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!
Great!!!!! Even I didn't know that!!!!
That's a major improvement!! Do you get male and female voices?
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 :)
Espero que eles coloquem a masculina também. O curso de francês tem duas vozes, é bem legal.
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.
Can't wait to find out how much better this new voice is. I still have the old one.
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.
She is much more quality. But she is a little slower than reality. The other one had quite a regular Brazilian speed.
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.
Yes.... it's a trade....
I loved how Fernanda from Loquendo used to say "obrigado!"
kkkkkkkkkkkkk.... me too!! The way that she said "obrigada" or "obrigado" sounded sooo Brazilian. It was lovey.
Oh, geez, and I thought I was the only one who was smitten by her obrigado.
@Davu, you had to tease me like that, didn't you?
I don't suppose you have her phone number, do you?
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!
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.
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.
I was glad to hear this. It's what prevented me from learning Portuguese in the past.
I was honestly thinking of dropping it until the update. It's so much better now!
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!