https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

Info post on re-recording badly pronounced phrases

What's this?

The automatic text-to-speech system used for the Swedish course is actually pretty good. Most of what the voice says is at least perfectly fine, and often excellent.

However, you don't need much experience to realise that she does, occasionally, get quite a few things wrong. So I thought I'd start making manual recordings for those sentences that could have been better.

How does it work?

I'll simply post corrections in the comment threads for the relevant sentences, and link to this post from there. Obviously, this is going to look a little silly in the beginning, since we have thousands of phrases and I've only just started. But over time, I'm hoping it'll be a valuable resource.

My dialect

I should probably mention how I speak as well. I'm in my mid 30s with a male tenor voice, and I grew up all over Sweden. Though I don't believe perfectly neutral speech exists, my dialect is relatively devoid of obvious geographical markers, and I should be reasonably compatible with the robot lady's voice.

It's worth noting, however, that I'm crap at the rolling r sound. :)

Can I make requests?

Yes! After all, I'll need help finding sentences that require attention. :)

You may post here if you find one which is bad or that you're unsure about, and I'll have a look and then delete the comment after a while (to prevent cluttering). Please include the link to the thread if possible, that makes it a lot easier for me.

If I think the voice gets it wrong, I'll post a correction. And if I think it's good enough, I'll post a note stating so, so that people know the voice can be trusted.

Let me know if you have any questions! :)

July 27, 2017

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LunaSaara

Thanks for doing this! You are improving the learning of many people.

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Katred2

Thank you for this! As someone who's learning Swedish, but not familiar with the proper pronunciation, this will be a great resource.

July 27, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Speir_

Tack så mycket! I'm not entirely accustomed to the Swedish pronunciation, and this willy surely help with the learning of numerous users!

July 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/hamaestar

Hej! Thank you very much for doing this! I have just stumbled upon the sentence "pianot är av glas", which to me sounds a bit off. You might want to check it out once you have the time! Again, tack så mycket!

August 9, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel
August 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/shirki

Hi! After coming across this post, I just came across this sentence in which the comments reference a poor pronunciation in the recording. Thought that would be a good candidate for re-recording. Tack for the great service you're providing the community! :)

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6245667

Also, if someone wants to find all the re-recordings by devalanteriel, this Google query should do the trick: https://goo.gl/o3yFLg

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

Thanks! Geez, that one's terrible. I think all instances of planet share the same problem - I've recorded one already. Will mark this one for future re-recording.

Google apparently isn't perfect - I've done some 35 or so re-recordings so far, not 13. :)

September 11, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/dcl520863

Thank you, this is great! Really helpful.

August 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/jarrettph

This is a great idea. Thank you!

August 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/pastells

Uoo, tack så mycket!

August 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/BUYT_

Hello. Is it possible for you to re-record this one?
"Läraren pratar med eleven".

May 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/devalanteriel

Done. :)

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/BUYT_

Nice, thank you

June 3, 2019
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