Advice on how to pronounce the Danish soft "d"?
How does one properly pronounce the "d" as seen in "mad", "hedder", "brød"? I've heard that it's halfway in between a "d" and an "l", but also shares similarities with the phoneme ð. Are there any danskere here who can give a proper explanation of the soft d?
Y'know, I really wonder who started using the soft d. Because if I knew who it was, and had a time machine, I'd go and punch him.
Here's a great website! http://www.speakdanish.dk/en/pronunciation/alph-a.php
(Unfortunately, I can't explain it, I'm not a native speaker)
Here's a summary of the video:
Vowel + d = soft d [ð]
Place tip of tongue behind lower teeth and hold it there while making soft d [ð] sound
The combination d+e [ðə] can be pronounced two ways. In everyday speech the e sound [ə or schwa in phonetics terms] is often omitted. This creates a longer soft d [ð] sound and the pitch rises.
Examples are given of pronunciation of d [ð] + stød (gottal stop)