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why does it pronounce de as de and not dom

i already speak swedish nearly fluently, so this is mostly for fun on my part, but why does the voice pronounce the third person plural pronoun as de and not dom? i know it can be confusing in real life, seeing "de" and hearing "dom" and all, but it's kind of confusing to learn it as "de" and not as "dom" as well, and could cause more confusion later.

i dunno!

December 29, 2014

6 Comments


[deactivated user]

    It's a known error with text-to-speech (TTS) for Swedish that hasn't been fixed yet. The Swedish team knows about it. Unfortunately we will have to live with it until it can be fixed.

    December 29, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/klausenhauser

    i agree!

    December 30, 2014

    https://www.duolingo.com/antspants01

    I wonder if they'll ever change the spelling to reflect the pronunciation? Do Swedish youth ever write "dom" or is there a movement for some to pronounce it as de?

    January 9, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/Lundgren8

    Yeah, there’s a movement to change the spelling to dom, you see it discussed now and then. As zehlyi mentioned it was quite popular in the 70s, but then became out of fashion. You see it now and then. .

    January 14, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/antspants01

    That's interesting and also a neat picture. I guess it's not too bad considering English is littered with words that make no sense :D Swedish can have at least one! Hehe

    January 14, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/zehlyi

    I've seen people write both de and dem as dom, which is helpful since it's a little tricky to remember which is which when they're pronounced the same way! I think back in the 60s and 70s they were thinking of changing it in another spelling reform (maybe with säga to säja and some others), but I've mostly seen it when people are typing informally.

    January 14, 2015
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