"Pojken läser ett brev."

Translation:The boy is reading a letter.

November 17, 2014

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I'm struggling to hear the en on the end of pojken - it sounds like pojke. Is anyone else having this problem? I'm just wondering if the difference is very subtle. Is it just a case of it isn't very good to say 'boy reads a letter' so we should know that it is 'the boy reads a letter.'


I can hear the en at the end of pojken. It's just spoken a bit softly.


It's there and obvious to a native Swedish speaker. Maybe it's hard to hear because it's spoken quickly?


Due to a hearing impairment, I cannot distinguish many words, and then they throw in one like turtles that have never come up on my lessons, here or in Sweden. .I am increasing the volume on my speaker and using the slower speech button. Are there others who have hearing impairments?


brev has no sound at the end. Is that mean to be like that?


I am wondering about that as well. At first I thought I was hearing an "m" at the end, but maybe I was imagining it. Could it be that the lower lip does come up and touch the upper teeth, but the air flow stops before we hear the "f" sound? Or, could this just be an artifact of how the audio file was trimmed? Should we emulate this manner of pronunciation?


I hear "brem" as well


I hear a v sound at the end, anyway there should be one.


Its supost to b like that


No it's not, one is supposed to pronounce a v sound at the end of the word.


how do you pronounce brev?


Long e-sound, almost like the e in the word beer. ''Br'' is pronounced like in the word brief. Hope this helped you :D


I noticed the 'e' in 'brev' sounds long, almost like two syllables. (I double-checked on Forvo). Why is it longer than the 'e' in the other words?


There are indeed long and short letter E's in Swedish. These are superbly explained in the video The Swedish Vowels https://youtu.be/hzYArZVTD4s?t=130 (at 2'10").


Does brev also mean letters as in what composes words?


Nope! The kind of letters you find in the alphabet are called "bokstäver" (en bokstav, flera bokstäver).


That is actually very close to the german "Buchstabe", which also means letter


I think en bokstav/bokstäver might be more fitting.


I think "brev" would be similar in etymology to English "brief", meaning a letter with a stamp, the one you send through a post office.


Or the German word for a letter, "Brief"!


What other kinds of letters are there? And "brief" in English does not mean "letter": it means either "short" (as in, not lasting long), when used as an adjective, or as a noun it's a legal term. (or a Papal one).


Why is it "Pojken" and "ett brev", and not "En Pojke" or "Brevett"?


Pojken means "the boy", En pojke means "a boy"


"A letter" translates to "ett brev." If you used "brevet," it would mean "the letter."


The audio is impossible.......


How is "The boy is reading a letter" wrong? The difference between "reads"/"is reading" doesn't matter in the French exercises.


It's not wrong both are correct


What's the difference between "ett" meaning "the" and "ett" meaning "one?" When do you know when to use one or the other?


Ett doesn't mean the, it means a/an or one. The definite article (the) is denoted with the suffix -en/et in Swedish. There's no separate word which directly translates to the; even if the way we use den/det/ett can look confusingly like it when you start out.

Context usually makes the distinction obvious, and if it isn't obvious it probably doesn't matter. In this example the boy is either reading a letter or he's reading one of several letters - unless we want to specify that he has several letters but is only reading one of them it doesn't really matter.


  • The boy reads letters - Pojken läser brev.

  • The boy reads a letter - Pojken läser ett brev.

  • The boy reads one letter - Pojken läser ett brev. (Stress on the word ett when pronouncing).

  • The boy reads the letter - Pojken läser brevet.

  • The boy reads that letter - Pojken läser det brevet.

As you can see in the last example, in English the word that also denotes the definite article (you don't have two say reads that the letter), but in Swedish we still have to add -et at the end of brev to make it clear that we're referring to a specific letter.


In speech, you can hear that the one meaning 'one' is a little more stressed. In the written language, you have to guess from context (both a letter and one letter are accepted answers here, but obviously the first is more likely).


I'll love to get this course in spanish. Bitte.


Can somebody tell me why I can't use the present continuous to translate that sentence?


"The boy is reading a letter" is an accepted answer, actually. What did you put?


That's what I wrote and they didn't accept :(


Must be a bug then - it's clearly correct, and it's accepted in the admin interface. At least you know you did it right!


Tack sa mycket!


Can we just drop the final r sound in the present tense for example läser?
And I have just learned the word väldigt, I just don't hear the g sound in the word, is it simply dropped or I failed to notice it?


While the g before the final t in "väldigt" is completely silent, the final r in present tense verbs such as in "läser" is not exactly dropped. Although it does not sound like the r's in other positions of words, it has a recognizable effect on the vowel before it, of rounding the back of the throat toward the finish, becoming something like an "ö" sound.


What is the difference between Pojken and Pojkar? when do I use when I want to say just boy?


Pojken means the boy and pojkar means boy


I wrote " The boy is reading a letter" , why is it wrong....as far as ive learnt so far there is no difference between present continuous and present


For someone who is learning Swedish only through Duolingo it is really hard to tell when I should use 'ett' and when 'en'.


Should brev be pronounced with the v at the end, or is it silent?


How does one determine when to use ett and en?


One learns it by heart, I'm afraid. There's no simple rule.


Though, if you know a certain noun uses ett or en, it will always use that same one. It's just different for every noun.


I am struggling to properly spell Pojken.


Is "ett/en" supposed to be "a/an" or is it more like "the"?


Did any one else translate this correctly and get told it was incorrect?


What did you enter, and what kind of exercise was it?


Yes. Here with letter and elsewhere with newspapers and magazines despite magazines never being taught to me in a lesson and the translation actually saying newspaper when I hover over it with the mouse.


Hmm something is wrong today. I typed this exact right answer but He told me it was wrong and when it showed me the correct answer it's the same exact thing I typed in. It also showed me a word that has never been used in one of my lessons and another answer that as far as I know does not mean "letter. This also happened in another section that I was reviewing earlier. Next time I will try to remember to report and settle leaving a comment – happening to anybody else?


Is "The boy is reading a newspaper" correct or incorrect? I can't seem to understand the difference in how they are used.


I would personally rather say "the boy is reading a letter". Both are correct translation but different tempus I belive.

The sentence looks more lika a response to a question, like: "what is he/the boy doing?"


I need to learn the pronunciation of the words better but I'm confused about the fact that I keep mixing up the small basic words like is a and it


What's the difference between en and ett?


I hear brem, not brev!

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