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ÄNTLIGEN!!!

We are extremely proud to present to you the fourth incubated language course from English; Swedish! It has been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs, but finally the day has arrived to launch the Beta version of the course. As it is a Beta version, the course might still be a bit rough around the edges, but please be patient and continue reporting any problems that you encounter so that we can polish and improve the course.

The Swedish forum, which will be monitored by Anrui, Arnauti, Anders91 & Blehg, can be found among the other forums and you can post in this new forum by going to Swedish Discussions and clicking the green button New discussion. Make sure you follow Duolingo’s guidelines at all times! Posts that are not in line with the guidelines will be removed.

We have provided tips & notes for several skills. However, since the course has just been launched, tips & notes for some skills are still missing. Please, bear with us as we will add these over the coming weeks. If you run into problems and the tips & notes don’t provide the answers you need, there are always helpful members just a few clicks away in the forums and threads.

We, the Swedish team, are very well aware of the problems with the TTS (Text-To-Speech) system which has been implemented so far. We are trying desperately to find a better solution, but unfortunately, it seems to be quite difficult to integrate other TTS systems. Until we have figured out how to employ another TTS, we encourage you to report all sentences that seem to be badly pronounced. We have been forced to disable the voice function in many cases since we do not want to teach incorrect pronunciation. However, a few common words have been kept even though their pronunciation is not entirely correct.

The first one is “De” which means “They”. Even though the words is spelled “de”, it is pronounced “dom” in all cases. The objective pronoun “dem” (them) is also pronounced “dom”, but at least the TTS gets this right!

Another example is “är” which means “is”. The TTS pronounces this in the way people in the region around Stockholm would, i.e. “é”. There is a lot of variation in the country when it comes to the pronunciation of this word, but the pronunciation that is closest to a standard is “är” (as it is spelled), therefore we would suggest that you stick to that even though the TTS says otherwise.

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/Anders91, Anrui, Arnauti & Blehg

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