January 14, 2015



(en kvinna - kvinnan - kvinnor =
a woman - the woman - women)


How would you say "the women" then?


Why does man just use "ä" to pluralize, while woman completely changes a few letters?


I think it's kind of a "that's just the way it is". The same way we English speakers pluralize "man" to "men" but "boy" becomes "boys", and "fungus" becomes "fungi".


Actually, "fungus" is those Latin words that come into English. It has a rule. Second Declension Latin nouns that are masculine get "us" in the Nominative Singular, and an "ī" in the Nominative Plural. Of course, those were the only things the English language copied. Otherwise, normal sentences would be, "the man ate the fungum."


Wasn't it maybe something from the old Germanic languages (the ones before German and English and swedishand such)? I know that if you write ä in normal letter, it's then bassicly ae, so in English man changes to men for plural, and in Swedish man changes to män/maen, which bassicly seems to be the sam in singular and almost the same in plural. That's my opinion but I might be wrong


Sounds very plausible! Also in German singular "Mann" becomes "Männer", so you also have the "ä" in there.


In Proto-Germanic, the plural of mann (man) was manniz. The second vowel I then affected the A-sound to become an E-/Ä-sound. Over time, Swedish and English came to drop the ending -ir, while German kept it as Männer in the plural.

This sound change is also visible in a few other words as well, one of them being the English/Swedish/German words goose, gås and Gans having the umlaut plural forms geese, gäss and Gänse due to the Proto-Germanic plural form gansiz.


{en man - a man; mannen - the man; män - men; männen - the men} {en kvinna - a woman; kvinnan - the woman; kvinnor - women; kvinnorna - the women} {en flicka - a girl; flickan - the girl; flickor - girls; flickorna - the girls} {en pojke - a boy; pojken - the boy; pojkar - boys; pojkarna - the boys}

Is that correct?!


Yes, that is correct.


I, as a native Spanish speaker literally hear "Kwinnol" like the R at the end is pronounced like a L. Is this the case?


I'm hearing that "l" too! So "nope" means "yes, it's in the audio, but it's not how you should speak it" ?


No, I mean that's how an r can very well sound in Swedish. The audio is correct, and it's definitely an r.


Thank you! that helps a lot :)


I'm a little confused - sometimes it sounds like the "v" is being pronounced but sometimes it isn't???


Its always pronounsed but you say it like a soft v


How to we say the women? Is it kvinnoran?


The women = kvinnorna. But you will get the hang of it once you advance further in the course.


In making plurals, kvinna becomes kvinnor. But häst becomes hästar and hund becomes hundar. Why is one or and the other ar? Any rules governing that?


The plural endings depend largely on the word's declension. This is a great page about those: https://www.thelocal.se/blogs/theswedishteacher/2010/07/28/plural-endings/


Page not found


Unfortunately, The Local have removed all of her blog posts. You can usually find copies at archive.org, though.


Since Swedes apparently pronounce soft r's, does that mean that whenever a word ends on r you are supposed to let it sort of drift off like the v in the word brev?


So, the "o" here tends to sound like "u" (as in full)?


This game is broken It is not nice and broken


Sorry but it's Kvinna not Kvonna or another okay? I can't speek perfect Swedish but that not okay! I don't like this! #Dislike


I can't pronounce this word!! It's too hard though


I could not hear the voice... the listening sections do not work any more. Why?

Noun/s A Noun The Noun Nouns The Nouns
Girl/s En Flicka Flickan Flickor Flickorna
Woman/en En Kvinna Kvinnan Kvinnor Kvinnorna
Man/en En Man Mannen Män Männen
Boy/s En Pojke Pojken Pojkar Pojkarna

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A ‧ Noun ‧ The Noun ‧ Nouns ‧ The Nouns
En Flicka Flickan Flickor Flickorna
En Kvinna Kvinnan Kvinnor Kvinnorna
En Man Mannen Män Männen
En Pojke Pojken Pojkar Pojkarna

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