This probably wouldn't help everybody, but I remembered it through the English word "tiding", which is arhaic for news and there probably is a historical connection between the words. It also helps that I am a Lord of the Rings fan and Gandalf says he brings tidings to Denethor in the Return of the King film :)
It is, but the grammatical gender doesn't refer to the natural gender. There used to be three (sometimes pretty random) grammatical genders, masculine, feminine and neuter (pretty much like in German, where newspapers are feminine, newspaper articles masculine and magazines neuter). However in Swedish, masculine and feminine were merged into a common gender, so today there's only the common ("en") and the neuter gender ("ett") left.
Unfortunetaly, you can't tell which word has which grammatical gender. You have to learn the gender with every noun. Inanimate objects can be common gender (like "tidning"), living creatues can be neuter gender (like "djur") - and vice versa.
/Native speakers, feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!
'en' is relative to the English "a", and 'ett' is relative to the English "an" (from what I understand so far). I remember which is which by these steps: 1 - Newspaper is proceeded by "a" in English (example: I have a newspaper) 2 - "a" is the shorter of the a/an combo 3 - therefore I use 'en' (the shorter of the en/ett combo) 4 - answer = en tidning
@Owain805008: Those "two groups of words" are genders. The word gender has a different meaning in linguistics than it does in biology; you must understand this. Grammatical genders are classes of nouns that are reflected in the behavior of associated words, such as adjectives, determiners, and pronouns. That's precisely what "en-ord" and "ett-ord" are: two different noun classes that affect the inflection of associated words, otherwise known as genders.
This is already getting a bit confusing for me. I've read that 'de' is actually 'dom' and 'tidning' is actually pronounced without the D. So are the pronunciations duolingo is giving wrong? Like, if I go to Sweden am I gonna sound stupid for pronouncing it 'de' instead of 'dom'?
Pronouncing everything, even in words where Swedes commonly drop consonants when speaking, is never wrong. If ever in doubt, pronounce everything. Swedes will understand you just fine and won't think you sound stupid - if we react at all we'll just think you're enunciating clearly.
De/dem being pronounced as "dom" is universal so you probably should just learn it, but if you get it wrong and pronounce them as they're written you'll still be perfectly intelligible so don't worry too much.
There is an old Swedish word "tidener" meaning news, and I think that's the word related to "tidings" - but it's possible that this old Swedish word played a part in making the word "tidning" popular ("nyheter" is the modern Swedish word for news, and there are a lot of Swedish newspapers having "nyheter" in their names today).
tidender, with another d, but yes - that and tidning are both derived in similar ways from tid. It's a little unclear whether the English "tiding" is a direct cognate or whether it developed separately, but either way they definitely came about with similar meanings in the same manner. :)
Hey i am living in Sweden and I asked my coleagues what is the difference between tidning and nyheter and they said, the former is for all kind of paper (material wise) and nyheter is newspaper only. A tidning actually is more frequent used in the context of a magazine while nyheter is the correct one. Well now I'm a little confused
Nyheter means news, and we would not refer to a newspaper as nyheter. We do refer to TV news as "nyheterna", just as you would in English. You could say that you're "reading the news" ("läser nyheterna") if you're reading a newspaper, though that would refer to the news printed in the paper, rather than the newspaper itself.
Tidning can mean newspaper, magazine or comic book. If you want to specify the kind, you can prefix it to specify, for example:
Kvällstidning - Evening paper
Morgontidning - Morning paper
Serietidning - Comic book