I would not say that "ni" is formal singular. Most older Swedes consider "ni" a status marker and think it is extremely rude to use it since it implies that we are not equals. It is a common misconception by younger Swedes that "ni" is/has been formal.
OK, thanks for that. What I put was how it was taught to me, so that is interesting. The only time I really came across ni in the singular when I was in Sweden was in letters from the broadband company and similar. Maybe Bahnhof thinks it is better than me :)
Yes some companies also use it due to influences from other countries, but they really shouldn't according to me and most Swedes.
Since I cannot reply to your message underneath, I just hope that you'll see this either way.
The reason why I put a question mark after "Bahnhof" above was because I didn't understand what Sycamore meant. I know that "Bahnhof" means "railway station" in German, but it is not a Swedish word.
We say "järnvägsstation" or some people might even say "tågstation".
Btw. Does Bahnhof have the same meaning as in German (railway station)? Thank you in advance.
I can't believe that this is totally the opposite of how Esperanto was design! XD In Esperanto: (Ni = we) and (Vi = you), but in Swedish: (Ni = you) and (Vi = we)
No, it is not. But if you speak fast it can be hard to hear the difference between "kvinnor" and "kfinnor" :).
Does the initial 'k' (in kvinnor, kvinna, etc...) sound like italian "ci", or portughese "tchi"? Or is it just me?
In the audio for this one, I'm hearing a 'v' sound between 'Ni' and 'är'. Should I be pronouncing one, too, or am I mis-hearing it?
So "ni" can be like (in French) "tu" and also "vous"? One word for both singular and plural?
Ni är kvinnor = You are women \/* plural *\/
Du är en kvinna = You are a woman \/* singular *\/
Okay, I'm saying and don't care how many don't like it... this "audio" is the worst of any of the many languages I've studied so far. Good luck trying to make out Ni, Vi, Du, De, and so many other slurred sounds they run together if all you hear is this horrible computer generated audio.