"Det er en meny."

Translation:That is a menu.

June 3, 2015



Still confuse it with "de har en meny"....damn!!

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    Correct IPA pronunciations are written below.

    De har en meny. - /di: hɑːɾ ən mənyː/

    Det er en meny. - /də æɾ ən mənyː/

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    If the noun "meny" is a masculine noun, then wouldn't the indefinite article need to be masculine to match, instead of neuter?


    "Det," at the beginning of a sentence, can refer to any gender.


    Why is "den er en meny" wrong?


    It's wrong as in it's unnatural to phrase it like that:

    "Den er en meny" is equivalent to "Den menyen er en meny". If you already know what it is, explaining it is redundant. 'det' is preferred as it doesn't refer to anything.
    'den' is only used if you're referring to something you've already talked about.


    I can't hear the difference between "det" and "der". I clearly hear an "r" sound at the end of "det" as well. How can I tell which it is, since "der" would seem to work here?


    What you're likely hearing is the "r" in "er". The "t" in "det" is silent, so there should be no consonant sound at the end of it at all, making the pronunciation sound more like "deh".

    "Der" is pronounced with the "r", but also has more of an "æ" than an "e" sound for the vowel.


    I'm hearing two "r"s... Maybe I just need to train my ears better. Tusen takk! :-)

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      Me too. Every time I hear "De har en meny" instead of "Det er en meny" and got a mistake after giving the answer.

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        So, we need to put you on the intensive Norwegian ear training. First, you need to get some cold fjord water and use it to clear your ear canals. Then, you ought to hike north and at the first sight of northern lights, you need to start uttering the following words very rapidly. Det, de, det, de, det, de, det, de like some kind of a mantra. After that, an old woman representing the Norwegian language will appear behind and give you her MP3 player with the same song. After it finishes playing, you'll be cured and you'll never ever confuse these two words again.

        Of course, this is me joking. Please don't use salt water to wash your ear canals!

        Don't worry, it's normal to have some difficulties in differentiating these two when you haven't been exposed to Norwegian prior to choosing it in Duolingo. Click the Forvo links for det and de above. Create an account there (you can use Google or Facebook) and download the sound files. Then, ask someone to play them for you without telling you which one is it. Do this several times a day for one week and then tell us if it helped.

        The two vowels that are causing you linguistic pain are the mid central vowel and the close front unrounded vowel. Follow this two Wikipedia links and click the audio samples to hear what they should sound like.


        Is there an audible difference between 'de er' and 'det er'? Or does it just rely on context to tell which it is?


        De means "they" and is pronounced "dee." Det means "that" and is pronounced "deh" where the vowel sound is closer to the beginning of the English word "air"


        She says meny realy weird....

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