I always have to remember to be careful with "ficka". Read this as "the jacket has a girl"!
After half an hour with clothes-vocabulary, I understand "Jag kan ha en fika". ok - I need a pause now.
Hahahahaha i made the same mistake of translating "ficka" as girl. After sentences such as "the dog is eating the cat" this one didn't seem so weird LOL
Glad I wasn't going out to pocket with the exchange student two years ago, it was beginning to sound like some sort of euphemism.
Yes, both are stressed on the first syllable so it's actually FI-ka and FICK-a. In fika, the i is long and the k short; in ficka, the i is short and the k sound long. For people who only speak Russian, the big problem of course is the difference between long and short syllables, but since you're also a native speaker of German, that's not a problem for you.
All two syllable words in Swedish have either akut accent (= accent I) or grav accent (aka accent II), but the difference is rarely distinctive. In some dialects, they are never distinctive. In some cases, which accent a word has also varies between different dialects.
fika is accent 1 and ficka is accent 2, but in reality you can ignore that – the most important difference between fika and ficka is the respective length of the vowel and consonant.
I'd also like to recommend the great videos by blehg, there's a list here where you can find a link to a great one about pitch accent: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6502614
To me as a native Russian and German speaker they sound identically stressed, since "our" (both Russian and German) stress depends on "accoustic intensity" - ie loudness and distinctive pronounciation, rather than tonal features, that Swedish seems to be using in some cases. That's where my question comes from.
Tack så mycket för hjälpen!
I think this is crucial knowledge for beginning learners of Swedish. Had I known this in the beginning, I would have memorized the accent with the word from start... (Though I think I can remember most of the pitch 2 words my friend uses frequently, since they have a very distinct sound)