Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/BethK

I hope something will be done about the computer voice....

Soon, because it is abysmal! I get more wrong answers because I simply can't make out what it's saying than for any other reason. I have been doing Duolingo Spanish for months and the voice over there, while not fantastic, is different and much better - so dear Duolingo magicians, I know you can do better and I do hope you will!

5 years ago

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bren
bren
  • 24
  • 6
  • 5
  • 2
  • 1713

We use different programs to render the sound. Please provide feedback about the sentences that you found very difficult to understand.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BethK

I have been pointing these out on a regular basis. The worst is that little breathy gasp followed by an almost completely swallowed "un" or "il" - but as you ask, I'll keep commenting.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kht777
kht777
  • 11
  • 5
  • 3

I have been having the exact same problem with Italian from English. I have to keep doing the lesson over and over again, because she keeps breathing heavily between every word. I cannot understand what she is saying, so I keep losing hearts. I didn't have this problem with German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BobySBK
BobySBK
  • 19
  • 14
  • 8
  • 7
  • 3
  • 2

I have the same problem with Italian from English. I am learning Spanish from English, and there is no problem with sound. :(

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
jairapetyan
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 23
  • 22
  • 16
  • 10
  • 10
  • 10
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 3
  • 447

Hmmmm, that is interesting. Is it based on recordings and then computer-generated? In response to the other comments, I have never had problems understanding her, and her accent seems like a typical northern Italian accent to me. It's true, if you choose to slow it down there are some strange gulping, sighing, and gasping sounds between the words, but still everything is plainly intelligible.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/kht777
kht777
  • 11
  • 5
  • 3

That "strange gulping, sighing, and gasping sounds between the words" is exactly what makes it unintelligible. It's easier to hear the accent when I watch videos of people speaking Italian.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BethK

I should have said, the Italian computer voice - thought I was in an Italian discussion but I see I'm not....

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Beppe
Beppe
  • 25
  • 22
  • 5
  • 4
  • 1769

I think that many of us have already guessed ....

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoeB469

I agree that the Italian speaker is very hard to understand in many cases.

5 years ago