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Ditch the Computer Voices?

I think this wonderful site could be even more wonderful if native speakers recorded audio for each lesson. The computerized voices work alright, but they often mispronounce words and can be very difficult to understand.

What say you, Duolingo?

4 years ago

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ColbyStein

I think the Duolingo company could short term employ and pay (Either by work done within a group of people, or through lump sum payment for a certain amount of work.), to record, if the language is in question is their mother tongue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dwduo
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Yes, this needs to be done, across the board. The recent $20 million the press has mentioned that DL has raised can certainly be used to temp-hire some speakers without even making a dent in it. I checked out a few of the other languages a time ago (I believe Italian was one) and compared to German, it was terrible. If it was my first experience, I might not have stayed here. I anticipate Polish for my own interest, and hope it has real (or at least good) voices.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ColbyStein

I've heard that the English voice is pretty bad. I've never heard it personally. I will one day, when I begin a reverse course for my German.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Naylor1993
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The English isn't too bad, I'd say the Italian and Portuguese ones are a bit dodgy though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

I'm also wondering how the incubator langauges are going to sound.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/caselthor
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It pronounces chicken like "chuckin."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jeanneordarc
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Oh it is. The English voice, I mean.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alsocass

French is good but I decide to try Italian the other day and was horrified.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sebby_Pal

I've got to say I agree with you. In Italian ant translates to formica but when the computerised voice says it, it is really hard to understand and it sounds like fortica

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laurajeanross

I find the French recordings really hard to understand. I lived in France for 6 years in my teens, and am using Duolingo to practise, as my once near perfect french is now anything but! As a result I've always found the french accent pretty easy to understand, but a lot of these recordings I don't even get when I listen to them repeatedly and slowly! I guess it's the same as learning English by listening to Siri!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Modalverb

I'm sure many people, including myself, would really love to record their voice and contribute to the courses that cover their mother tongue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeSpar

It would be great, but hard to do. Not to mention how pricy and time-consuming. On the flip-side, some of the French (I take French in school) sounds very bad. "Le" sounds more like "Lellel"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vince493

I feel the german voice is so so. It definitely doesn't leave you with the confidence of using what you've learned it the real world.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/undergroundo

A THOUSAND TIMES yes to this.

4 years ago