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.'
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?
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?
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.
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.
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?