Are there lots of turtles in Sweden? These exercises seem to be very keen on the term..
No wild turtles in Sweden anymore. There were some, until the marshier parts of southern Sweden were drained and claimed for agriculture about 100 years ago, destroying their habitats.
Apparently. If you search for "sköld" and "padda" separately on Google, you get a shield and a toad respectively.
So the pronunciation of the Swedish K when paired with vowels ä e ö y is a "shwa" sound? Are there other vowels or dipthongs that make the K behave this way?
Schwa is a vowel sound, that K cannot have in Swedish. However, the Swedish K is pronounced /ɕ/ before the so-called soft vowels of E, I, Y, Ä and Ö.
The contractions are supposed to be generated automatically by Duo, but sometimes that doesn't work as it should.