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Breaking words down

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So I was thinking, since in Swedish (like in english) there are a lot of "composite" words, like sköldpadda, jordgubben and so on, could there not be a breaking down of those words next to the translation? It'd make it easier to remember those long words if we knew the logic behind their construction, I think (and it might help to learn the words they're made with beforehand, maybe). Thanks, and luck to all duolinguists!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/efskap
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I made a thread about these recently. Plenty of compound words inside. https://www.duolingo.com/comment/8105142

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MartenSanden
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You're quite right, Stallya. Knowing the etymology and word-stems really does give you a better understanding of a language. In some cases the correspondence may not be completely obvious, but I'll give your examples a try: Sköldpadda= sköld (shield) + padda (toad) = a toad with a shield. Jordgubbe = jord (earth) + gubbe (little old man) = little old man of the earth :) According to an old etymological dictionary I found, gubbe was a haystack in some dialects, but that doesn't really explain anything either. Gubbe, incidentally, is also used for a stick of dynamite (dynamitgubbe), but usually it refers to a person or a figure/doll. And don't worry, it sounds weird to us too!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Blehg
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gubbe is a dialectal word for a small lump, in this case :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Anders91
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While I agree that this might help make learning easier for some, this is unfortunately not something we can add at this time with the tools available in the Incubator.

Very interesting idea though!

3 years ago