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How to Express Feelings of Joy and Anger

The Focus of this Lesson is on How to Express Feelings of Joy and Anger.

Aj! Fan!

'"Ouch! Damn!"'

In this lesson, we'll learn how to express both feelings of joy and anger, and we'll do that by looking at some common Swedish interjections, since interjections are words through which you can express feelings and emotions. First, we'll look at interjections through which we can express anger, and there are two of these that appear in this lesson's dialogue. Let's have a look.

  1. Fan! "Damn!"
  2. Skit! "Crap!"

Both of these interjections are very useful when you want to express anger, perhaps when you hurt yourself or when you're told something that really upsets you. The interjection skit is here translated as "crap," but the meaning is actually a bit stronger than the English "crap." Both fan and skit would probably qualify as a type of swear word, but are fairly uncontroversial and okay to use in most situations.

Here are also some additional interjections that serve more or less the same purpose:

  1. Jävlar!"Damn it!"
  2. Helvete! "Damn!" (lit. "Hell")
  3. Förbannat! "Damned!"

For occasions when you're so angry that you just want to scream, you can simply use the interjection Ah ("Aaah!"). Let's now move on to look at some interjections that instead will help us to express feelings of joy. Unfortunately, there don't seem to be as many interjections that express feelings of joy as there are interjections that express feelings of anger, but the following two can be useful in almost any situation, such as when you get some exciting news, when your favorite football team scores a goal, or when you win the lotto.

  1. Ja!"Yeah!"
  2. Jippi! "Yay!"

There are also two other interjections that can be used when we want to show that we think something someone else just said or did was really good.

  1. Bravo! "Bravo!"
  2. Kanon! "Great! 

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