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

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky

No slower button for esperanto on the ipad app?

ionasky
  • 24
  • 20
  • 15
  • 13
  • 12
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 929

My hearing isn't great so i am accustomed to using the 'slower' button to make sure i get the ends of words - but on my app the esperanto course doesn't have it. Any ideas why and if there are plans to introduce it?

2 years ago

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/zubiz
zubiz
  • 22
  • 14
  • 9
  • 8
  • 4

Neither does the browser version have it. I think it can't be added, because the sound samples in eo course are not generated by a text-to-speech engine. They are recorded by a real person, so I assume individual words are not available separately. But really, the quality of those recordings are incomparably better and more clear than those that use a TTS and so contributes to the quality of the course significantly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/amuzulo
amuzulo
Mod
  • 15
  • 13
  • 12
  • 10
  • 9
  • 6
  • 6
  • 3
  • 2

I just want to confirm that this is exactly the reason. Just keep repeating and you'll eventually get used to the sounds of Esperanto at full speed! :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slogger
sloggerPlus
  • 25
  • 23
  • 23
  • 22
  • 20
  • 14
  • 1722

> . . . and so contributes to the quality of the course significantly.

Unless of course you have trouble hearing them and want to slow them down.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ionasky
ionasky
  • 24
  • 20
  • 15
  • 13
  • 12
  • 8
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 929

Exactly, i keep getting marked wrong because i can't quite hear. Oh well.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lea8D
Lea8D
  • 14
  • 8
  • 3

I have the same problem--people tend to let the volume of the last bit of the word fade out so I hear the first part just fine, but not always the end.

It's a big problem with Esperanto verbs because you need to clearly hear the very end to know what tense it is. The vowel sound difference between -as and -is (present and past tense) is not always pronounced clearly, especially by some speakers (like native English speakers who tend to schwa-ize them), and add that trailing off in volume and you often have to rely entirely on context to deduce the intended meaning.

2 years ago