https://www.duolingo.com/kevin42taylor

Request for improved slow reading lessons

As a Duolingo learner of several languages (for English speakers), I believe that the slow reading option in lessons is a highly useful element. While this option is offered for most languages I have come across, in reality availability is often deficient. Some comments for specific languages:

German: The current female reader is excellent in both fast and slow versions . The current male reader often appears to lack provision of a slow reading option, which would be very helpful.

Portuguese: The current female reader is quite good in both fast and slow versions . The current male reader often appears to lack provision of a slow reading option, which would be very helpful.

Spanish: The current female reader is quite good in both fast and slow versions . The current male reader often appears to lack provision of a slow reading option, which would be very helpful.

French: The current female reader is quite good in both fast and slow versions . The current male reader is also quite good and does offer a slow reading option, which shows that this is also entirely possible from male readers also.

Japanese: A slow reading option appears not to be currently available. This would be very helpful to beginners such as me

General comment: With today's technology, providing a slow reading option would not to involve significant extra time or cost, especially since texts are already available in normal speed versions, and would, I believe, considerably ease the learning task for many language learners.

Kevin Taylor

kevin42taylor

December 28, 2017

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Hi Kevin,

you chose the wrong sub-forum!

You better move (edit) this to Troubleshooting or DuoLingo(English).

December 28, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Have you tried with opening the single skill, instead of the global "strengthen skills" button?

You can read in multiple threads that the new Spanish male voice does not seem to support slow TTS.

My advise:
Try Lingvist.
The recorded audio (full sentences) is much better than Spanish DuoLingo voices or Google TTS.

December 28, 2017
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