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"Jo, jeg forstår det."

Translation:On the contrary, I understand it.

August 9, 2015



Is 'Jo' the equivalent of the french 'Si' ?


Bare hyggelig!


Is there a Spanish equivalent, by any chance?


No, there isn't, we just have the word "sí". In order to answer negative questions we have to make the sentence affirmative, usually by using "sí que...".

¿No te gusta el fútbol? (Don't you like football?)

¡Sí que me gusta! (I do like it!)

Good luck if you're learning Spanish ;)


norsk er rart. jo betyr 'yes' og 'on the contrary'. ikke sant betyr 'right' og 'not correct'

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English is weird. yes used to mean the same as 'jo', but now usually means 'ja'. right means 'the opposite of left' and 'correct'.



takk for det. det er veldig interessant. it was meant as a joke though ;)


I love it when languages have this word. In german, it's "doch", and it's one of the most useful words there are!


Hmm, in English I could say "No, I understand it" if someone would ask "Do you not understand it?". So "yes" and "no" fit here just as well actually.


I think the point is more to introduce the word "jo", which is very commonly used as meaning "on the contrary", but with much less of a fancy connotation to it. Using just "no" doesn't quite capture the fact that you are emphasising the contradiction.


In the german language we have something similar to this: "Doch". "Doch" can be used like "Doch, ich verstehe das." (Yes of course, I understand). Or if you are in an argue you can say for example: There are no red elephants. Then you can answer: "Doch" instead of the longer "Yes, there are red elephants." "Jo" can be used in that context, too I guess.


As a native, this English translation has me puzzled, someone please explain it to me haha.

Probably me forgetting simple things again.


As a native English speaker, I'm sorry to have to admit that this word has no English equivalent. We are really, really bad at negating negative questions, which is one of several reasons why "Have you not been faithful to your spouse?" is a tricky question to respond to, since either "yes" or "no" could be incriminating. "On the contrary!" is the only real way of expressing that you are faithful to your wife or husband. Usually tone helps, as well.


I Spanish class I was taught that it is the custom to always respond unambiguously to negative questions by repeating the question in the answer. Like, "No, I have never been unfaithful to my spouse." I wish there were such a custom or feature in English, because I constantly find myself asking people "No-yes? or No-no?" lol.


Wouldn't "actually" be a more accurate translation, since nobody says on the contrary. "Actually, I do understand it", "Actually, I have been faithful".


In this case, can "Jo" be translated to "In fact"? Because that's what I wrote and Duo didn't accepted it.


Really the best translation is just a simple 'yes'. It's like if someone asked you "aren't you going to walk the dog?" and you say "yes, i'm going to walk it." the 'jo' would be the 'yes' in the second sentence. The trick is that it only works as yes if someone asked you a question in a negative form, so you can't substitute it for yes everywhere.. which is how you end up with the silly sounding english sentence in this example.. but really it should just be "yes, i understand it"


So "Jo" is just used if youre denying something?


It's used when you're answering positively to a question that was asked in the negative.

Like if someone were to say "Aren't you coming to the movies with us?" or "Don't you want to go to the party?" .. you would use the word 'Jo' when responding.

The sentence with the question being asked will usually have the word 'ikke' in it.


Could this be an answer to the question "Førstår du ikke det?"


Could I not say "Yes, I understand as a matter of fact"? Takk for det


we have a similar expression in turkish as "yoo", which is pronounced as it is written. a bit informal though, i dunno if it is the same here.


It's not the least bit informal in Norwegian.


what about "jo da?" my fiancée uses it a lot and it's always in an informal mood.


Oh, too bad, "au contraire" isn't accepted as a right answer.


as a matter of fact = on the contrary


'on the contrary'? i think it should be 'yes' or 'yeah'


Modal particles ❤


What about the negation? Even though French has the oui/si distinction, answering "non" is still ambiguous. Would "Forstår du ikke det ? / Nei" always be interpreted as "No, I don't understand"?

Although now that I think of it, some of the ambiguity in French comes from the fact that one way of asking question is to phrase it as a statement (without subject verb invertion) and either use a specific intonation or a question mark to indicate that it's (mostly) a question. It doesn't feel as ambiguous with the subject verb invertion, which would work for Norwegian.

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