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Irish audio bot

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Will the Irish course ever get a TTS voice like Welsh?

2 years ago

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland
alexinIreland
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It is unlikely. As of now, there is only one TTS system available for Irish, and that is Abair. This was examined as an option before the course's release, but Duolingo told us it was incompatible (we are not fully sure of the details there. It could've been a technical issue, a legal issue, a communication issue, etc.). So, unless another TTS system is released (c'mon IVONA...please D:) or Abair can somehow be adapted to Duolingo, we won't see a TTS system here.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolMicheal
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I only listened to several recordings but Abair sounds better than most of the other TTS systems on Duolingo.. It would be nice to see a high-quality one for Irish!

EDIT: WOW! I just searched IVONA!!!!!! I recognize the voice from the Welsh course. An Irish one would be GREAT!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland
alexinIreland
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Yeah, the quality of IVONA voices is really good! Pronunciation is generally good, and the voices have a pretty natural flow. Considering they have voices for smaller languages like Welsh and Icelandic, and even have different dialects, I suppose an Irish voice isn't impossible...we can always dream!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LangForThought
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Well that's a shame, but thanks for the info!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language
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I love Abair, I'm using it a lot these days :-) the only thing is that from what I've observed, the Gweedore TTS seems the most clear, whereas I'm not sure if that's the accent that would be selected... I'm using the Connemara one myself. That would be great if Duolingo could integrate Abair and we could chose our own accent!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Yeah, the clarity of the HTS voices leaves a bit to be desired - the tone and cadence is OK (it's a bit monotonic, but that's to be expected), but the voices themselves are a bit "buzzy" at least on my laptop.

The non-HTS Conamara voice isn't too bad, but the non HTS voices are sometimes a bit slow to respond, and the process of chopping up sound clips and putting them back together generates some very weird cadences. I'm not a fan of the Gweedore speaker - aside from the accent, she sounds a bit nervous, talking in slightly unnaturally high pitch.

If they could smooth out the HTS voices, I think abair.ie would be a more useful tool.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ryanhull321

I've posted this question before, but when will the new audio come out? I'm excited to see the course substantially improved.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lindrhound
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Yes, I've also been wondering about that. I don't want to appear rude, but I'm just curious about how soon "soon" is?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdub4language
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I think there's no way of knowing.... The team has evaluated the audio and sent it to Duolingo HQ for implementation back in December. However, I suspect that the audio needs of the almost-beta courses like Vietnamese and Hungarian might take priority. I'm really looking forward to the new audio, too!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hpfan5
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what about forvo.com and the Irish words and pronunciations on that site?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

Random, disorganized, insonsistent.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hpfan5
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at least its a well of resource - you'd just have to sift through the different dialects or someone would who had a ear for that

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Knocksedan

The people who can do that, don't need forvo, and the people who are looking for such a resource can't sift out the wheat from the chaff at Forvo. Abair.ie is a far more useful resource than forvo (though it appears to be having problems at the moment).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Cait48
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Forvo is a a great idea, but since absolutely anyone can make recordings, a beginner has no way of knowing which recordings are of any value*. Since only registered users (a minority of users) can upvote or downvote recordings, the voting feature is also pretty useless. And anyway, if you are unsure enough of the pronunciation of a word that you are consulting a website, should your opinion on the pronunciation really matter?

*BridEilis is a native speaker from Connemara. She also makes very clear recordings.

4 months ago