Is this actually how it's pronounced?
Nope, the -an at the end should be short vowel, not long. This is correct:
Is this how "sk-" is pronounced generally?
Only when it is followed by the hard vowels: e,i,y,ä or ö. In this case skö. :)
I just noticed that you have a typo, you wrote 'hard vowels' but you mean soft vowels.
Hard vowels are a o u å – SK sounds like SK before those
Soft vowels are e i y ä ö – SK sounds like [ɧ] before them
So the literal translation is "shield" "toad". Which is think is almost as awesome as fladdermus being "flutter" "mouse" for bat.
The pronontiation is a bit tough
It's very similar to Dutch's 'schildpad'.
Why is there so much focus on learning how to say turtle in this app?
How to pronoune that? It is a very difficult word. All I hear is "fnpadan".
How is Turtle wrong and the turtle right?
"Sköldpadda" is "Turtle"
"Sköldpaddan" is "The turtle"
I'm having a hard time figuring this one out, is the Sk sound in Swedish similar to the Chet sound in Hebrew?
Hej, I don't know if you're still wondering but here's a video that's helped me a lot.
It's more like an old fashioned English "wh" as in "where". (But not quite.)
I cannot hear the definite article -n ending; it sounds like jusr "sköldpadda. Is there a difference in how they are said?