Does anyone else find this to be a word twister?
Is there a difference between cook and chef in Swedish. In English i would place it as a distinction between profession and amateur? I got this right, but would it have been correct to say the chefs?
I personally would only use kock for a professional.
I agree. In English, I'd gladly say things like My mom is a good cook, but since she doesn't actually work as a chef, in Swedish I'd say Min mamma är bra på att laga mat instead.
And yes, it'd be an accepted translation to use chefs instead.
So is the Swedish 'r' rolled like in Spanish or Russian or is it like the 'r' in French?
It is rolled. The Scanian accent however have the French style Rs (forgot the word for it).
My question is would "dishes" be acceptable or is that an entirely different thing in Swedish? I grew up preferring to call plates dishes. I haven't tried it but it seems as if it would make sense.
Yes, it's accepted, but it wouldn't be good as a main answer since dishes can also mean 'something prepared to be eaten' in which case it would be maträtt in Swedish.
Another app (not as good as duolingo:) uses plattorna instead of tallrikarna. Is this a regional difference or a different type of plate?
That’s not used for a plate that you eat on. A platta is more of a disc or a tile.