Issue with 中 in Intro 1
The exercise asks what sound does 中 make? the audio clearly says “naka” but the correct answer from the options is not なか but さゆう which is another way to read this kanji. Thought I was going crazy so I had to look it up in the dictionary. It is my first time posting in duolingo so I hope this is where I am supposed to talk about issues with the app. Thanks!
Well, basically Japanese Kanji can always have different readings, depending on the context.
中国 is read ちゅうごく (chugoku) and means China
夜中 is read よなか (yonaka) and means midnight
Now, I believe doulingo doesn't allow characters to have multiple readings (mainly because that is not needed in most languages) and I bet 中 is used elsewhere later as なか, so someone must have made the choice to give it that sound instead of さゆう.
You might also notice that は is always pronounced 'wa' in the exercises even though it can also be read 'ha' in other contexts.
The Japanese course still has a beta tag on it, so they are already probably already aware of the issue and working on compatibility of kanji and the text-to-speech system.