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https://www.duolingo.com/_Fulvius

Feature request: Audio from native speakers

Okay we all now that the speaker from the courses available are kinda robotic (Looking at you, Italian). What if Duolingo makes a new section where people, specifically native speakers, can volunteer to say some sentences in exchange of coin. They could earn coins by the number of upvotes on that sentence. That way we could help solve the audio problem(I hope) and it wouldn't sound robotic. Let me know what you guys think.

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/curlyeric
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I would be happy if we got two genders of computer voices.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
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It would be great if Duolingo could team up with RhinoSpike for this. (RhinoSpike is a native speaker, audio-focused website. And likewise, it is free!! :D)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Fulvius

Better yet, we could ask, lets say the Spanish team(contributors), to say the sentences for us!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/V_Gabor
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There's Forvo for that, up and running. Say Duolingo, please: http://www.forvo.com/word/duolingo/ :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/I.m.Geniza

Sounds epic to me! The speakers could also influence a slight accent in our Learning.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

I think there would be a problem dealing with the many different dialects and accents of Spanish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Fulvius

There could be a certain category, like for example, if you want to learn Mexican Spanish or Latin American Spanish, there could be a category for each. Then you could use what "voice pack" you would like to use for the lessons.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexSoupy

That would get really complicated really quickly, the same goes for french, the way they say it is "correct" and that is useful for learning. I know with Quebec french it would be completely different, but it just isn't feasible to add that level of complexity to the system right now I don't think.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/killary45
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There was a link to the ivona.com site the other day. That programme can read any text in a variety of accents, all of them artificial and computer generated. It is a lot fun to play with.

Wouldn't it be great if Ivona and Duo could get married one day so that when we have a sentence to listen to we could choose from a range of different accents?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/_Fulvius

Right? That was on my mind too!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
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This has been suggested before, I'm not sure it would work, though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Red_Rat_Writer

(Though I don't have the link) Luis has commented that they tried it with native speakers, but after observing the users, they found that machine voices are better for learning.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamT6

Wiktionary.org often has many recordings donated by the community. I have used this in the past. It is not perfect, but there is also a pronunciation key often available.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caselthor
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Doing voice recordings would be asking a lot from the Incubtor teams, and since crowdsourcing is the heart of the Incubator, I don't think they would want to pay the money for professional recordings. I do textbook recordings for about $100 an hour at my university, in addition to teaching. So you're talking about beaucoup money spent just for speakers and many tedious hours of editing after recording.

They'll figure out something though.

4 years ago