Polish present tense verbs - A new memrise help
Hi fellow lovers of Polish.
To celebrate reaching level 15 in this very challenging language, I am releasing two Memrise courses that could help others to master all the conjugations in the Duolingo Polish levels called Present Tense 1-4.
Here are the Links:
All the words have audio. Since I am not Polish I used the Polish voice for Jan on ivona.com.
These courses are really helpful, thank you. However, after playing with it for a few minutes, I couldn't help but notice that the audio is clipping/very distorted. I'm not sure if all audio recordings are affected or only the first few ones, but it's definitely a problem you should consider fixing (if it's possible without redoing the course - I am not familiar with Memrise that much).
If you are on PC and need some help setting up the recording, I can help you, just send me a message with your e-mail address.
The way I do it is I use the synthetic voices on Ivona.com. I think that is where the female voice from the Duolingo course comes from. Check out Maja for that. The verbs are spoken by a voice called Jan, but Ivona has a selection of 5 Polish voices.
What I do is that I use Audacity on my PC and record the voice, save and upload to the corresponding Memrise verb. So far i have not been unhappy with the quality, except that i wish I could slow the voice down a bit. Can you give me examples of unclear recording? I wonder if it could be because of your device, although it seems fine on my android.
I would be happy to get help with this. It is possible to add multiple recordings for each sentence or verb. Also, can you give me any advice on how to improve the sound?
I only tried the verbs być and myśleć, but all recordings for both sounded distorted on my PC speakers. I did a reference test and played a YouTube video without changing any volume controls, and the audio from the video sounded fine, so we can rule out the possibility of me having broken speakers. :)
My suspicion is that you used the stereo mixer for the input of the recording, but you left the mixer value on default (100), hence the distortion. This is a common problem when you want to record sound on Windows.
Audacity is a great recording tool. The problem with the audio is that the signal is so loud that it becomes digitally distorted. The solution: open up Audacity, but before hitting the record button, set the recording volume to a smaller number (I have mine set at 0,29). When you record the next time, the audio should be nice and distortion-free. If it's a bit too quiet, that's not a problem, just highlight the signal, go to Effects -> Normalize..., hit OK, and you are golden.
If you don't know where you can set the recording volume, refer to this: http://i.imgur.com/6xCqwAw.png
Give it a try and tell me how it turns out! :)
Yes, although I cannot replicate this with my android and PC I see how the sounds seems to max out in the Audacity graphics. I have made the recording adjustments you recommended and the wave form seems more balanced. I guess I will have to progressively replace the audio on these courses. Thanks for your feedback and solution :)
When you learn a new verb, you should learn its first and second conjugation form. These two forms are sufficient to predict the rest of the conjugation. I created a list of popular verbs with their first two forms and audio recordings: https://courseofpolish.com/grammar/tenses/present-tense/present-tense-list-of-the-most-popular-polish-verbs
If you don't know how the conjugation works and how to predict the missing forms here I wrote an article about it: https://courseofpolish.com/grammar/tenses/present-tense/verbs-conjugation-present-tense