For anyone with doubts regarding French pronuntiation.
The audio files that Duolingo offers are one of the little things that need to be improved. As french can be tricky with its pronunciation (especially with the liasons and all the silent letters at the end of many words) doubts may arrise when you hear the speaker pronouncing a difficult sentence.
Fortunately, duolingo is correcting the audios little by little, but in the meantime you can check this websites that convert FRENCH TEXT INTO AUDIO! I've been trying this one with some tricky sentences and it passed the test: the speaker has a clear voice and you can actually change the speed of your speaker (which is cool) http://imtranslator.net/translate-and-speak/speak/french/ ; and if you have no problem with speed, definitely check https://www.ivona.com/, it works faster and has a better pronuntiation.
By all means, also check this site (recommended by BastouXII in the comments below), it has a thorough explanation of french pronunciation with really good audio! Great for beginners and very useful for intermediate people like me: http://phonetique.free.fr/indexgb.htm
Don't forget to report audio mistakes to duolingo (little box at the bottom left) every time you find one.
Good luck! José
Thanks a lot for the advice! I was having trouble understanding some sentences here.
Hi there, just checked the website and it's great! Yes, it's definitely faster, however I found the voice speed feature in my site to be helpful to beginners. I'll add it to the description ;-)
I tested the first website you suggested and it works great so far! Granted, since I'm not fluent in French, I'm not sure if the liaisons are correct or not, but it sounds good! Enjoy your shiny lingot! :-)
Hi there, thanks for your lingot! I see you're pretty advanced in french, so I just think https://www.ivona.com/ will suit you better. Ah, and if you want to improve your pronunciation, you'll have to hear to a lot of audio from native speakers, unfortunately duolingo is not going to help there :-( but here are a couple of stories with their transcripts and their audio, recorded by a native speaker, and I'm actually learning a lot from it: http://www.thefrenchexperiment.com/stories/ And if you're interested in intermediate-advanced material in any language, check https://www.lingq.com/ , it has a HUGE library. Good luck!!!