https://www.duolingo.com/tinyset

Is it just me or the new Dutch TTS sounds unclear?

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It is hard to understand most his sentences TBH. Especially the long ones. I prefer the old one with the woman speaking. Or is this the real Dutch sounds?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/El2theK
El2theK
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The pronunciation of the new voice is in most cases much more natural than the old female voice. There are a few exceptions where the pronunciation is slightly off, but that was also the case with the old voice.

Also in some cases the voice can be a bit fast, though you always have the slow audio option to deal with that.

Other than that it probably is a case of getting used to the new voice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MouPeMantissa

Trust me, you'll get used to it. I found him extremely difficult to understand, but I kept on practising and now I can understand him clearly. He does speak very quickly and deeply, but that's how lots of Dutch people speak. It gets easier after a while. Stick to it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/louis.vang
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It's a little to fast and his voice is very low, what is more difficult to understand.

But it's very much better than the femal voice.

It can be better, but it is now better than the old voice.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DogePamyuPamyu

The old female voice does not sound like any Dutch speaker I've ever heard... It was really ❤❤❤❤❤❤ up tbh. I've not once heard anyone pronounce "mij" as "may" or "jij" as "yay" lol.

The new voice is great imo. Much easier to understand for me at least.

2 years ago

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The new voice is horrible. He leaves out words like 'het', 'een', 'de', etc. It isn't just a matter of getting used to him. He actually just leaves out words. You need to play everything he says in slow speed to make sure you get everything. I have a 480 day streak (would be 545 but I missed two questions one night before the flip) and I am seriously considering finding another language program as this just kills Duolingo for me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/El2theK
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If it leaves words out, then report it with the sentence.

However, saying that, in most cases it is pronounced. The "problem" is that it is not pronounced as "clearly" as the old voice. Though in real life these are also not pronounced like the old voice would. E.g.:

  • Het - would generally be pronounced as "ut"
  • De - can flow into the next word (making at sound as one word)
  • Een - would generally be pronounced as "un"

etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tinyset
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I got your point. But his voice is quite low and it's hard to understand what he was saying. Sometimes I still couldn't catch it even though I did turn up the volume. With this new guy, I got more false answers than I did with the old lady. It pissed me off a bit because I used to think I was doing pretty good in learning Dutch lol.

But if he speaks like the real Dutch, I guess I will have to swallow it. Thank you for your clarification.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dzhocef
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I've only had two difficulties with it:
The lowness of the voice makes it easier for higher pitched sounds to disrupt.

Sometimes the R sounds weird, but I can't remember in which incidences I noticed that.

Edit: I also think "v" sounds like "w" when the male voice says it, but that could easily be my perception.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jacques513140

Phew! I thought I was going deaf.

2 years ago
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