How a voice can make a difference

I'm interested in how the different voices of the speakers on the courses make me more or less motivated. For example, the Spanish one is very happy-sounding, and the German one has a very friendly voice, and that makes me feel good, learning the language. On one course, though, the main voice sounds irritable, like the person is in a bad mood, and I'm surprised how much this puts me off. This is not how the language has to be spoken, as I have listened to the radio in the language a bit and it wasn't like that at all. I suppose different people find different voices pleasant to hear or not, but if you are going to spend hours listening to a voice, it's nice if you find one that you feel good listening to. A big thank-you to all the speakers on the courses, and especially to those who sound positive and friendly- sitting for hours recording crazy sentences and still keeping a smile in your voice must be some challenge :-)

October 9, 2017


Most of the voices (except on some courses like Irish and Hebrew) actually use TTS technology. Meaning text-to-speech. It's not a person reading the sentences, but the computer reading the text. :)

May I ask which course has the voice you don't like so much?

October 9, 2017

That's amazing. I didn't realise that. Thanks for sharing that. Presumably the computer software has been programmed by someone with a real voice, and that must at some point have taken someone a long time. I wonder if it is convincing to a native speaker. I would think that the intonation and timing would be the most tricky parts of that to get right.

I don't want to mention a particular course, in case it's a real person, and it would just be my opinion. I don't want to prejudice anybody towards it just because I find a particular voice unfriendly, myself!

October 12, 2017

I especially find it off-putting if there is no audio at all... Hope they'll get a voice for the Chinese course!

October 9, 2017

They have to. Chinese tones are said to be pretty hard.

Which courses have no audio (besides Swahili)?

October 9, 2017

You are a very nice person.

October 9, 2017
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