Monday, 5 July 2010

Brush up your Swedish: Lesson 23

With apologies to



EXTERIOR, DAY: SUBURBAN BUS STOP: BIBBI SNURR AND BILLY ARE WAITING FOR THE SMÖRGASBORD BUS. SUDDENLY —

STOP PRESS: Due to universal demand from Ikea staff among many others, I have much pleasure in appending a translation:

Bibbi Snurr: Lack, lack! Antilop kritter! Antilop kritter hopen salong!
(Look! Look! Antelope critter! Antelope critter hopping along!)

Billy
: Indeed, indeed? Where?

Bibbi Snurr: Leckman! Odda sydröd!
(Look, man! Other side [of the] road)

Billy
: Why, so there is. How most bizarre. And in Stockholm too, imagine! I thought they lived in Africa.

Bibbi Snurr: Besta kilim?
(Best to kill him?)

Billy
: Why, whatever for? Bit hard, isn't it?

Bibbi Snurr: Bigarrå effectiv?
([Would a] big arrow [be] effective?)

Billy
: I'm sure it would be.

Bibbi Snurr: Annons! Antilop kritter gormin ribba! Dång!
(Oh noes! Antelope critter's gone in [the] river! Dang!)

Billy
: They can swim, you know.

Bibbi Snurr: You aren't from round here, are you?
(Varför vill ni tala som Jeremias Paxman?)

(with acknowledgements to Geoff)

9 comments:

Dave said...

Var snäll och prata långsammare, jag pratar inte Svenska.

Vicus Scurra said...

Min hovercraft är full av ål

Tim Footman said...

I like to imagine Ingmar Bergman ambling through IKEA, promising himself meatballs once he's encompassed the essential futility of human existence in a single frame and bought a bin for the spare room.

Charlene said...

"You aren't from around here, are you?"

That's what I heard when I moved 45 miles south in 1969 and discovered my Hoosier accent was noticed!

Geoff said...

That Billy's a wooden actor.

moreidlethoughts said...

oh-oh...blogger's doing it AGAIN.
Your post says you have 3 comments, but the comments box is empty

Som soe efn I mek it Sverig, mebbe does go, ja?

moreidlethoughts said...

Und ja! Does go.

mig said...

I feel something has been gained in the translation.

Spadoman said...

Good stuff. Ever hear of Ole and Lena? I'll have to tell you some of their tales one of these days. Olke and Lena are a folk lore couple up here in Da Nort Country, ya know, Minnesoota.

Pax Vobiscum