Brilliant course. But why such a mumbled synthetic Russian voice?
I learned Russian as an English schoolboy in the 1950's. I'm now returning to it at the age of 72. I think this course is brilliant, except for one big problem.The Russian voice, as heard on a PC, is dreadfully hard to follow. If I listen without looking at the text, I get it wrong again and again.
Good text to speech is notoriously difficult to achieve and great advances have been made in the last few years. I remember those voices from about 10 years ago, which were completely awful! As voices go this one isn't so bad actually. The last couple of days I've tried a few voices for different languages to read sentences to me from my Anki deck and the one in this course isn't any worse than the rest of the Russian voices I found. Keep in mind that even slight intonation errors of text to speech can turn a longer sentence into a jumble even for native speakers. This is even worse when you don't know the words yet. Once you actually know all the words you'll be able to understand the voice much better. There is one advantage also: I actually find that being able to decipher these odd text to speech inaccuracies helps to understand native speakers with different accents a lot better, because you start to recognise words and structures even if they are quite distorted. Give it time, you'll understand that voice eventually.