"En man"

Translation:A man

November 17, 2014

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hello everyone! welcome to swedish! first post!


Here you all can see the pronunciations of the words in Swedish: 1) En: http://pt.forvo.com/word/en/#sv 2) Man: http://pt.forvo.com/word/man/#sv


We got in on day 1! Pat yourselves on the back if you're studying Swedish on 11/17/14!


Mam u r doing so good i hope u tech me plz u r so amazing i just asking the god to be 1%of ur languge knowledge plz help


Wow! Impressive. So it can be done. Yay!


Woohoo! Swedish is finally ready! Proud to be one of the first 9 learners!


never done Swedeish in my life - sooo much like Dutch, and kinda like German. in Dutch a man is een man. in German a man is ein mann.


I am also learning German


Super excited to see this up, thanks to all you fabulous contributors!


Time to learn the language of my ancestors!


þeir ríkr vígamaðr . old norse, means they were/are real warriors :) and no i don't know old norse but the internet does


So "man" is common gender, not male (natural gender)? In skill explanation is says: "When talking about people, we use the natural gender (he and she)". "Man" is "talking about people" if you ask me. So why is that?


This is not a sentence, this is just the phrase en man, 'a man'. You don't say "he man" in English either, do you? If you were to say anything more about the man in this phrase, you should use the pronoun han (like: Han äter 'He eats'). But there are only two genders in Swedish, common gender and neuter, and all words that are referred to with the female and male pronouns hon/han are common gender, therefore it is en kvinna 'a woman' and en man 'en man' with the same article en, but if you speak more about them you use different pronouns, hon or han. Hope this helps?


Ok, I get it, thanks! I thought "hon" and "han" are articles as well, just for natural genders. And thanks for this course, it's really enjoyable.


Thank you! Really glad to hear that.


Dang, you people are kicking language butt!


Thanks! Going through the course for the second time and finally catching on to this. Very interesting to have "common" and "neuter", not male and female. Thank you for your many good explanations throughout!


Learning Swedish to better connect with my Swedish boyfriend! :) excited to explore this language.


how much you wanna bet half the people here are learning swedish because of pewdepie


Any reason to learn Swedish is a good one!


Nope~ (As if my Basshunter and Caramelldansen were any better reasons, though! X3)


I'm learning cuz of The click :D


I'm learning Swedish because I never learned a second language and if I ever move to another country, it's probably gonna be a Nordic one.


As i advance, will i be able to say Swedish, into the mic so the application can see if i can say it? Because i dont think im doing well...


I would assume that all language courses will feature pronounciation exercises when mature enough. But whenever that comes, I would take it with a grain of salt how good of an indicator it is to how good your pronounciation really is. From my experience with practicing French, I will sometimes pass a test even though I cancel the recording halfway through a sentence because I fumble with the words. Hopefully the accuracy will be better in the future, but until then just know that for the most part, the exercise is merely just for practice.


You could try saying it to google translate to see if you are understandable. Not perfect either. But they usually do have an audio prəˌnənsēˈāSH(ə)n that you can copy.


It sounds to me like the speaker is pronouncing the article 'En' more like "em"; is that accurate, or just my computer speakers fuzzing the sound?


I was wondering that too, I thought it might be a more natural way to pronounce it when the first letter of the next word is an "M". Japanese does something similar, e.g "shinbun" is pronounced "shimbun" because the sound flows more naturally.


Not really lol, I'm intermediate in Japanese. But you're right Japanese doesn't always pronounce the full words for an example "desu" it means to be, they wouldn't pronounce the u at the end. Newspaper is actually pronounced as shinbun, but the n is a bit silent. The sh is more recognizable.


Spanish offerers a good example of what you are describing. The feminine 'agua', is preceded by the masculine article 'el', rather than the feminine article 'la'. All for the sake of flow. The plural: 'las aguas', functions quite well. 'La agua' however, would not be quite as elegant. The conjunction 'Y' (ee sound) is also replaced by 'e' (A sound ) when it would precede an 'i' (also an ee sound). The comon conjunction 'o' (hard O sound) is exchanged for an 'u' (oo sound) when it precedes another 'o', so that the matching sounds do not blend togather. Much as either 'a' or 'an' could be used in English.


Hello, do you use "En" for every time you say, a?


No, sometimes you use "Ett".

Example: ett strå (a straw)


In most of the examples I've seen so far, ett is used in the place of "an" (like, before a vowel). Is there a method to using ett in some places where en seems more appropriate?


En and en, any difference?


no,, but I am new to swedish so maybe


Capitalization, like in English, indicates a name or the start of a sentence. En and en are both accepted if capitalization doesn't matter. I wish they'd remove capitalization from these lessons so it doesn't give away the first word of the sentence half the time.

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    in every language i am doing: a. I hear two different sentences and they are not the same b. the sentence i hear is not the same as the sentence I read

    there is a problem in Duo Lingo now I write this: april 9th 19


    Man said man in English and en said a in English


    Is difficult to diferenciate between the future and face of man and woman. Look so similar


    Jag är en man. I am a man


    The voice said "en man". I was asked to write what they said. I accidentally wrote "a man" because that's how my mind perceived the phrase without thinking about it. Shouldn't that be a good thing and be accepted as an answer? Aren't I supposed to be translating it naturally?


    Dutch is een but this en


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