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Incorrect pronunciation in Pimsleur?

Hello everyone!

I know this is a question about Pimsleur on the Duolingo forum, but I'm not sure where else to ask. In general, it is a question about pronunciation though. Does anyone here have experience with Pimsleur Swedish, and if so, do you know if the pronunciation in the lessons is close to native?

I am asking because they went over "Gör det bra?" in today's lesson and the speakers pronounced "gör" with a hard G sound and it made me really confused because I thought with the soft vowel ö, it would be pronounced with a Y sound. Am I wrong? Are there exceptions to this rule?

Thanks in advance for any responses!

2 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Jan-ErikJ
Jan-ErikJ
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You are correct. 'G' in 'gör' is always soft.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidi422202

Thank you! That is good to know.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan-ErikJ
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I just came up with an example of the opposite! If you speak with a western Swedish dialect, 'g' in 'gött' (= 'gott' = en. 'good') is pronounced hard. Sometimes you can see 'gött' in text as well, but it is not considered standard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidi422202

Interesting! Thank you for the example. I will keep that in mind for the future!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jan-ErikJ
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You do that! If a native speaker tells you about some pleasant experience they've had recently, you kan reply with a simple "Gött!". It will be unexpected and most likely make them smile. Use in less formal conversations of course :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gerardd88
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Next time when you have similar doubts, you can use Forvo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidi422202

Great link. Thank you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexDov66
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I believe, they say "Går det bra?", that's why the G sound is hard.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidi422202

Interesting - I was following someone's transcription of the audio so then the transcription must be incorrect: swedish-language-lessons.blogspot.com/2013/03/supplement-for-pimsleur-swedish_16.html Lesson 11 is where it is.

Thanks!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Gunnar388832
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"Går det bra?" sounds like a more logical sentence than "Gör det bra?". "Går det bra?" means "Does that work well ?", so it is probably just a typo.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joel__W
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Indeed - Gör det bra? is not even a grammatical sentence. You would have to introduce a subject in the sentence e.g. Gör du det bra? "Do you do it well?" for that to work.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Heidi422202

Thanks for the clarification!

2 years ago