"Jag är en kvinna."

Translation:I am a woman.

November 17, 2014

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Jag sounds like "io" but if join with "är", sounds like "iogar", that is right?


Yes. It's like french. When consonant comes before vowel, last letter of the word is pronounced.

Swedish: Jag ar (iog-ar) French: Les hommes (lez-ome)

But, Jag is pronounced as "io' without vowel after it.


No, that is not right! Swedish does not at all have the liaison of French.

"Jag är" is /jɑː e:/ or /jɑː ɛ:/. The G is silent in all but very emphasized uses of the word.

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So the pronunciation in this exercise is incorrect? When I click on the audio, I hear it pronouncing the G in "Jag"


Yeah, well, it's a machine voice so it won't get everything right. But it's generally good.


Here you can hear real people saying jag är en ung kvinna ... http://el.forvo.com/search/jag%20%C3%A4r%20en%20kvinna/sv/


No, the prenunciation is correct. Especially this early on in the language course. Without the G, it turns into the Swedish word for "Yes". However in everyday conversation the G in "Jag" tends to become silent. If you're not putting extra emphasis on that particular word. As far as I know, the only reason for "the silence of the G" (in this case), is that in a sentece it will decrease the prenunciation effort. Resulting in a slightly better flow. With total disregard of struggling language learners. Pronuncing the G in jag is never wrong, but could be perceived as "less relaxed".


Would it be correct to not pronounce the G for this sentence then ? Is there a right way to keep some sounds silent?


Yes, skipping it is way more common, though both work. I don't think there is an exact rule for when not to pronounce certain sounds.


When I tap on the "är" there is no pronunciation. And I don't hear the voice use that word, I just hear "yo en tree-nuh". Can someone explain?


is yo "yah"? if so, that's jag. to hear the sentence again, press the voice button on the left side of the screen. tree-nah :D


do you pronounce the g in jag? for this I hear the g, but sometimes when they say Jag är (something else) I don't hear it


Pronouncing the g in jag is perfectly fine, but most people don't when speaking normally. I wouldn't bat an eye at hearing either.


'Jaw(g) air'. The g is barely heard. In front of a consonant (like an n or m, etc.. it is ' 'yaw'. In front of a vowel, it is 'yaw(g)', barely pronounced.


Swedish is surely easier than Danish, pronouncing words wise


Us Swedes agree. It's a common joke of ours about Danish that it's impossible to hear what people say...


Ja inte konstigt när dom har potatisar i halsen. :-)


Should I pronounce the 'k' in 'Kvinna'?


Here's a good resource for anyone working through pronunciation issues. Can't guarantee it will have every word, but sometimes you can search a word and even see some phrases you might find it used in.


For example, listen to "Jag" here.


It lists 'ar' as meaning 'is' in english, but here on duolingo it lists it as meaning 'am'? I've seen a few other places where it translates to 'is'... which is correct?


Swedish verbs don't change depending on the person. So är translates to am, are, and is, all at once.


They are both correct. In English, all verbs change depending on who they apply to. Most only change by having an 's' on the end (eg: I walk, he walks, etc).

The verb 'to be' is slightly more irregular and has 3 forms in the present tense: I am; you/we/they are; he/she is. They all translate to är.


Just figured out how to get an umlaut on a Mac: Press option/alt and e, then the vowel you need under the umlaut. :)


I believe this question probably needs the additional keyboard to get the "ä" - it's important for pronunciation!

For Windows users, it's Alt + 0228. :)


holy crap you speak every language known to man!


Lol, Irishlaz, but I don't speak Irish! No, seriously, if you get hooked on Duolingo you will come across users with more impressive stats than me. :) Your avatar is great btw. Hope to see you around.


I've just added another language to learn and thinking about a 4th one. I thought I was not being serious about my main language, but Duolingo does become addictive at some point. Good to see I'm not crazy.


Sorry, I'm new here, but on the exercises before this, the "j" is pronounced as the voiced palatal approximant (as in "y" as in "yes"). But the "j" here sounds like the voiced palatoalveolar fricative (the "j" in French "je"). Is there a pronunciation rule I have yet to unravel?


I can't turn the audio on at the moment, but it should be as in "yes". We almost never use the je pronunciation for j. A few French loanwords do use the similar /ɧ/.


One of the contributors (devalanteriel) shared the link with me, the Swedish pronunciation videos channel



Sometimes Swedish can be weird.


I am writing I am a woman and it says incorrect. I think there's something wrong with the programming of the practice


I can only suggest restarting the lesson. Sentences aren't programmed individually, but Duolingo does suffer bugs occasionally, and restarting the lesson usually helps.


I wrote the answer and it said I was wrong even tho I was right and it said the same thing I said.


If that happens again, please try restarting the lesson. It's a rare bug.


how do you know that.


But i am a man ..really not a woman ..DUO


Duo will convince you say agian Jag är en kvinna. Jag är en kvinna jag är en kvinna jag ä en kvinna jag e en kvinna ja e en kvinna


In the regular audio "Jag" is "Yaw," but in the slowed-down audio "Jag" is "Yag". Do I pronounce the G or not???


Either way is fine, but the g is mostly dropped in fast or informal speech.


It sounds a bit like jog in this sentence?


Sounds like "Your Getting Kvinna" a little bit xD


What's wrong with my answer


Well, what did you put? We can't see your keyboard...


I legir said "woman" instead of "women"


what is the difference between en and ett?


They're different grammatical genders. Please have a further look here (https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/26420394) and here (https://duome.eu/tips/en/sv).


When does one use "kvinnor" and when does one use "en kvinna"?

  • en kvinna = a woman
  • kvinnor = women


I need a sample sentence using "en kvinna"


Jag är en kvinna = I am a woman

Literally the sentence you're on.


Sorry, I meant to say I needed sentences contrasting "kvinnor" and "en kvinnan"


Nope that's not what I meant either. (en kvinnan was a typo) "en kvinna" vs." kvinnor"


Then please have a look at my other reply to you. One means "a woman" and one means "women" (plural).


I typed out "I am a woman" and it told me it's the wrong answer. I think because I didn't include a period (.) at the end of the sentence but that is a terrible reason to fail.


This sentence is both for "translate into English" and for "type what you hear". Are you sure it wasn't the latter, and you were supposed to type in Swedish?


I never include any punctuation of any kind and it hasn't been a problem, so that probably wasn't the reason.


To be fair, the system does screw up and insist on punctuation randomly, and nobody knows why. It's very rare nowadays but it used to be more common a few years ago.


I didn't know that! It's never been a problem for me... (I will edit my comment accordingly)


The pronunciation sounded more like varg not jag


Mr. Green gives me a chance to correct an error in the process unlike Ms. Red who wrongs me even before I can make a sound. He will even call a typo a typo. He does not wrong me except when I really make a mistake, which is not often. I make typos because sometimes I do. He gives me a chance to correct myself, which Ms. Red never does, and often before I can even make the first sound. Is there nothing to be done about this?


I got it right do i have to make sure the period is there


I'm concentrating on the Norwegian course so ti might be different there, but it doesn't make any difference whether you use punctuation or not. I never include the punctuation!

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