Could courses like the Chinese have a slower speech / listening mode, please? (the "Turtle" Button)
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A kind suggestion; since languages like the Chinese [edit: or the Japanese / Korean] can be a bit alien to the non-far-eastern ear, could we have a slower speech/listening mode too, please? (the "Turtle" Button)
It would be especially useful in order to understand the ups and downs of the tonal languages, even more in the listening exercises.
I do perfectly understand the courses are in Beta, and this may already be under way.
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Japanese and Korean desperately need a slow button as you describe even more than Chinese. With Chinese, this would need to be implemented such that it doesn't affect tone sandhi (which might be difficult as I think the 'turtle button' in most languages just takes the audio of isolated words and strings them together, which would not work well at all with Mandarin).
It can (and I think must) be made somehow, everything is possible.
They could break the sound into even smaller chunks, like two e-Ε for ί.... or try various modes of smoothing out any strange ups+downs.
Or, simply put, all the words could be recorded twice. One time normal, and one time with someone pronouncing them slow. The cost of hiring a professional to do that will be smaller than the gains from the extra subscriptions. If Duolingo manages to have the best gamified Chinese e-course around the planet, or if it is one of the leaders, then more learners will lead to a bigger subscriber ratio. It's absolutely doable, with Chinese, Korean, Japanese, etc., etc..
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""" The server backend is written in the programming language Python. A component called the Session Generator was rewritten in Scala by 2017. The frontend is written in Backbone.js and Mustache. """
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I need a much lower speed, all the more because the pronunciation is often (very) bad; I regularly have to read a sentence, after I first listened to it 3 or 4 times and have no idea what is being said .... to discover that it is really unintelligible!
In any case, it is an illusion to think that students can learn a language if the sentences are spoken at a much too fast pace: every student knows that without having followed a study of didactics ....