The Swedish Blog’s Ultimate Slang Lexicon part II Posted by jennie on Jan 31, 2010 in Swedish Language, Vocabulary
Let’s end another great month of Swedish studies with part II of our Ultimate Slang Lexicon:
Barr = hair (on your head) Proper Swedish: Hår
Brallor = trouses. Proper Swedish: Byxor
Dega = relax, do nothing. Derives from the Swedish word for dough, deg. To “dough” around doing nothing. Proper Swedish: Slappa
Frulle = breakfast. Proper Swedish: Frukost
Grina = to cry. Proper Swedish: Gråta
Knega = to work. Proper Swedish: Jobba/Arbeta
Käka = to eat. Proper Swedish: Äta
Lullig = tipsy. Proper Swedish: Berusad
Nana = to sleep. A word mostly used when talking to kids. Proper Swedish: Sova
Är du på? = Are you up for it? Direct translation: Are you on?
Example: A: Vi ska gå ut ikväll, är du på? (We’re going out tonight, are you up for it?)
B: Nej, jag är inte på. (No, I’m not up for it)
As David correctly pointed out, slang are very much a regional thing and some of the words might just be used in certain parts of Sweden. But we’ve tried to mix it up and please feel free to share your own slang words or protest loud and clear if you need any further explanation. Or have any requests for part III.
Lycka till and see you in February!