"Han är sur."

Translation:He is grumpy.

February 8, 2015



you can post pictures like this:



August 17, 2016


Being a bit of a sourpuss!

May 25, 2018


If you want to post a picture, use this syntax: ! [ Duo ] ( put URL here ) leave out all the spaces and you're good to go!

August 17, 2016


Den sur katten

August 20, 2015


is this where surly in english comes from?

February 8, 2015


No, they’re unrelated. But its English cognate is the word sour.

February 8, 2015


I nearly translated it as -he is sour-, but I peeked. -He is sour- is a lot stronger than the Swedish -Han är sur-.

March 6, 2015


Thanks! That's interesting.

February 8, 2015


It's still a useful mnemonic though, I suppose...

March 3, 2015


That was my first thought, too!

June 16, 2016


Would "sur" work in a food context?

June 1, 2016


Yes. Citroner är sura. 'Lemons are sour'

July 7, 2016


I thought that an r and s together made a "sh" sound, but the TTS is just saying "är sur" instead of "ärshur". Does it have this one right?

October 20, 2016


Usually "är" is pronounced "eh", so the words don't connect to make a r-s retroflex sound (because the "r" is missing). I can hear that the TTS says "air" but it's essentially a laboured pronunciation, comparable with pronouncing the "t" in "det". You normally don't pronounce it like "air" unless you really want to emphasize that particular word.

February 15, 2017


Throughout this course I hear "är" being pronounced as "ar" (= 'a' (not 'ä') + an audible 'r'). Or is it my ears who fool me?

As "âr" is a very common word in Swedish, I 'd like to pronounce it correctly. Can someone describe the standard pronounciation? Or are various pronouncation accepted?

Tack ska du ha!

September 1, 2017


I remember this as 'surly' meaning bad tempered, so it fits the Swedish word for grumpy quite well!

March 18, 2016


That's a good one. sur isn't really quite grumpy, it's hard to translate it exactly. sulky is a good translation too. Or sore.

May 7, 2016


grumpy and resentful are both accepted but not bitter. I'm not sure I understand this emotion.

March 17, 2017


Well, I think it's sour. "Don't be such a sourpuss". Wanting to rain on everybody's parade. Reacting negativly to anything that comes by.
I'd say being bitter is different because it's a long term reaction to something that already happened rather than a tendancy to react badly to everything that's about to happen. Bitter is harboring bad feelings from a past pain or regret. Usually bitter refers to something with a specific cause. They are "bitter about X". Perhaps being bitter can cause one to also be sour/grumpy, but I think grumpy is much more often thought of as a short term thing. "He is bitter that he dropped out of college when his wife left him, but he he is grumpy today because he woke up too early."

May 25, 2017


I was given the translation "He is mad" instead of "He is moody". Sur doen't mean mad! Never!

September 9, 2018
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