Swedish pronunciation: how do you pronounce "är" and "jag"?

I have been working on my pronunciation of Swedish for the past 6 months and the very common word "är" is still frustrating me because just when I believe it is pronounced like the english word "are", I hear it somewhere else being pronounced like the english word "air". I am really... show more I have been working on my pronunciation of Swedish for the past 6 months and the very common word "är" is still frustrating me because just when I believe it is pronounced like the english word "are", I hear it somewhere else being pronounced like the english word "air". I am really confused on this. Also, I thought the "g" in the word "jag" was silent, but I have heard it actually being pronounced. Is that just to add emphasis like when people pronounce the "ch" in "och" to add emphasis? Any help greatly appreciated :)
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