Info post on re-recording badly pronounced phrases
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.
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! :)
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! :)
Also, if someone wants to find all the re-recordings by devalanteriel, this Google query should do the trick: https://goo.gl/o3yFLg
Tack så mycket! It's nice to meet someone else who can't roll their Rs !! I bless my High school French teacher who in the first lesson checked who could and who couldn't roll their Rs - and then told the 3 or 4 of us who couldn't that it was perfectly acceptable to use a gutteral sound instead. Is a sort of growling sound also acceptable in Swedish?