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German questions

Hey, guys. I'm in German 101 right now and I've got a few questions.

1. Our German teacher is not a native German speaker, and I'm a little confused about the pronunciation of ö. She almost seems to be saying it with an r sound in it, like KER-nen for können, but none of the pronunciation guides I can find include that r in there. So I guess I just want confirmation that a) she's wrong or c) it does in fact have an r-sound in it and the pronunciation guides I've been looking at are wrong.

2. I've also been taking a Linguistics class, and our textbook mentioned that German had an SOV (subject-object-verb) word order but it seems very much SVO (subject-verb-object) to me, although I'm still in 101. So which would you say it is, and why?

3. How would you say "to pick up" as in "I pick up my child from school at X hour"? I can't seem to find this anywhere.

4. I'm really confused about when to use denn vs. when to use weil. The textbook I'm using says that you should use weil when the clause after it is a dependent clause, but the examples it uses seem pretty much like independent clauses/potential complete sentences to me. The only difference I can find is that the "dependent" clauses use pronouns in place of the actual nouns mentioned in the first clause. Is that enough to make something a dependent clause in German?

5. I'm about 95% sure I know the answer to this one, but I just want confirmation. I'm looking over the questions for my oral exam on Tuesday and one of the questions is "Was für Sport machst du?" My answer is "Ich mache keinen Sport." Is that right, or would it be "kein Sport?"

ETA 6. I'm trying to say "soundtrack," as in the soundtrack of a movie. I keep finding "Tonspur" but I don't have a dictionary beyond my German book right now so I have to depend on Internet sources and translators. Would Tonspur be right? If not, what is? If yes, what gender would it be?

Thanks!
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