Thank you to the people who wrote the Swedish course
I am working on the Swedish course in Duolingo. I really wanted to express my thanks to the people (volunteers, I think), who put in time and effort to get this course in Duolingo and also to make the Swedish decks in Tinycards
My thoughts are completely with you; the Swedish team is amazing, and they've been so dedicated into making the course better and improved! Kudos to you for sticking with the Swedish course for so long; I'm still working on it as well, and I'm hoping to finish it at some point in the next few months! Good luck with learning Swedish!:D
As well as a general thanks, I would like to specifically thank the voice artist who spoke all the Swedish, at regular speed and patiently slowed down. Tack så mycket!
It is difficult to tell whether you are being sarcastic or not over an online post, so if you are, I apologise, but the voice is a robot programmed to speak Swedish words :D
On another note, big thanks to the developers of the course who are constantly answering everyone's questions and working on improving it and everyone's learning experience.
I'm not being sarcastic. I don't believe this voice is a robot. Even Siri had a human source.
I don't doubt that it was sourced by a human, but the sentences in the exercises are not individually spoken by a human at regular and slowed speed. The person who provided the voice for this particular TTS system would have spoken a number of random sentences with common words in them, where each individual word is then taken and is used in all other cases. The slowing down is simply the same program saying the individual words at a slower rate.
There is evidence which shows that it is not directly human spoken - sentences where the intonation is wrong, where the pronunciation is completely or partially wrong and when we have "robot moments", where the TTS glitches when saying some words.
Totally, absolutely agree with this sentiment! The moderators consistently provide clear answers, and are continuing to do it after the course first appeared. They are funny, supportive, and sympathetic regarding the difficulties of learning Swedish!
Buzdawg, You may well be correct in what you say (assert) I would say in its defence that Duolingo is a great way to learn new languages from scratch considering that it is completely free! (if you are, of course, willing to put up with the adverts) However, no website like this can ever be perfect and it is not, and can never be a subsititute for practising a language /languages you are learning with real native speakers!
To all other people! There are some faults with the French course, too! These are, from my experience, nearly all concerned with the pronunciation of certain words like Oui = Yes, which sometimes comes out as: oyeee. This shows that it probably is an automated programme because I could never imagine a genuine French native pronouncing Oui as Oyeee. S/he would come in for a lot of criticism among their peers!
My real level in French outside Duolingo level is between B1 and B2 (I recently completed a two week language course at FranceLangue in Paris last year in September, taught entirely by native speakers and received a certificate to this effect) My Spanish level is much higher! In my opinion, the levels of Duolingo could possibly give some people a false sense of proficiency if they are depending on that alone.
It is a great idea to take lessons with native teachers in a language you are interested in learning. I say this from experience. It is up to you if you choose to do this and whether you use Duolingo natives or another language school (online or otherwise)
Learning any language to. a reasonable level of proficiency requieres considerable practice and perseverence over many years, and of course a willingness to learn from your mistakes!
Yeah, trying to learn a language online can be pretty hard, especially smaller ones like Swedish. I don’t know any Swedish people here in Australia :/
I too would like to add my thanks to the Swedish team, as I think that the course is terrific.. There is just one thing that I am really puzzled about. Why are there two websites ? This one that has a great deal of information on it with the discussions and suggestions. And the other one which automatically comes up when Duolingo is accessed. I only came on to this site quite by accident, and I don't know how, several months ago. I can only access it by an email link to a comment answered by devalanteriel. I am probably asking for this information in the wrong place, for that I apologise. However, I would be very greatfull for any information concerning this problem
This site, which we are on now, is the one I accessed by accident. I don't know the URL for it. The site which I normally use is Duolingo.com. Maybe you can give me the address for this one in order that I might access it in the proper way, and even give me a reason why they are both separate entities.
I think that it is different sections of the same site. The main URL for Duolingo is: https://www.duolingo.com/ , which takes you to the Home section with the tree displayed.
The URL for this particular discussion is: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/23648299$comment_id=23826098 which is part of the Discussion section.
On the main website, the word "duolingo" is in large letters in the upper left. Then next to it are the words Home and Discussion. You can click on Discussion to get to the discussion section.
This discussion is in the Swedish section. To narrow down discussions to a particular language, look in the upper-mid right underneath the words "Your subscriptions". Each of your languages is shown. This discussion is in the Swedish section, so click on that language.
I hope this helps you out.