Is it correct to say, "That is a bear,"? I found it a bit odd to say "It is a bear," but I was marked wrong when saying "That is a bear." Also, I typed "That's a bear," so it could be the contraction that causes it.
For most cases, "it" is a better translation than "that". To say "that's a bear" a more proper translation would be to use demonstrative pronoun "det där" to say "det där är en björn".
Thanks for explaining, "that" makes sense now.
Np. Hopefully you'll get the hang of it as you progress further.
What is the pronunciation on 'Det' here? Is it sort of a "Deh' sound?
Yes, the T in "det" is silent (even when emphasized).