"Fågeln dricker vatten."

Translation:The bird is drinking water.

February 1, 2015

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I'm just a bit lost on verb conjugation for this one. I'm thinking things ending in -en are translated as "the ____". So "vatten" would be "the water". Why would translating this as The bird is drinking the water be incorrect? thanks!


vatten is actually the base form, and it is an ett word. So it's like this:
vatten, vattnet and plural vatten, vattnen


i just dont understand something all words get -en at the end but the fågeln didnt took that -en why ?????


This is something that happens to words ending in –el, –en, and –er.
socker but sockret – 'sugar, the sugar'
vatten but vattnet – 'water, the water'
Basically I guess at some point in history our language decided those words were too long and uncomfortable to say, so it took a shortcut. :)


why not "the bird drinks water"?


i think it means that as well but with animals it seems like "is drinking" is the usual translation


I cant hear the 'n' in fågel. It is just the TTS being silly again, or is the difference between 'fågel' och 'fågeln' actually that subtle?


Usually in words that end in -LN, it's assimilated into simply -N in spoken language.


I can hear it. If you want to hear the two side by side and a bit slower, there is always the TTS engine in Google Translate. Ignore its dodgy translation though.


You're right, I can't hear it either, and I can usually tell when someone says "Fågel" or "Fågeln"


How do you pronounce the a?


å is pronounced as the 'o' in more with a sort of 'a' at the end.


it is pronounce like the british aw in claw


When you have "dricker" in the middle of the sentence, You can say "Dricke'"? In the audio sounds that she drops off the R letter of the word DrickeR


While the cat sneaks up behind him......


Fageln === the birds...au pluriel,??


Maybe it's just my speakers, but the voice on this one is really hard to discern. I can only hear the difference between fågeln and fågel if i press the slow verson, but I can distinguish every other word on the course so far just fine.

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