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I know some of the newer courses (e.g. Turkish) use audio files made by course contributors while those of older courses use text-to-speech software. It would be nice to see these redone in that manner or with software that better processes Portuguese specifically. It's probably too much to hope for though.
It is better to avoid literal translations when the result is unnatural language. In English, we say "eat and drink" as a fixed expression, different from Portuguese.
"Five spots to eat and drink on the cheap for New Year's Eve." https://pilotonline.com/life/flavor/article_39056782-030d-11e9-a748-df172f3e4d71.html
"Places to eat and drink"
The voice can be improved. You must consider that there are many variations in portuguese pronunciation and is difficult to establish a standard Portuguese. The pronunciation of Salvador da Bahia is very different from the pronunciation of Rio or the south of Brazil. When I say "very different" I mean only to a limited set of letters or syllables that have slightly different pronunciations. Besides learning Portuguese is easy.
I Live in Portugal. I have had some files where they (the male particularly) mumbles so badly and crams his words together by speaking so quickly, that he creates one word out of a sentence.
I slow the file down and play it again and again and still cannot hear a word that is reportedly correct and reportedly comes out of his mouth. Luckily, living in Portugal, I can turn to a friend, neighbor or even a stranger and ask them. They cannot "hear" the word spoken by Mr mumbles either, but they can intuit it, because they are native speakers and it makes sense to them. At that point they have an "Aha" moment and identify some garbled noise as the word and use some form of intra-cultural excuse, blaming the awful diction on the speaker i.e. They are Portuguese vs they are Brazilian, or he must be from the north etc.
1) The problem is worse in the early levels. 2) There is a definite change in tempo with them suddenly racing and sometimes combining 4 or 5 words into one giant word. 3) when you hear this you can either slow it down or sometimes I stop and ASSUME there is a short word hidden and try to apply what I have learned to intuit it. I certainly cannot hear it. 4) it is usually a small connective word like O, Eu or E