"Golf är en konstig idrott."

Translation:Golf is a weird sport.

February 19, 2015

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bianca.fox

what's the difference between sport and idrott?

February 19, 2015

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

Largely just semantics in everyday usage. The technical distinction is that idrott emphasises physical prowess, whereas a sport may not necessarily do so. For instance, some consider chess a sport, whereas nobody would think it's an idrott. On the other end, there are also people who don't consider e.g. equestrian events or motorsports idrotter, although this is (obviously) more debated than chess.

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bianca.fox

tack sa mycket! :)

February 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lundgren8

I can add this Venn diagram:

  • Tävlan = competition
  • Stavgång = Nordic walking
  • Folkrace = type of rallycross
  • Datorspel = computer games
February 19, 2015

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

So it seems:

  • idrott must involve physical activity
  • sport must be a direct competition

Is that about right?

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lundgren8

Yes, that is correct.

January 6, 2016

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

Tack för bilden!

June 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bex42

This is my favourite Duolingo comment so far. Tack så mycket!

July 14, 2015

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

I love Venn diagrams.

Computer games, really? Is there a word for leisure activities?

January 12, 2016

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

Leisure activities is fritidssysselsättningar or fritidsaktiviteter.
Computer games are sports as in eSports (e-sport in Swedish https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/E-sport) – just like chess is a sport – when you compete in it.

January 30, 2016

[deactivated user]

    What is ''Nordic walking"? Back packing? Hiking from hut to hut in Norway?

    December 11, 2016

    [deactivated user]

      Ha Ha! Walking with ski poles for a full body exercise. I thought this is just what we old people do so we don't fall over when we hike! That's why I use treking poles!

      December 11, 2016

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

      stavgång in Swedish

      en stav = 'a pole' as in 'ski pole'

      https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stavg%C3%A5ng

      December 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andy979623

      It doesn't accept 'golf is an unusual sport'

      April 17, 2016

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

      'unusual' is more ovanlig but konstig is like 'strange, odd, weird…'

      December 12, 2016

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malgosia007

      Maybe it is, but I quite like it when I am in the mood for it (watching it, that is). I wonder if Stenson is still big in Sweden, or do Swedish fans root for someone else?

      February 9, 2017

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

      He's definitely the most popular golfer at the moment.

      February 9, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Malgosia007

      Thanks :).

      February 9, 2017

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

      Glöm inte Annika Sörenstam!

      February 9, 2017

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

      Well, sure, but she's retired. :)

      February 9, 2017

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ens5
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      I find myself wondering why a translation of "Golf is a strange game" is not accepted. In at least American usage, games don't refer simply to idle ways for children to pass their time. A question of "Did you see the game last night?" would almost certainly refer to (American) football, baseball, or basketball, depending on the season of the year.

      March 19, 2017

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

      That's true, although if you asked "Did you watch the game last night?" you would never be referring to golf. I can see arguments for accepting "game" as a translation of the Swedish sport - however, it's not a proper translation of idrott.

      March 20, 2017

      [deactivated user]

        How common is to say idrott? 'Sport' is international and most common word so I'm just wondering is idrott something Swedes often say when they talk about sport.

        April 6, 2018

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

        sport is probably more common, but it's by no means an uncommon word.

        April 6, 2018

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

        Is there any connection between "idrott" as sport and "drottning" as queen?

        May 7, 2018

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

        No, there is no relation. :)

        May 7, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yuyu2809

        Totally unrelated to Swedish, but it reminded me of this Supreme Court case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PGA_Tour,_Inc._v._Martin

        Which I found out about listening to a Michael Sandel lecture, and the discussion about whether golf is a sport or a game: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgih85 (from minute 4:57).

        Until I saw that video (I was actually watching Sandel's "Justice" course on YouTube, which I highly recommend), I didn't know so much philosophical discussion could be derived from golf! And then I found this thread XD

        July 2, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ClarkJensen21

        I used crazy to describe konstig and was marked wrong. I thought Konstig meant strange and/or unusual. Am I wrong?

        September 27, 2018

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

        It does, but I think "crazy" is a bit too much of a stretch. We'd use galen for that.

        September 27, 2018
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