Tack. And are there other contexts where the "s" sounds the same way, or where other letters are influenced by their neighbors in a similar way?
This will happen in most words where you have a cluster of R + those consonants. The R will influence and merge with following S, N, T and/or D, and for some dialects L too (although that's rare). That's why the part of Stockholm called Hornstull will in fact have all of its middle cluster of consonants retroflexed by the R into /ɳʂʈ/, if phonology is your thing.
Also this does not happen in Southern Sweden that uses a ”French” /r/ and not really in Finland either.
I'm looking to reply to Lundgren8's comment "Also this does not happen in Southern Sweden that uses a ”French” /r/ and not really in Finland either," but I don't see a "reply" for that button - so, is that Southern Swedish "French" /r/ like the Danish "r"?
yes! The Southern Swedish and the Danish / French / German /r/ are quite similar! Check out the different "Skånska" / Scanian dialects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc3-AyPLa6I
The Finnish and the Standard Swedish /r/ are the same but in the Finnish variant, you do not merge /r/ with /s/ (nor any other consonant).
The TTS was changed, this was one of the few things the old TTS did better. Actually, most Swedes would make the r and s in pojkar simmar melt together into a retroflex, sh-like sound, so you should have heard it here… but the new Voice swallows the r instead.
Does många always refer to people, or could you say e.g. "Jag äter många äpplen"?
Since this sentence could be interpreted as either "how many boys are swimming?" or "how many boys swim?", is there a way to distinguish the two in Swedish?
Does "många" sounds like monga with a very light g? Or sounds like monya where G sounds as "ya"?
"Ng" together is a special sound, the same as the English "ng" in "sing.
mycket is used for uncountable nouns: mycket vatten
många is used for countable nouns: många katter
mycket can also be an adverb:
han är mycket glad - he is very happy