I keep thinking that an apple sinned or something every time I see this word.
The E in appelsinEn kind of dissapears when we say it, so it's kind of pronounced like "appelsin'n"
Thank you for describing this, I've been thinking for a while the voice was just a little messed up.
I get that the two sound very similar, and in context it wouldn't be as much of an issue, but for these one-off words Duo needs to really differentiate between two - to an exaggerated, but noticeable amount.
It's completely wrong to pronounce the e at the end? Natives just prolong the "n" sound?
Yes. With words that end in "nen", just prolong the N-sound. It sounds strange if you pronounce the last E as clear as the other vowels.
I encourage you to fully understand the difference in English, as it's an integral part of both English and Norwegian :)
In short: 'the' says that something is definite, that is, the speaker is talking of a particular orange. 'an' says that something is indefinite; so if the speaker had said 'an orange', it wouldn't matter which orange they were referring to; they're not talking about a particular orange.
You only need to know that:
- 'the' = '-en/-a/-et' at the end of a noun
- 'a/an' = 'en/ei/et'