I'm an independent language teacher in Mexico. Originally I'm from Flanders, Belgium. As such Dutch is my native language. I use Duolingo for school in my classes and recently I have observed that on a number of occasions the audio is seriously flawed as far as intonation is concerned. one of the examples I remember of the top of my head are the word "banaan" where he stress in the audio is on the first syllable "ba", while it should in fact be on the second. ("naan"). This applies in both Belgium and the Netherlands. Another one is the word "vegetariër" where the stress should be on the syllbale "ta". However, when my student pronounces it like that she is graded wrong. The audio puts it on the last syllable "er", which is another mistake. I assume the audio is an automatically generated thing but nevertheless this should be addressed, as it teaches students who are unaware of those facts to pronounce these words the wrong way.
Hallo hallo, Ik adviseer u om de audio-opdrachten achterwege te laten, dat kan via de instellingen! Zo worden uw studenten niet langer gehinderd door het probleem, ik heb hetzelfde probleem gehad met Russisch leren; alles werd fout gerekend hoewel mijn uitspraak nagenoeg hetzelfde was als de Duolingo uitspraak... Het probleem zou inderdaad opgelost moeten worden, maar tot die tijd kunt u het probleem vermijden door het, zoals ik al zei, uit te zetten via instellingen! Een fijne dag nog!
Hi there! I am a moderator for the Dutch course. We are aware of the (many) mistakes in the Dutch TTS (text-to-speech) software that Duolingo uses. Unfortunately the developers refuse to fix the pronunciation of individual words, because it is a third-party software for which they just buy the license. There are other Dutch computer voices out there, but none of them are perfect, I'm afraid.
Hey Simius, thanks for the reply. As I stated I already assumed it was a computer generated audio. Usually I'm around when my students are exercising. In this particular case it's my Mexican wife who's trying to learn the language to be able to communicate with my family. So whenever I hear one of those errros I'm there to make sure she knows the correct form. No earth shattering problem really. It just thought it worthwhile to comment on it. Happy holidays to you and your crew.
In a way you are lucky you can access this feature, as I have not been able to, so my learning lacks the speaking out element. I don't know if I can get that facility back now that I have upgraded my OS (mac) does anyone know how I would try to turn it on again to see if it would work now?
Update!! Inspired by my own query, I made some investigations in the settings and I have found out how to do it. Now I have the option to use the microphone, and it is working, this will add a whole new dimension to my revisions. Thanks Duolingo, I am always singing your praises.