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Vowel ä still tricking me!

I'm getting close to the end of the tree, and I'm STILL not entirely sure how to pronounce words with ä (å and ö don't give me much trouble).

For example, just the basic word är - I had a sentence like "Min pappa är har nu." The är and har were pronounced very similarly. I believe the old TTS pronounced it a little closer to "air" but now it sounds more like "ar."

I'm also aware it changes a little bit from word to word, but any tips on how to use ä, and on a basic level, just how to pronounce "är"?


February 18, 2015



First of all, it's "Min pappa är här nu". har means "has, have".

As for the pronunciation of är, I refer you to my answer to the same question here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6966826

As for the vowel ä in general, here is a video explaining all Swedish vowels, you can just skip ahead to the part concerning ä. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzYArZVTD4s

Basically, ä is similar to the vowel in bet or air, unless preceding an /r/, in which case it's the same vowel as in cat.


Whoops! I meant to put här. But the rest of your post is super helpful, thank you!

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