https://www.duolingo.com/AlexHorloc

McGurk effect implementation

The McGurk effect is a phenonmenon whereby the sound you hear changes depending upon the what the visual system sees (there is a clear example here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-lN8vWm3m0).

I was wondering, if we embeded small clips of native speakers actually saying the words we are learning, whether that would speed up learning and thereby improve duo-lingo.

I believe it would improve pronunciation as we are prone to copying what we see.

If you like the idea please help me raise it with the developers :)

(p.s Thanks to anyone who has already contributed to duo-lingo, it's awesome!!)

March 20, 2016

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Somersetlass

I think this would help me as I have a hearing problem and being able to lip read helps.

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Quizzical

Memrise is doing that with their Membus. They raised £72000/€92000/$104000 and are going to drive across Europe and record natives saying the languages in 10 different languages.

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexHorloc

well surely we can do it for free.. I'm not a pro on html but embeding a video in the blank space already available on duolingo pages wouldn't be that hard. I could record the english video clips and upload them myself, i think others would follow. Thanks for the info though, i'll have a look :)

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Quizzical

For this feature, I think there should be at least 100 native speakers saying words. 5 English speakers wouldn't be good enough to do, you need to have the native speaker effect with many speakers.

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/lindrhound

I don't know, but thanks for the interesting clip! I had never heard about this phenomenon before.

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/frankenstein724

One problem is that some of the major pronunciation problems that English speakers have with other languages have to do with tongue movement, which you aren't going to see very well in a video clip. Otherwise, I do agree that generally it would be a good idea to -see- a speaker say a word along with hearing that same speaker saying it, and I do think that it has the potential to help somewhat with pronunciation, but not necessarily just because we'll better understand the sounds from looking at the mouth, since we won't be able to have a clear picture of the tongue.

March 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/LizzieDonk

Really good idea. I was thinking that there must be something to improve this and you seem to have thought of an excellent idea!

March 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexHorloc

thanks for the support LizzieDonk :D

March 20, 2016
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