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"?
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.