Is it just me or is the suffix of 'vand' not pronounced. I did this as a listening exercise and I thought it was 'Jeg drikker vand' which makes total sense and so it isn't a case that I should have known it was 'the water' because just using 'water' wouldn't make sense.
How do I know if it is vand or vandet?
As a native Danish speaker, I can hear the -et at the end. It is very soft, and as a general rule, -t at the end of a word is rarely ever actually pronounced like a t, but more like a softer version of the English th sound. Your ears probably just need to get used to the new sounds of the Danish language ;)
Kind of like how French leaves the last letter out of the pronunciation.
Thank you. I supposed it had to be something wrong in my inderstanding. The "t" st the end of s noun stands for the determined artikel ?
It's almost impossible to hear the difference between 'vand' and 'vandet'. Is this normal?
There is a difference, but it takes some practice to hear it. "vand" is pronounced with long a, and "d" is silent, while in "vandet", "a" little shorter (right? :)) and there is little extra mumbling sound at the end :)
I believe there is a lot of mumblin sounds I cannot hear/say but still, I like it
According to my Danish girlfriend, it's purely memorization.. No rhyme or reason
It says that if it was "water" ( not THE water ) it would be "dikker vander", but I think they mispelled "drikker" because it doesn't vary for the present tense.
Why do the words bread and water have a et at the end when it's "the bread," but words like man, woman, boy, and girl have a en at the end when there's a the?
The words for "bread" or "child" are of the neuter gender: et [word] and [word]et.
The words for "man" or "girl" are of the common gender: en [word] and [word]en.
Yes. I think it is easy to hear the difference between vand and vandet. In English, we grunt uhn-uhn for no. Vandet is vand with one grunt after it. The spelling, I think, is just to keep the idea that it is a neuter noun, but it doesn't affect the pronunciation.