https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Maria299959

A lot of the Danish pronunciation is very bad

I am 100% bilingual in English and Danish - it was my profession for 4 decades and I am only doing the course to encourage my "small grey cells" to work yet I find myself corrected time and time again. Many sentences are absolute nonesense and the pronunciation of a great number of words is totally inaccurate . Time and space only allow me a single "shocking" example: legende børn = playing children This is being pronounced as if it were LEG ENDE meaning legend. There are so very many of these that my toes are curling. Also please accept English translations as well as American - there are quite a number of differences. The other courses I am doing I am very satisfied with as your "speakers" are much better

October 5, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

I don't know any other language which its pronunciation is developing faster than Danish. Watching an old movie in Danish is easier to understand than, let say the Danish news.

October 6, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

I agree with you Maria299959. The sound on this course has many and deep flaws.

The sound and the pronunciations are sometimes worse than no help. I think it would be better to publish a smaller course, with correct sound, than using a completely misleading and wrong pronunciation of a word.

Those brave souls who venture forth and invest their time in studying Danish —a language spoken by a population of 5.1 million people– should be treated better. Spoken Danish is already particularly hard to pick up because those 5.1 million speakers habitually mumble and barely pronounce consonants or endings. And that's if they don't switch to English to be helpful! Allowing a bunch of wrong pronunciation guides in a danish course means that the students will waste effort on stuff they will have to unlearn and and re-learn correctly.

October 29, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Azantys_87

Using an online learning tool that asks for no subscription fees is going to result is some shoddy work now and again. When it comes to learning languages, I take Duolingo with a pinch of salt and never rely on just one book, audio series or programme. I would hope other members take this initiative too.

October 6, 2017
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