American' English) "Do you have the energy to go to ICA and get a liter of milk?" to my husband he might well reply, "No, I can't be bothered."

Bothered, to me, is more about annoyance (e.g.) but for him, a person who is seldom annoyed or peeved about anything, it's more a matter of energy or inclination. So I can see how there could be some slop across the translations.


Didn't see this in the discussion, so...

I provided "Do you have enough energy" as a translation, and it was marked wrong.

Is there a subtle difference that I've missed, or should this be reported?


That's weird. Your translation is definitely accepted.


'Have the stamina' for 'orkar' is not accepted... I suppose not all possible translations can be managed


"Can you be bothered?" was accepted as a translation, if that helps.


I am spanish and I dont know what actually is refering with that expression in English


If you do not orkar do something, that means you cannot do it because you are too tired, not strong enough or something like that. If you don't orkar eat something, then you can't eat it because you've already eaten so much you can't eat any more, or you don't have an appetite.


Aguantar o soportar creo que es el mejor equivalente a este verbo en general. En el caso de la comida sería tanto NO CABER o NO ENTRAR.


How to remember this verb? I find it hard to come up with any memory association. I am a native finnish speaker


In finnish there is slang word orkku which means an orgasm. Should I take this memory association :) ?


Sure! Should be easy to make a memory association to longevity. :)

And thanks to you, I'll now associate orcas with orgasms for the rest of my life.


I wrote "Do you feel like it?" "Jag orkar inte" always translates to I don't feel like it, in my house...


We'd say jag känner inte för det in Swedish. I agree they can be pretty close, though.


Is orkar litereally/just about not having enough energy, being tired. Or generally physically not able to. Or even broader, just not able to ( due to prior engagements etc)

So, energy, or being able to (like are you able to make it, to the party or whatever) ?


It's only about energy, although that energy can be either relating to physical or mental strength - or both.


Could I see this as the Dutch: "Gaat het nog?" ?


I thought this meant - Can you manage? I lived in Sweden for six year and this about having the energy sounds odd to me!


How would you say that differs? If you can manage something or not depends on whether you have the energy to manage it, does it not?


"orkar du" not also "can you cope"?


I assume 'orkar' is only used in reference to humans, and not to objects? Could you ask 'orkar din telefon' to ask if someone's telephone still has power?


Technically speaking, it's for animals and humans only, I suppose. But practical usage extends way beyond that. You might say that the flower orkade push itself through the concrete. The forklift orkade lift the load you were unsure about. And the phone orkar kanske lite till if you're lucky. It's a very versatile word, and though I wouldn't reach for it always, it can be used in quite a lot of situations.


Would the expression "Are you up for this" be acceptable?


In context, at least, but not always. It's more about having the energy - physical or mental - to do something. So it could mean "are you up for this?" but it doesn't have to.


Must be correct "have you energy?"


That honestly doesn't sound very idiomatic at all, even for the "have you" construction.


Would orka be similar to saying "are you up for (it/this/that)"?


It says "orkar" means "have enough energy" so why isn't "You have enough energy?" an acceptable translation?


That is a very colloquial way of asking a question, and it's very hard to teach actual questions if we were to accept statement word order with a question mark.


Could you say "can you manage' here? Or is that too ambiguous?

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