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Will the Irish course be updating its audio anytime soon?

I'm wondering because a lot of phrases and words don't have audio during different lessons and I remember reading in a few places people complaining about the speaker saying a few pronunciation mistakes are made every now and then. I'm also little worried that while I may get good at reading and writing in Irish my speaking and listening skills will lag behind

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https://www.duolingo.com/galaxyrocker

The current speaker is making far more than "a few pronunciation mistakes" "every now and then". She's making absolutely awful mistakes on almost every audio segment. She is in no way a native speaker, and speaks a very learner-centric dialect. The way she speaks would be like the equivalent of speaking French without nasal vowels and using an English <r> instead of the French one!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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For a second I thought you meant the person that was recording the new audio, to replace the current voice. I wondered why you were using this new voice if it was so bad!

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/proinsias123

I heard they are getting a new speaker soon. In the mean time, check out http://www.focloir.ie/ for pronunciations in all the three dialects.

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Reply12 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Brendan27380

Ok, I will thanks. Also any idea what soon may be?

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daiana-1602
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The missing or inadequate pronunciation is one thing that should be updated in the future. Additionally I would suggest changing the tree a bit. Newbies to this alien pronunciation and spelling shouldn't be discouraged by almost unpronounceable words. I think of the family section in particular. The plural version of brother for instance "deartháireacha" gives me headaches. Really frustrating....Anyhow Duolingo is a free language learning tool and I appreciate their efforts a lot. I learnt Italian with them and I will finish the Irish tree as well

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sllewell2
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Comhghairdeas . . . except I had to go elsewhere to learn how to pronounce that. I had to go here to get that: http://forvo.com/word/comhghairdeas/ (By the way, that site has the plural family members too--and they actually are easier to say than they look!)

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Reply2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/chocodog
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I may set the Irish course aside for a bit. Because of the lack of audio/bad audio, I'm afraid that I'm going to just be picking up bad habits. I don't find the spelling intuitive so I find myself remembering words by what they look like in English for example math hair reacha.

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