I actually reported a problem and said that they should have a list of words we learned and what they mean. (Not much of a problem but still) I also said after three or five times of seeing a word, you shouldn't be able to check what it means so you have to remember it more. (I don't even know how many dislikes this will get, lol.)
Definite articles are confusing me. The whole Swedish language is confusing to me, but why is this "the rice" as opposed to just "rice"?
I sometimes wish Duo would spend a little more effort in providing a background rather than just testing us on our skills.
So far in Swedish I'm guessing a lot...and I'm actually surprised by how often I'm right, but I'm also often wrong.
Swedish nouns frequently have different forms in the definite and the indefinite. For instance:
- ris = rice
- riset = the rice
Countable nouns also typically have different forms for singular and plural definites:
- pojke = boy
- pojken = the boy
- pojkar = boys
- pojkarna = the boys
I can't open them at the moment, but isn't all this in the lesson notes?
What I can conclude is that the "en" and "ett" part always stay with the word they go with, even in "the" and "a" cases. It would just depend on
~ ETT ~ "De har ETT djure" > They have an animal "Han tycker om ETT äpple" > He likes an apple (lol sorry (/.))
So with this in mind, the "ett" should go in the end.
"De har djurET" > They have the animal "Han tycker om äpplet" > He likes the apple
~ EN ~ "Det är EN älg" > That is a moose "Vi älskar EN anka" > We love a duck
"Det är djuret" > That is the moose "Vi älskar ankan" > We love the duck
So if this is right, then "Ett brev" should be "Brevet" "En bok" should be "Boken" and so on (/.) hope I helped
All Swedish vowels can be pronounced in a short or a long way. It's not unlike e.g. the English word "lava" where you have a slightly longer initial a and then a shorter, staccato-like a. These also frequently affect which consonants you use, which is what 4oYBIxtO is talking about. The consonants aren't usually called long and short, but it's the same principle since it depends on whether they're preceded by a long or a short vowel.