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Suggestion - Voice graphs with verbal practice

Klgregonis
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It would be nice to see another tab added to allow pronunciation practice using sentences from the data base with graphs (sonograms?) of the voice, and a way to show a sonogram of the learner's voice for comparison. Great way to tweak your pronunciation. Once the problems identified with the voices already have been fixed, of course.

4 years ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ibekee
ibekee
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Good idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ooOBilalOoo
ooOBilalOoo
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Interesting and I support your suggestion !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LukeSpar

I like your idea!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
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Great idea!

I had a language program where you could choose to see only some aspects of the speech (volume, pitch, fricatives), which was extremely useful.

I was trying to learn Swedish and wondering why the program was only giving me 30-50%, when the ordinary graph looked very similar. When I saw that it was hardly registering my fricatives (s, f, th), and that my pitch range was way too narrow, I started really emphasizing them. My Swedish husband immediately said "wow, that sounds like Swedish!" Before that, he'd been saying "Hmm, I don't know why, but it just doesn't sound quite right."

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Klgregonis
Klgregonis
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I saw it on a program called Mango, available on line in the US through many public libraries . I don't really like the program, it breaks down basic phrases way too much (come on, do we really need to know right off the bat in the first lesson that the Swedish phrase for How are you? translates to How stands it till? That is confusing! ) Also took 51 slides to get through 3 sentences in a conversation. Also doesn't keep track of what you practiced like this does. It has no writing or translation practice, either. But I liked the graph a lot.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
BarbaraMorris
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I think the program I used was "101 Languages Of The World". It wasn't a great program otherwise. It just had a list of sentences spoken by a native speaker. The problem with the Swedish course, at least, was that I had to master about 20 sentences that introduced the course, before I could even get to "Hej" and "Hur står det till".

4 years ago