De vet du - what does it exactly mean?
Hello! As you may know, there is this TV Show - Melodifestivalen. I've been watching it and I got a little confused with band name "De Vet Du".
What exactly does this band name means? At first, I thought that it means "You know them", but as I know from learning in Duolingo - "de" means "they" and "dem" means "them", so I got kind of confused with that. When I put it into Google Translate, it translated as "You know that". I am wondering why? Why "de" is "that" in this case?
Can someone please explain this to me?
"Det vet du" means "You know that". The t in 'det' is silent in some dialects / sociolects.
I might add to our learners that the final T in "det" is silent in virtually all Swedish dialects and sociolects. Pronouncing it would sound weird and off.
Another band, that was famous in the 90s, was called "Just D". The meaning of that band name should be "just det" (just that). The letter D is also pronounced like "det" with silent t.
There's also a song called "E' de' det här du kallar kärlek", which is short for "Är det det här du kallar kärlek" (Is it this you call love). In that song only the first 'det' gets a silent t. At least in the title. When I'm listening to the song, I can't really hear the t in the second 'det' either.
I'd say the final t is made silent by the majority of Swedish speakers, but I don't have any statistics. :P
I was wondering the same thing. It's a pity Road Trip didn't make it to the final... I'm personally most surprised about Loreen though :'(