No, רחוק is pronounced "rachok", just like the audio says. The vowels change in the feminine singular form רחוקה "rechoka" and plural forms רחוקים "rechokim" and רחוקות "rechokot".
Not sure why you have such an extremely hateful stance on Duolingo Hebrew course, based on several of your comments in other threads, but if you hate it so much, why bother using it at all? And the same goes for @Brak01. Come on guys, lighten up! Your negativity is ruining it for other learners.
And why am I using the app? Well I know Biblical and Mishnaic Hebrew (been praying in to for over 30 years), but my Modern Hebrew has gotten VERY rusty via years of not using it after college. So I am using the app to polish up my Modern Hebrew. And even with my 30+ experience with Hebrew in general, I find myself having to turn the audio questions off due to not knowing what the heck the guy is trying to say, and having to use Memrise to actually learn how to pronounce the words I don't already know ("Pasta" isn't in Biblical nor Mishnaic Hebrew, as I'm sure you are aware lol).
Am really starting to not like this course. I grew up with sephardic hebrew and every letter has a distinct sound. I want to make pilgrimages to Israel during the high festivals. Hoaever, I can not understand most of what this man is saying. It's like he had a french accent or something. I personally believe they should have used the temani dialect as that is the most neutral. This mans accent is driving me nuts, lol. Its very distracting.
I'm with you on how horrible the male voice is. I don't understand why they haven't fixed the female voice but doing a simple normalization on the audio files. I can't help but feel this course has been abandoned by its makers. One person even said that it is still in beta.... which would explain a lot if that is the case.
But something is better than nothing. I just hope they do some revisions and updates, as compared to other language modules it is sadly lacking.
And while I would agree that the Temani dialect would be superior to teaching the language (for example, the distinction between an aleph and 'ayin), it is in reality a niche dialect; so teaching Modern Hebrew in Sephardi is most appropriate.
No, that's not constructive criticism. That's bashing. If you criticize somebody in a constructive (or edifying) manner you approach it differently and even offer a solution. What you do is just plain old mean unhelpful unedifying critique that only discourages other learners who might also have a hard time with Hebrew, and they read your post and think that this course is horrible. And it's not.
Oh, yea, sorry. You did offer a solution. My apologies. After you threw an insult - "the audio is horrible". Still, it's not constructive criticism!
No, thank you! Being a cantor does not automatically mean they have a good pronunciation. No offense, but most cantors I've heard (especially those from the US - but most importantly outside of Israel) have a Hebrew pronunciation that is atrocious! There are exceptions, of course.
Hmm. Now I get it. Maybe that's why you can't understand this guy - because you've gotten used to pronunciation that was not the best. But these guys are actual voice actors, so they are trained to enunciate words. They are not perfect, and especially beginners can have a hard time, but with time one gets used to hearing native Hebrew speakers.
I forgive you. But sadly you are seeming to have a snowflakes' view of what constructive criticism is. I suggest you go an learn, or better yet experience, what it is. A professional cantor is someone who is actually trained to have proper diction. Maybe the people you have heard were not professional/trained. And I highly doubt the main male voice is a trained voice actor (there is another rarer male voice that does pronounce things well. And the woman does good also - but she is super quiet, so they need to run a normalizer on her recordings to raise the dB.
Never said the course was horrible - just the diction of the speaker is.... so please don't conflate the two. And its important that people know that the audio is flawed so that they don't learn wrong diction. But then again, maybe you believe in using Mumble Rap or Death Metal to teach English. lol
It's studied that native speakers globally (even via sign language) speak at a similar average rate but that the less comfortable/or familiar with the target language, the faster they thought the speaker was. I thought it was slower than normal - probably for the same reason. However, it's an average. I think the world's fastest talker up until recently was the perfect speed... (John Moschitto Jr (sp?) of micro machines, fed ex & (my favourite) commercial crazies.