Can someone please enlighten me as to why the word "och" has a hard "k" sound (similar to the English word "oak") when pronounced by itself, and a soft sound, like "oh", when in the complete sentence? I am referring to the Duolingo pronunciations, when the word is clicked individually as opposed to when it is heard in a sentence.
Is this how native speakers pronounce the word, both ways, or am I missing something? Thanks!
Swedish has two genders, but they're not feminine and masculine, they are common gender (en words) and neuter (ett words). Most living things are en gender, though there are many exceptions.
The articles are very rarely interchangeable, so it's always best to learn the gender along with every new word.