Is there a way to slow down the speaker? It would be nice to be able to hear it sounded out and make sure I'm getting it correctly...
Unfortunately not for these types of exercises. If you see the word come across in one of the listening exercises (where you listen and type what you hear), you can slow the TTS down by hitting the turtle button or pressing ctrl-shift-space.
I completely agree with you though. This TTS voice sounds like she is always in a rush to get the sentence out.
I'd love to get a native speaker's impression on whether the TTS pronounces sentences similar to a native speaker would or if the sentences seem rushed even to them.
Only in adjective endings, but as a regular part of a word it makes a hard g sound.
ю is pronounced "ee-yo" = like io in Italian, so to me it sounds more like "blah-gah-DAH-ree-oh", with the ending clipped a bit.
For more pronunciations see:
Ю is a straight "you" sound - it is the soft version of У ("oo"). It might sound like "ree-yu" at the end of благодарю just because of how you transition from the р to the ю, but it it should not have an "oh" sound at the end.
That link is broken. This should work:
I've lived in Ukraine for two years and there are some phrases where it sounds a bit odd but most of the sentences sound fine if anything they're a bit slow at times. And everyone just says спасибо
The Memrise Russian duolingo course augments this one very well, and it has a native speaker saying all the words at a reasonable pace - it's certainly helped me!
I use Google Translate for that. Only for pronunciation of course. If you press the speaker symbol the second time it slows the speech down. And the pronunciation is generally clearer there, too.
forvo might be more reliable than google translate in some cases: http://ru.forvo.com/search/%D0%B1%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%80%D1%8E/ru/
I use google translate as well! Made russian words much easier for me to pronounce!
For the translate into english exercises, if you click on the word you want to hear, it will say just that one. Then there is the slow speech option on the translate what is being said exercises.
In the android app, I touch each word separately rather than touching the speaker icon and it is somewhat slower as you can hear the pronounciation of each word separately. But I guess in doing so I am missing how the words sound together in a sentence. Also I read some comments on another sentence which stated something along the lines of the overlapping of the sound of the vowels of two consecutive words, eg. are you ivan?, referring to the ending of you - u - and the beginning of ivan - i.
yes they are. "благодарю" is more poetical, hochrussisch of some sort, gentleman's speech.
Then I would say the correct translation should be "I thank you", if we're gonna get fancy
bhankerson: I would say you are correct. Since the verb is conjugated in the first person singular, "I thank you" should be accepted. But in practice, we simply say "thank you" or "thanks." Further, the Russian version did not use the pronoun я for I. So I think the Duolingo translation is better.
they should be consistent then, in most exercises it's wrong if you say "thank you", so there it should at least be accepted...
That's the translation given in most exercises. In some exercises, I got it wrong if I translated by "thank you" and now I got it wrong by translating by "I thank you" I don't understand what Duolingo wants...
Does that mean it's not used very often or only around certain people like for business or such?
i'd say that in common speech спасибо/благодарю occurrence would be around 95/5 %
it just sounds little more aristocratical
Is it so formal as to be archaic sounding if used in everyday speech? Such as "ringraziare" in Italian?
I wouldn't say “ringraziare" sounds archaic in Italian. "Ti ringrazio" is actually a a quite common way of saying thank you.
I translated: 'yes, I thank you' and it came out as wrong, but blogadoriu is a verb in the first singular person so it should not be wrong to translate ' I thank you '
"I thank you" is an accurate translation of the verb благодарю but the phrase "Yes, I thank you" isn't natural English. Since this is a Russian course it wouldn't hurt to accept your translation, but it's probably better to recognize that literal translations aren't always the best, and using the more natural "Yes, thank you" is a better answer.
Thank is also a verb. Making "I thank you" correct. Many language use this format when thanking someone.
I do say 'I thank you' but in a deliberately silly flowery sort of way. It's not colloquial chat, sure
In living with Russians for years, Ive never heard this word before. It's really strange that they would introduce благодарю before спасибо
Благодарю is used in very formal occasions. Спасибо is used everywhere else.
Can anyone explain me why the first "a" sounds like an "o" and the last "a" sounds like an "e" like "pet"?
I understand the "o" sounding like an "a" in "го", at least that.
Russian is a stressed based language, at least in pronunciation. As you know, an unstressed 'o' in Russian, makes an 'a' sound. Sometimes, an unstressed 'a' makes an 'e' sound. However it shouldn't sound like what you are describing, maybe the TTS is speaking too fast. Click here for native speaker pronunciations on Forvo.
It's the same as an old Serbian word that is also for "thank you" which is "благодарим"(blagodarim) which no one uses anymore
The first person plural form of благодарить in Russian is also благодарим >_>.
Is благодарю pronounced бладарю?
Спасибо is a more casual but still friendly way of saying thanks or thank you. Благодарить is a higher register/more formal way of saying thank you.
I highly recommend using google translator for the pronunciation. I'm learning Russian because my girlfriend is from Ukraine, and she says google is much better for that matter.
Forvo is great. I wish there could be integration between Duolingo and Forvo, or equivalent functionality built into Duolingo.
Благодарю is a formal way of saying "I thank you." Пожалуйста is either "please" or "you're welcome".
Can someone spell out the pronunciation for me? Im having trouble finding the word on the internet.
For pronunciation questions I recommend Forvo; it's a special pronunciation dictionary and they tend to have any and all words across a ton of languages pronounced especially by native speakers. Here's the page for благодарю: https://forvo.com/search/благодарю/ It basically sounds like "blah-guh-dar-YOU".
Спасибо might be more like "Thanks!" Благодарить is more formal / higher register. Both can be used sarcastically depending on context.
Present tense conjugations are always the same regardless of the gender of the subject.
Благодаря is a different part of speech - it's formed from the same verb, but it means "thanks to" or "due to" (in a good way). For instance: благодаря новой технологии, компания экономит деньги (thanks to the new production processes, the company is saving money).
Спасибо is slightly less formal (more like "thanks"), whereas благодарю is slightly more formal (like "thank you"). There isn't really a huge difference, though. Спасибо is a "safe" word - it's not gonna become offensive or condescending if you say it to a professor or your supervisor, and it's the more common way of saying "thank you" in general circumstances. Both can be used sarcastically - in that context, благодарить sounds a little more hoighty-toighty and more sarcastic in my opinion than just спасибо. If you want a very formal way of thanking someone, you could also выразить благодарность за что-то (Я хотел бы выразить благодарность за ваше понимание и сотрудничество).
the speaker here is way to fast. and it even sounds nothing like it looks like.
i listened 30 times to the speaker. he definitely says bogadariu not bla....
Duolingo get it together, in the other exercise you only took "I thank you" as the only correct answer, and now you are saying it is wrong and that it should be just "thank you"
It would be nice if they can show us only one common form to say things in the beginner courses instead of show us two or more differents. If i can learn how to say "thanks", i will not try to learn another form in my first steps in one language. Just my opinion i appreciate the effort, of course
the first foreign one you learn. then, the more new ones you learn, the easier it becomes. la premiere langue etrangere que vous apprenez et ensuite, plus vous en apprenez de nouvelles, plus ca devient facile. El primer idioma extranjero que Ud aprende, y despues mas nuevos idiomas aprende mas facil se pone.
oooooooooookkkkkkkkkkk ssssssssllllllloooowwww dddddoooowwwwnnnn thank you/спасибо
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Well, it would be спасибо, not спасиьо, and the topic of this group of lessons is formal speech specifically, and благодарить is a very formal way of expressing gratitude.