Is 'de' pronounced like 'the' or 'don'? There are both pronunciations on forvo.
These are really two different words. But the Swedes can't face that 'de' has, in the spoken language, disappeared in favour of 'dom', and they stubbornly keep writing a word that has passed away.
Well, there is a difference between "de" and "dem" ("de" = they and "dem" = them), but both are pronounced "dom".
Hi. From what I understand so far, "de" is "they" in English, "äter" is "eats or eating" and "bröd is bread". I would think this reads "they eat bread", but it turns out the answer is "they are eating bread". Why?
Also, to say "they are eating bread" would it also be correct to write "De är äter bröd"? Why? Why not?
We don't really have a continuous construction in English like is eating, so äter covers both is eating and eat. 'They eat bread is also an accepted answer here.
"De läser" (laser means the same thing as the English word laser does), but otherwise yes.
My teacher used to say that Swedes use dom and Swedish speakers in Finland use de
Yep. As Arnauti has already explained, Swedish doesn't really make a distinction between continuous and simple present.
We often do in informal writing, and it's accepted (or should be) when translating, but there's a problem with the dictation exercises, so unfortunately dom is not an accepted answer in those.
Well this is different. I was taken aback because I have been learning Norwegian for a year. The same word in Norwegian is pronounced like 'dee' in English. I initially thought this was an error.
Random question but, should I say fjäderfän or fågelkött to refer to the meat of a bird?
I'd use the name of the bird - like chicken, or turkey, etc. Swedish doesn't really use an equivalent of "poultry" for talking about meats. That said, if you really do need to use a term - go with fågelkött.
I have just started. When I was working, I spent a lot of time in Sweden but never learned any of the language as everyone spoke very good english. My question is why they use sentences like "they eat bread". This never came up in either business or social conversation. Much better phrases would be: "My name is..", "what is your name, "How are you". "How much does this cost", etc. These are useable in polite conversation and shopping and just being socialable. When I took an adult short course in French, these were the first things that were taught.