The voice is not quite perfect on this sentence, as of May 10th, 2018, so I've taken the liberty of re-recording it.
Most sentences I record have obvious errors, or ones that change meaning or flow completely. This is not the case here. In fact, no word is incorrectly pronounced - but there is an issue of mixing styles which is worth addressing.
Most Swedes will pronounce det without the final t, and är as just e. The more literally faithful pronunciations are mostly considered formal. And while there are certainly dialectal and sociolectal differences, it's quite uncommon to mix pronunciations as the voice does here.
Broadly speaking, if you shorting det är to de e, you can use either of the common pronunciations of e - but again, you're unlikely to mix them. So I've made four recordings in one file, as follows:
- First, the "e" pronounciation of e.
- Second, the "ä" pronounciation of e, which is never used in isolation but frequently in words.
- The full phrase, using the first vowel version.
- The full phrase again, now using the second vowel version. (This is the one I'd use personally, but it's neither better nor worse than the other.)
I hope you'll find this helpful. :)
Please find a correct recording on http://duolingo.vydea.io/34ff058de7274a8ba58d68b8961243bc.mp3
For more info on re-recordings, please check the info thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23723515
Thanks for listening. Ha en bra dag! :)
I made a similar mistake, hearing "de" instead of "det"... but the tell is "mitt" is singular, versus "mina" for plural. So, to say "those are my children" would be "de är mina barn"
Children here are singular. You can tell by the use of mitt, since it'd be mina if it was plural.
Calling person it might sound very objectifying, but there's nothing strange about using det as a formal subject for people like in the sentence here. After all, formal subjects don't really mean much anyways.
Is "r" in barn ever audible? I think I read somewhere that the accent around Gothenburg puts more stress on the "r", so I'm just asking...
Unless you're from southern Sweden, The RN combination is a single sound, a retroflex N.
In English it should be (he/she is my child) "IT/IT IS" is used for non living things.
The TTS seems to pronounce "är" differently whether you tap the word alone or play the whole sentence. Is it like "are" or "air"? (in American English)
The R is normally silent, and the Ä is just a long E or Ä sound. (Think of the vowel in the words "deer" and "air")
Do people actually refer to their own child as it? I know it's gender-neutral, but wouldn't the parent just say he or she?
Would anyone call their child "it"? Is this a weird sentence or is it just me?
Are there any special rules for some specific words and their pronounciation? Like "de" which, as long as I know, is pronounced "dom" and that is because of historial reasons. Anyway, my question here goes to "det", which I seem to hear as "de". Again, I don't know if I am right, or if it is just a weird thing of the tts, but it seems that some words loose their coda (ending consonant).
det ar = it is .doesn't ,matter of what or whom your are speaking of. It is neuter., It is like in French ' c'est mon fils, c'est ma fille, c;'est mon chien, c'est ma chatte, etc etc. or in German Das ist mein Sohn, das ist meine Tochter, das ist mein Hund, das ist meine Katze us. Or Spanish es mi hijo, es mi hija, es mi perro, es mi gata . The same in plural :ce sont mes fils, mes filles, etc. das sind meine Soehne., meine Toechter, son mis hijos.... mis hijas..., I don't see anything discriminating here.
Shouldn't be "han/hon/de är mitt barn"? Or a single child can be seen as "det"?
What is the difference between "min" (ex. Min katt) and "mitt" (ex. Mitt barn)?
Different genders - you use min for en-words and mitt for ett-words.
No, we use mitt because that's the singular first-person possessive pronoun.
In this case, mitt is the singular form so it can't be more than one.
So it is mitt because the first word ends in T? I thought it would be min because the object (barn) ends with n?
Unfortunately, the gender of a noun can't be reliably decided by its last letter. For instance, barn is an ett-word. That's why it's mitt.