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Forår og Efterår

So, unless I'm mistaken, the literal translation of these Danish words (meaning "spring" and "autumn") would be "before year" and "after year"? I'm curious how these came to be the words for those seasons; I'm sure there's a fascinating reason behind it!

April 10, 2015

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

here you go :) Sommer = derived from the old nordic word sumar, and means "half year" Vinter = an old nordic word which stems from the old gothic word Wintrus, and means wet season Vår = the word used in the past for forår, it stems form the old nordic word "vár" which meant "the good season" høst (harvest) = the word used in the past for efterår, an old nordic word which meant "to pick", since autumn was the season of harvest

forår = derived form the medieval german word "vorjar", "vorjar" means "first part of the year" efterår = was simply formed in opposition to "forår"

April 10, 2015

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

Fantastic! Tack så mycket! Oh, wait... wrong language. Umm... tak så meget! :-P

April 10, 2015

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

Velbekomme! learned a bit myself :)

April 10, 2015

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

Den Danske Ordbog giver en kort forklaring på oprindelsen af "forår":

http://ordnet.dk/ddo/ordbog?query=for%C3%A5r Forår efter middelnedertysk vorjar, første led vor i betydningen 'første del af'

April 10, 2015

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

I've got some studying ahead of me before I can read that without help :-P but tak!

April 10, 2015

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

In dutch we use both lente (=spring) and voorjaar (before year) for spring. And we use herfst (autumn) and najaar (after year) for autumn. So Forår and efterår were quite easy to remember for me.

April 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreas.im

For me the other way around as well!

June 15, 2015
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