I can't quite grasp the difference in the pronunciation between man and män. Sounds so similar to me!
This is just my opinion, but if you listen very closely "Män", almost sounds like the english Men. And "Man" sounds more like the english Man.
I suggest going to google translate, setting input language to Swedish and entering "Man. Män. Man. Män.", then click the little speaker icon and listen to the difference.
Worth noting about the letter ä is that when pronounced as a short vowel it sounds like a short e. For example the Swedish word for but - "men" - sounds exactly like the Swedish word for men - "män".
iv it was man it woukd be man but it put a ä in there so the ä makes it män wich means men.
If someone could offer an IPA transcription? What I'm hearing is [mən] or [man] for man, and [mɛn] for män.
By the apostrophe, do you mean that there are two syllables, the second one consisting of only [n] and being stressed?
the apostrophe indicates that it's stressed but lol I looked back at this and realized they were unimportant
Usually the apostrophe precedes the stressed syllable. For instance in the English "men" we would write it ['mɛn] (except that there is only one syllable, so it’s useless to write that it’s stressed). So if you write the apostrophe before the n, it would mean that the [n] is a syllable on its own and is stressed. It looks a bit weird but it could be the case.
Is there a difference in pronunciation between "män" is Swedish and "men" in English?
For the last question, no. There doesn't seem to be. And really? I was taught that the apostrophe precedes the vowel (which still indicates that my usage of the apostrophe here is incorrect). Hmm...
Thanks! Yep, the apostrophe is before the stressed syllable (see on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Phonetic_Alphabet#Suprasegmentals or on a random word in any English dictionary, for instance http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/because ). Of course it may be the case that the stressed syllable begins with a vowel.
Could be either men or husbands, but to read it as the latter you'd usually need context to indicate that, for example deras män - their husbands, or hennes man - her husband.
So how does the a with the little dots on them pronounced? (Sorry, I can't type that alphabet on my phone.)
Nope, mannen is the singular definite, and män is the plural indefinite.
Singular: en man, mannen
Plural: män, männen