https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinnernugget

New voice/nova voz

Just today, I started getting a new voice for my Portuguese lessons! It's SO much better than the previous one - sounds a little gloomy and nasal, but in terms of comprehension it's miles better. Thanks to the team for this improvement!

Só hoje percebi que havia uma mudança na voz automática do programa. As lições com áudio agora ficam muito melhores (apesar de serem um pouco mais sombrias e nasais). Obrigado à turma portuguesa por ter aprimorado o curso!

April 13, 2016

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Great!!!!! Even I didn't know that!!!!

That's a major improvement!! Do you get male and female voices?


Edit:

They're actually "A/B testing" the new voice.
That means only part of the users have the new voice, while other part keep the old voice.

Then they can actually measure which of the two perform better.

So our "lovely robot" versus "cold human" question will be solved by numbers :)

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinnernugget

Não, apenas a de mulher, mas vou escrever se ouvir uma voz masculina!

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Espero que eles coloquem a masculina também. O curso de francês tem duas vozes, é bem legal.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

I still have the old voice. According to vpssuper, though, the new one has at least one weak spot: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5321158

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Terrible :p

Yes.... unfortunately, no computer voice can be perfect.
But all the testing I did before suggesting Ivona showed she was way better.

In the end, Duolingo will decide which is best based on the results of their test.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/surfx2015

que pronúncia horrível haha

May 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dperrtr

Same here, it sounds so much better (even though it's a bit slower, and accommodating to my brazilian girlfriend's family might not be that easy :D ).

Sorry Old Voice, your "Quanto (insert whatever here) você quer?" sung on 3 octaves will be sorely missed.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Portofan

Cool! It's Vitoria from https://www.ivona.com .

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Yes! It's a Victory!

(Sorry, pun-translation mode on)

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nekontam

I miss the old one a bit. We've been together for a long time :)

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elgatobandido

Can't wait to find out how much better this new voice is. I still have the old one.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cobold

Check out Portofan's comment above.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elgatobandido

Now that's the voice I want to hear on Duolingo. For the first time when I hear Portuguese it sounds beautiful, as it should.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iFail

Indeed, just noticed it too when I came in for my daily dose. I can finally understand everything without having to use the slow speech option & replaying it 10 times xD. Finally can understand everything in 1 go!

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Hehe :)

She is much more quality. But she is a little slower than reality. The other one had quite a regular Brazilian speed.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

I liked the other voice too. This one is just different. The other voice sounded so happy lol. This voice sounds more neutral. I haven't encountered a male voice yet.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Yes.... it's a trade....

I loved how Fernanda from Loquendo used to say "obrigado!"

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThanKwee

kkkkkkkkkkkkk.... me too!! The way that she said "obrigada" or "obrigado" sounded sooo Brazilian. It was lovey.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/argovela

Oh, geez, and I thought I was the only one who was smitten by her obrigado.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Davu

You'll just have to face up to the fact that she'll soon be history. Here's a keepsake though:

Fernanda says obrigado!

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/argovela

@Davu, you had to tease me like that, didn't you?

I don't suppose you have her phone number, do you?

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Now I expect Argovela to post their "obrigado" here :p

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/argovela

@Danmoller, I just don't think Vitória likes me... she sounds a bit cool towards me. I guess it'll just be a professional relationship... sigh.

April 14, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iFail

I wouldn't mind faster but the old robot voice was just really hard to understand with the insane tone differences.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

Yep :)

But thinking twice, it's a good speed as it is now.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinnernugget

Acho que seria legal se a voz automática começasse devagar mas fosse bem rapidinho como falante nativo quando os usuários avançassem na árvore, mas isso provavelmente seria difícil implementar. Em comparação com como foi antes, o que já temos é melhor pra caramba!

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gingerninja3148

Totally agree! It sounds clearer and less robotic. Just strengthened a skill and I got a big shock when I first heard the voice but I am so happy they changed it.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ingo408694

I totally agree. The new voice is much better to understand. Thanks to the DuoLingo team for this improvement and for the great website! I would never have started learning Portuguese without your website and app.

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zekecoma

I was glad to hear this. It's what prevented me from learning Portuguese in the past.

May 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dinnernugget

I was honestly thinking of dropping it until the update. It's so much better now!

May 16, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mastakhan

Agree, it's a great improvement!

April 13, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Moshira3

I have both a new male and female voice, and like them both better!

April 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/luizvitorio

Mudou para mim hoje.

April 29, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nesoki

Agora tenho a nova voz também. Acho que é muito melhor!

I think the new voice is so much clearer than the old one, and even more important, I have the feeling that she (I don't have any male voice yet?) resembles the real Portuguese way of speaking even better. Hopefully she will pass the test!

April 29, 2016
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