I can't hear the correct word.
I'm on lesson 1 of locations.
I'm not sure if I'm just really tired, if this is how the words are supposed to be said, or if something is wrong here.
I hear "stol" and it turns out to be "stolen" I hear "hun and it turns out to be "hunden"
I push the button to have the speaker say it very slowly and I play it over and over and I just keep hearing hun and stol. Never the "en" at the end. This happened with a few other words, too. I keep getting things wrong because I type it how I hear it.
The "e" in those endings is often swallowed. Our TTS (robot lady, affectionately named Liv), is by and large pretty good at pronouncing individual words such as "stolen" and "hunden." The auditory difference between "hun" and "hunden" is very small indeed. What I can tell you is that "hunden" has two syllables instead of one. It sounds more like "hun-n," if that makes sense to you. Let me know if you're still having trouble.
Does it sound obviously Swedish to pronounce the "e" in definite words?
It sounds obviously Swedish to pronounce the "-et" ending in neuter words.
I think they sound very close. I've found the best way to do it is to use the context...
For example, if the sentence is "Hunden ligger på gulvet." You KNOW that is can't be "Hund ligger på gulvet." because that wouldn't make sense in English. You either have to say "A dog lies on the floor" or "The dog lies on the floor." Just saying "Dog lies on the floor" isn't correct.