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Duolingo, Please Don't Mess Up The Persons Voice Like What Happened With Italian

As we all know, all of the languages that are on Duolingo have someone who says the words and sentences etc. Many of us also know that the Italian one is pretty bad. It sounds the most "robotic" than all of the other languages. French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese all sound as if the person who is speaking is a native speaker, and it has a very fluid feel to the voice. Now the Italian one sounds like the woman is a native speaker also, however it is too "robotic", as I said before. For example, when the lady says "un" she says it so quickly and it sounds like "una". This leads to confusion every now and then and disappointment sometimes.

Anyways my main concern is not the Italian woman's voice, but rather the upcoming languages voices. Many languages will be coming up (Russian I believe will be the first course for English speakers and then Turkish and other languages will come along) and I am simply asking the Duolingo team very kindly, as I do love this website very much, to please not mess up the upcoming languages voices. I am sure the last thing people would want is a Chinese man/woman speaking like the Italian woman. My main concern will be the Greek course, I hope for it and all other languages upcoming to have a fluid and fluent like speaker, as do the current languages minus Italian. If the upcoming languages do have a more fluid speaker, it will be easier to learn the language. The main point of concern of this discussion is to not mess up the upcoming languages voices. I am sure that after the Italian voice, it won't happen to any other languages, but I just want to be sure that Duolingo staff sees this and knows.

Also I would like to say, that maybe a sort of Poll should be taken, where we hear samples of a languages "character" or "person", male and female, and we decide which one we want, or implement both and have the user choose and switch whenever he wants.

I sincerely hope this reaches the Duolingo staff and that I receive responses to this. I love this website and wish nothing but the best for it, and that is why I have taken the time to write this. Good luck Duolingo!

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/9beylu

http://www.ivona.com/

My dream is for duolingo to use these voices. In the meantime I just copy and paste if I want to hear a good pronunciation of a sentence.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FLMark
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Those voices are amazing!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SongbirdSandra

That is the best TTS site I've seen. I don't know about the other voices, but the voice I chose for French sounds human and natural. Merci !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
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Well, these are computer voices. I have just started the reverse tree (Spanish to English) and find that voice very - odd. It sounds drunk. However, as computer voices go, these are pretty good, have you ever heard the voice used by Stephen Hawking? It is completely monotone, always sounds like it is in turtle mode, and still can be hard to understand. You can always put the sentence into Google translate (in the target language) and listen to that - I just tried the English voice and it is a bit better.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NickM98
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It's not that Italian sounds robotic, it's also that it pronounces the words bad. All the time. I think that she likes changing the stressing syllable and skip words, because she does it all the time. Even when you listen to it in slow speed, you don't get what she's saying. I've studied Italian since I was 6, I can listen to a native Italian speak and I understand perfectly what they say, but I never manage to understand what Duolingo's Italian girl is saying.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan_The_Man1912

I know but compared to the other languages italian sounds completely horrible. All the other ones are fluid, Spanish especially to my experience, but Italian is just bad. Anyway my main concern was to not have future voices sound the way Italian does

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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here are some Lingots for explaining the Albanian language and on Kosova

brilliant Thank you very much all the best Jack

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan_The_Man1912

Thank you so much, I wish you the best in learning Shqip (Albanian).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/killary45
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I have a theory that the problem with the voices is that the sound has been compressed too much.

If I am right then the original voice is crystal clear and easy to understand in a perfect standard Italian accent, but for technical reasons Duo has had to bring it to us in such a reduced form that a lot of the detail of the voice has been lost. This makes comprehension, particularly of small words, but also sometimes of the beginnings or endings of longer words difficult for non native listeners.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/APMohar

To be fair, all of my French friends can't understand the French voice either.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan_The_Man1912

I thought the French one sounded kind of decent

4 years ago