"Biet är gult och svart."

Translation:The bee is yellow and black.

March 18, 2015

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'Svart' should be pronounced with a short a.



The voice is not quite perfect on this sentence, as of October 19th, 2017, so I've taken the liberty of re-recording it.

As you know, Swedish vowels can be long or short. The a in svart is opposed to short, but the TTS pronounces it as if it were long.

Please find a correct recording on http://duolingo.vydea.io/dd70638ee17748eab8ba5c3e50f60231.mp3

For more info on re-recordings, please check the info thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23723515

Thanks for listening. Ha en bra dag! :)


♪ Gult och svart, gult och svart, gult och svart, gult och svart... ♪


Doesn't quite have the same ring, does it?


Bees are NOT yellow. Bees are mainly brown. Wasps and hornets are yellow and black.


Except when they carry pollen :)


I'm not entirely sure why, but I feel that it would be much more natural in English to say "black and yellow" rather than "yellow and black" (not just thanks to Wiz Khalifa!), and I do know that certain types of adjectives should come in a certain order when used together - does Swedish also have preferences when it comes to the order of adjectives?

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    Biet? Vingar? Bakgrund? Swedish is definitely the easiest language to learn for English speakers! (Excluding English-based pidgins and Scots)


    Or Norwegian, or Danish, or Dutch maybe? :)

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      Not Danish, that is for sure, due to their very specific pronunciation (and numerals). Dutch is considerably easier, but the verb declensions are slightly more complex. So only Norwegian comes close enough :)


      Takk for det. :) but slightly more seriously; after what I've heard, the easiest langue to learn for native English speakers is supposed to be Frisian. Apparently.


      Afrikaans should also be very easy as it is kind of a simplified dialect of Dutch.


      hey, bees are not yellow+black, you are talking about wasps here!

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