Is "Ja" supposed to sound a lot like "Jag", do they sound the same or do I just have hearing problems
They do sound similar but not the same if you say it like school book swedish. To make it even more confusing, in everyday talking you often pronounce 'Ja' (yes) as 'a' and 'Jag' (I) as 'ja'.
het antwoord op je vraag is vies het antwoord op je vraag is smerig het antwoord op je vraag is ja ja ja ja ja
actually i am german but gotta enjoy this too as we "germanics" all say ja with english being the odd man out lol
Is the 'j' sometimes silent in this? I watch The Bridge (Swedish version), and they often seem to say what sounds like a short "ah" to mean yes. Is that like saying 'yeah' rather than 'yes' in English?
Sometimes the j is silent. Giving it some thought, I probably say it like this most of the time.
Yes, like @Chockrosa said, it is usually said like that in casual speech. Its the same word, its just pronounced differently.
Sometimes the Swedish j is a little bit ’stronger’ (it’s a fricative rather than an approximant in phonetic terms), then it’s similar to Spanish y. But it’s optional.
"Ja" is also "yes" in my language (Slovenian) and it's pronounced the same as in German. After listening to the recording a couple of times I've also noticed a slight difference. It's like there's some air released while pronouncing the "j" sound, or at least that's what it seems like to me. :/
I suspect that it's more likely due to the technical imperfection, if wiktionary is correct.
Here are more: http://el.forvo.com/search/ja%20tack/sv/ It has both: "JA", "kan JAG få notan tack". They are almost the same since JAG is pronounced without G, but the vowel sound A is shorter than in JA. You can of course also pronounce JAG with the G sound in the end. Then the vowel A is longer.
The vowel also seems to be slightly different between Swedish and German; phonetically speaking, the Swedish a seems further back in the mouth ( /jɑ/ as opposed to /ja/ ).
It sounds like "yo". I checked Google translate and it pronounces the same.
is there anyone who could explain me the differnt pronunciation of 'ja' & 'jag' ? because it sounds extremly similar to me...
There usually is no difference :)
Most often, jag is pronounced just the same as ja. Sometimes you can hear the g in jag, but in ordinary speech, you usually can't.
I was about to ask the same :P thanks a lot. I'm guessing the exclamation point isn't necessary ask the time isn't it?
I hold the a a little bit longer in jag and pronouce the g a little bit but maybe its just me
Correct! The only difference is the pronunciation can be slightly different, but it is correct.
so, there's no difference in pronouncing "Ja" or "ah" ? can both of them be used in the same context? I had come to think that one says "ah" when asked a simple yes or no question, and "Ja" when the answer is affirmative but giving further information, but maybe that's just my idea. i.e.: -Are you OK? - ah -Are you hurt? - Ja, I hit my head.
No difference really. Saying "ja" and "aa" both work fine in spoken Swedish. Always write it as "ja" though.
oh thanks!! but i didn't know how to write the phonetics. this is regarding a past comment when they say sometimes JA is pronounced like YA and some others like AH in casual speech. Actually I hear it as "Ah?" with a questioning tone. But thanks a lot, all the ones in the link pronounce it the same so I guess there is no big difference.