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"Drikker de teen?"

Translation:Are they drinking the tea?

August 26, 2014



Is it just me or is the "t" in "teen" not very clear in the audio? It sounds more like a "ts" sound.


I live in Denmark and am studying Danish and linguistics here. I'm fairly certain that what you guys are getting thrown off by is the stød in the "te" sound. To someone who isn't used to hearing Danish, the stød, or the glottal stop, can potentially distort the way you hear the "t". As I mentioned previously, this phenomenon is stronger in the Copenhagen accent. I personally hear the "t" aspirated perfectly clear.


Yes it sounds like an S to me


As far as I know Danes normally pronounce "t" as "ts" ("c" in some languages). And at the end of the word it is sometimes pronounced like "d" in "med". Correct me if I'm wrong!


Not in any dialect I've ever heard.


Ok, to be correct and precise: it sounds like "ts" to my ears (and the others who have the same pronunciation of "t") because the "t" in my native language is a bit softer. For English and German speaking it sounds very normal. Unfortunately I can't record it here- you would hear the difference. Sorry for inaccuracy!


I think perhaps that you're talking about aspiration, which is when the pronunciation of a consonant produces a puff of air from the mouth. In Danish, the consonants p, t and k are aspirated. The rest aren't. This produces a slightly different sound from languages that do not use aspiration, like Russian or Spanish.

Looking at this image of the mouth, the aspirated t is produced by placing the tip of the tongue at the alveolar ridge. An unaspirated t is usually dental, so the tongue is further to the front of the mouth.

This is different from the ts sound like Russian ц or the c sound you'll find in many Slavic languages that use the Latin alphabet.


Your absolutely right! That's the thing. What I meant- to the speakers of the "unaspirated-t-languages" it really often sounds like "c", though. :D:D I can hear it from my 6 years old son- he lives in DK longer than I do and he always corrects me that I have to say "ts" instead of "t". This is what he hears. :) Goddag! ;)


can this not be "do they drink the tea?"


That's an accepted translation.


What makes the -e in -en not disappear here?


To preserve pronunciation. There are two syllables in "teen", although it's probably not clear from the audio.

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