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kämpa på hej och hå

English translation: carry on carrying on

15:46 Dec 9, 2016
Swedish to English translations [Non-PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters / Work appraisal
Swedish term or phrase: kämpa på hej och hå
This appears in a performance appraisal questionnaire in answer to the question "What would you like this leader to do differently that would make them more effective?"
sue best
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:29
English translation:carry on carrying on
Explanation:
It is a suggestion of course. But as you say the Swedish expression is very colloquial - two rhyming lines with the stress on the "på" and the "hå", so the rhytm is as of keeping going - literally it might be "struggle on, ohoy and ohoy", but have a look at this poem for my suggested expression: http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=345
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Agneta Pallinder
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:29
Grading comment
Thank you so much, Agneta, for confirming what I thought this meant. As it was a work appraisal I went with "Keep on doing what you are doing".
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3 +1carry on carrying on
Agneta Pallinder


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1 day 23 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +1
carry on carrying on


Explanation:
It is a suggestion of course. But as you say the Swedish expression is very colloquial - two rhyming lines with the stress on the "på" and the "hå", so the rhytm is as of keeping going - literally it might be "struggle on, ohoy and ohoy", but have a look at this poem for my suggested expression: http://www.yourdailypoem.com/listpoem.jsp?poem_id=345

Agneta Pallinder
United Kingdom
Local time: 18:29
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in SwedishSwedish, Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 16
Grading comment
Thank you so much, Agneta, for confirming what I thought this meant. As it was a work appraisal I went with "Keep on doing what you are doing".

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  revshirls: "Kämpa på"means "Keep going", "Struggle on". Kämpa på hej och hå is a phrase that's often used to pep people up. At sports matches this is shouted all the time to players to encourage them not to give up.
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