Swedish has two so called pitch accents, many two-syllable words have a melody with two tonal peaks (it goes up in pitch on both syllables), making it sound double-stressed to many learners, but to a Swedish ear, the second syllable is unstressed.
When the different pitch accents occur is something one has to learn but it’s not necessary in order to be understood. These two words mean ”the spirit” and ”the duck” respectively in Stockholm Swedish.
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Can u tell me what the xp numbers mean? What does the score inside the medal mean? And why Swedish does not display a fluency percentage but Spanish does?
en anka is a domesticated duck and en and is a wild one. So they're both ducks, but there's a difference.
Hej, here is another example but in french/swedish/english
( Lièvre et Lapin ) mean:
Lièvre = Hare ( domesticated rabbit )
Lapin = Kanin ( the wild one )
So both are rabbits but different :P
Hmm. Hares (harar) and rabbits (kaniner) belong to the same family, Leporidae; nevertheless, they are different species, just as much as, say, sheep and goats. So hares are not rabbits and rabbits are not hares. Besides which, it is rabbits, not hares, which are commonly domesticated (though there are plenty of wild rabbits too, of course). If domesticated hares exist they must be very rare creatures. Certainly I've never seen one!
One question. Why do some words with definite article have 'an' at the end. I mean älgen björnen have 'en' at the end and ankan 'an'. Why is that?
Edit: Ok, I can see now that words ending with 'a' will have 'an' definite article. But are there any exceptions?
Swedish doesn't allow double vowels, so nouns ending with vowels just have an n or a t added onto the end.
We do have double vowels in noun endings in monosyllabic words: te -> teet, bi -> biet etc.
Good point, there are exceptions, but generally the "no double vowels" rule holds up pretty well (at least until you start looking at compound words).