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pronunciation of är

is är pronounced like "are" or "air" in american english because the ä sounds different in är from the ä in ägg and i assumed that ä would be pronounced generally the same as it is in german which would make är sound like "air" in american english but "är" is said like "air" in the voice thingy on duolingo help

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3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hashmush
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The ä in ägg is indeed different than the one in är.

As Wikipedia (link to article) puts it:

/ɛː/, /ɛ/ (in stressed syllables), /øː/ (with a few exceptions), and /œ/ are lowered to [æː], [æ], [œː] and [œ], respectively, when preceding /r/.

Links to pronunciation: [æ] [ɛ]

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dobie42

To be honest I just stick with saying "eh", which is how I've heard that people in the Stockholm region say it. It's more comfortable to say it like that, and I've heard it like that (videos, music, etc), so I'm sticking to it. That "are" or "air" sound makes it too awkward for me.

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Reply3 years ago

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Yeah I'm used to saying it like that too but I didn't know after the speaker changed.

Veronica Maggio says it like "are" but Wild Strawberries says it like "air" so it must be regional and not matter so I'll be inconsistent and say both probably lol

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/imflashdelirium

although I dont know much about it maybe the är, ägg difference you hear is related to the pitch accent?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hashmush
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They have the same accent. All monosyllabic words have the same accent.

The phonemicity of this tonal system is demonstrated in the nearly 300 pairs of two-syllable words differentiated only by their use of either grave or acute accent. Outside of these pairs, the main tendency for tone is that the acute accent appears in monosyllables (since the grave accent cannot appear in monosyllabic words) while the grave accent appears in polysyllabic words.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swedish_phonology#Stress_and_pitch

See my comment above for the difference between ä and ä followed by r.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Zmrzlina
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The R s in all essence silent unless you really emphasize the word. It's pronounced like a long E or a long Ä depending on the dialect. I think long E-sound might be more common, but I might be biased as a Stockholmer.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

Okay thanks :D I kinda hear that too

One more thing... Is "de e" the same as "det är" just shortened or dialect like dej/mej vs dig/mig? In a lot of lyric videos I see "de e" a lot... Is that and dej/mej an old way of writing or something?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hashmush
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"De e" is basically how you pronounce "det är". Where I'm from we tend to say it more like "dä ä", like Zmrzlina mentioned.

Dig/mig is the old, and still considered the only correct way of writing it. However, since it's such a weird spelling a lot of people tend to write it as it's spoken when texting and chatting and whatever. That is, they write "dej/mej".

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-..--..-.-.-.-

In the Swedish anthem I have heard it as "are" so I just stick with that

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Reply53 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

kk thx bruh

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Reply3 years ago

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The two most common ways I hear it pronounced in casual speech are either like "Eeh", or "Air" with a softer or rolled 'R'.

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Reply3 years ago

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I do the second with the smooth rolled r but the eeh is for speaking fast and it slurs in sometimes right?

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Berniebud
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Pretty much.

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Reply3 years ago