Translation:The man is drinking water and eating bread.
I'm not hearing the -en in mannen very strongly... is it actually pronounced like this, or is the auto-pronounce thing just not doing a good job on it?
It's not very strong in this dialect, but if you practice you'll be able to recognize the difference between 'mann' and 'mannen'. 'mannen' is kinda like "man'n".
The correct IPA pronunciations for mannen are
/ˈmɑnːɛn/, but native speakers shorten or throw away the ə and prolong the n sound to differentiate it from mann where n stops rather abruptly -
When the ə (Wikipedia article) sound isn't enunciated clearly, two n sounds sort of merge and are prolonged.
When you're practising at home, replace it with a more defined e sound and give yourself time so your ears can get accustomed to the almost unnoticeable ə between the n sounds.
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Is the d in brød usually enunciated? The voice that reads here doesn't actually say it.
Thanks muchly! I know in Danish their <d> can often be something like [ð̞] (kind of like the th in these), so I figured it was worth asking.
Bare hyggelig! There are other cases where 'd' is pronounced after an 'ø' at the end of a word, so it's not a silly question at all. :)
Bokmål - Mannen drikker vann/ vatn og spiser/eter brød.
Nynorsk - Mannen drikk vatn og et brød.
Is this idiomatic for "He's in jail" as sometimes used in Am.Eng? "He's on bread and water". 13Jan17
"Å sitte på vann og brød" can be used in that manner, but it's less common than in English, and has historically had a narrower meaning.
In Norwegian jails, being sentenced to X amount of time on "vann og brød" used to be a harsher form of punishment, as regular inmates were fed better. For a while, those sentenced to regular jail time were even able to get a discount on their sentence by opting to serve a shorter time on only bread and water.
Those sentenced to longer amounts of time on bread and water, would get single-day breaks to make sure they didn't die from their monotone diet.
This form of punishment was abolished in 1958.
Correct IPA pronunciation is
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"Mannen" is the the man. Go to the Basics 1 and read the lesson notes
If I translated the above as:: "The man drinks water and eats bread" would it also be correct? I believe that in English, 'eats and drinks' is the same as 'is drinking and eating.' Please correct me if I'm wrong. I'm not strong on grammar in any language.
Norwegian has only one present tense which can be translated, depending on the context, as Present Continuous or Present Simple.
"The man drinks water and eats bread" and "The man is drinking water and eating bread" are equally correct. @MillionthMonkey is right about the differences between these two present tenses.
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