How does Google Translate have anything to do with the audio in Duolingo? :)
Maybe people hear this differently depending on how well their brains are trained to register the various sounds. With your 20 rating in Chinese I dare say your brain is a lot better wired to turn the sound into what you expect it should be, than mine is. I assume I'm just hearing the raw sound for what it is (or what I perceive it to be), until my brain is trained enough to map it to "yuan".
Of course, the processing of external stimuli is very subjective. It's amazing what the brain can do to one's perception of reality. Google "gorilla selective attention test" for an example.
Interesting theory, I have difficulty understanding certain English accents. There is also research, from what little I remember, supporting the theory that babies are born with the ability to speak the intricacies of every language but lose this ability once they pick up languages, and so it follows that the older you are, the harder it is to learn a language.
In all honesty, being fluent in Chinese, I find the speaker kinda annoying sometimes with all the inconsistencies in pronunciation or just in general so I turned it off in settings after completing the tree.
The accent here is leaning slightly towards what is known as the "Beijing" accent, which sounds "rounded" and with what sounds similar to rolling "r"-s. There are other clearer ones, and I'd recommend the "Taiwanese" accent for it's clear and "clean" pronunciation.
Take note, if you do watch videos and such, that they have names for things not used, only used in figurative speech or rarely used, elsewhere, e.g. 勒色 for 垃圾 and 铁马 or 单车 for 自行车 or 脚车.
As for google translate, it is usually my go-to site, which really says nothing about it's accuracy but merely convenience and accessibility.
Hey there! Duolingo newbie here. While I agree that it does sound like yuan, I understand how it may sound like gan to people beginning to learn the language. I studied Chinese from prep to HS and am here to refresh my knowledge on the language. Not the best way to do it as my focus is more on the characters as I deem that my accent is already good, but it's an easy and accessible app and still helps!
My suggestion would be to place a slower option in order to accommodate people with different learning paces. :)
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