"En människa"

Translation:A human

December 15, 2014



Why is this pronounced "manisha"? Isn't "A" a hard vowel? I'm talking about the combination SK

May 3, 2015


The dots above 'A (a)' , changes the hard vowel into a soft vowel = Ä (ä). It's an umlaut (german expression), often used for conjugations, like when the singular "man" becomes the plural "män", or as in human beings = Människor (but here also the singular is soft = en människa)

June 12, 2015


But the question being raised by Alejandro is not about the umlauted ä following the m, it is about the A at the end of the word, which has no umlaut and remains a hard vowel, yes? From Swedish grammar rules, it would seem that whether you see the preceding consonant as K or an SK combination, the last syllable would be pronounced "skah." Or is this one of those exceptions that simply must be learned? BTW, what is an umlaut called på svenska?

April 29, 2018


Is this pronounced "maniSHa" or "maniFWa"? I have heard both.

April 26, 2015


It's really a dilalect thing manisha is a Norrland thing and less commen in most of Sweden I would say mainihwa is more commen but your right both are said.

May 1, 2015


So if I go to Stockholm and Göteborg speaking the "sk"s with "sh"s people won't find it laughable? Portuguese is my native language, I speak english, I am learning german and swedish, and once I even tried to learn russian, but I got to be honest, I had never found a sound in these languages that I couldn't pronounce even very slowly... until I find this swedish "sk" sound! XD XD XD

March 25, 2019


"Human"? Really???? Not "a person"? What would "a person" be?

December 15, 2014


"en person" :)

December 15, 2014


Both are correct and both can be used to answer this now. :)

December 30, 2014


I learned recently that "mens" (människa på nederlandska) cannot be used in Dutch always like it can in German to refer to a person and in some cases just sounds wrong. Is that the same case with Swedish, or can I ALWAYS refer to a person as en människa? For example, den tyska människan? Or would that be the German human?

February 17, 2015


Well, mens in Swedish means period, as in the kind women have, which may be useful to know. About människa, it's a bit complex I think. We use person somewhat less than they do in English. In Russian, they talk a lot about 'the Russian human' in a way that is not natural in Swedish (when discussing how Russian people act and think). Like in your example, it's not grammatically wrong to say den tyska människan, but we rarely use that construction. It's more natural to say either something like den tyska killen/tjejen or tysken/tyskan if you're speaking about one specific person, or, if you're speaking about Germans in general, use the plural tyskar instead.

As an interjection, Människa! works pretty much the same as Mensch! in German. Suitable when you're upset.

Another interesting thing about människa, which I'm not sure we're teaching in the course, is that it is one of the extremely few words (maybe the only one left) which can be said to still have feminine gender, in the sense that if you ever need a pronoun for människan, it should be hon. Authentic example: Herr talman! Så länge människan har funnits här på jorden har hon förorenat. 'Mr President, for as long as mankind has been here on earth, he has been polluting.'

In some dialects, en människa is only used to refer to a female person.

tl;dr You cannot always refer to a person as en människa in Swedish, sometimes it will sound odd.

February 17, 2015


Really interesting. Seems that even ancient swedes have had a drop of feminism :)

April 28, 2015


The gender of Dutch 'mens' is interesting too. The utrum form 'de mens' denotes both males and females, but there is also a neutrum form 'het mens' which only refers to women :) And we have the same interjection Mens! -- or even: Alle mensen!

August 9, 2017


I don't fully understand what you mean with "cannot be used in Dutch always". It is somewhat context depended, but it's the preferred Dutch word to translate the English word "person". A kind person, I would definitely translate to "een goed mens" or "een aardig mens". "Een aardige persoon" does not sound as natural, though it's not wrong.

In general it's better to say "mens" then "persoon" in Dutch.

January 8, 2017


So would this be the same as “human the adjective"? Would "bara människa" be correct?

June 19, 2015


en människa = a human being (noun). But yes, we can say 'bara människa', meaning 'bara en människa' = I am just human/just a human being.

June 19, 2015



June 20, 2015


What is the sound before the a? Is it the sj sound, and do the regular rules for sj sounds apply?

September 15, 2016


The sound of this exercise sounds almost exactly the same than the audio in Wiktionary: https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/m%C3%A4nniska It seems like the same person recorded both audios. :)

August 6, 2018


"Jag är inte en människa. Det här är bara en dröm, och snart vaknar jag." - Per Yngve Ohlin

March 25, 2019


This sounds like Sanskrit’s Manushya

April 10, 2019


Why not `a man' to quote a dictionary: a member of the species Homo sapiens or all the members of this species collectively, without regard to sex

August 22, 2015


probably because "man" most generally means an adult male whereas "human" is distinctly any person of the human species. you wouldn't say "i know that man" if you saw a women you knew, would you? You'd most likely say something closer to, "I know that person" or "I know here"

October 2, 2015


Of course, there are always subtle differences of the usage but we are not here to discuss it. We talk about the language and the dictionary states it clearly doesn't it?

April 30, 2018


Obvious agenda is obvious.

It’s confusing to English learners and young people, it’s becoming obsolete, language changes, let it go.

August 22, 2018


So you are for changing mankind to humankind.

August 22, 2018
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