Well, that makes a lot more sense than "you are a newspaper", which was my guess.
There's no real reason for genders, but most words ending in -ing are en words.
Could this be used as a question also, or is there a required change in form? In English, for example, we might ask someone, "you have a newspaper?" even if we should technically say, "do you have a newspaper?." I suppose I'm asking about common usage in Sweden rather than actual rules.
No, to make it a question you have to change the word order - "Har du en tidning?"
When I listen to "har" on Duolingo I hear hor(l) (the l is my way of saying its a curly r). However speaking to my friend who is swedish from Gothenburg he says its pronounced how its spelt, I hear him say har(l). I checked forvo and the 2 recordings on it sound different to me, one like hor(l) and one like har(l). But my friend says they sound the same to him. Could anyone help on this? Just to clarify, I use british letter pronunciation.
It is pronounced with an "a" but in some dialects it could have a hint of "o" in it.
According to wiktionary, the "d" in "tidning" is silent, can a native speaker please confirm this?
Yes, most of the time it is silent. If you speak slowly you might pronounce the "d"
Omg, im going to lindsborg soon for millfest! i thought it would be fun to learn how to speak swedish before i go into the place mt grwat great great grandma helped build! Fun fact, she is in a museum at lindsborg, so she is famous there!