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Human Voice > AI Voice?

After scrolling through the comments and reading so many complaints about how bad the robot lady's voice is for the Spanish lessons (is it the same for French, German, etc?), I wondered if the sentences could be better understood if they were voiced by a real person. It does get rather frustrating if the AI is unintelligible or if you hear a different word than you should.

Would this be at all possible to implement? I for one would be a lot more motivated if it felt like I was being taught by a real person instead of a bunch of zeros and ones. Wouldn't it be cool to click the speaker button and hear Luis von Ahn say "Soy un pinguino"? Pretty please, Luis?

What do you think, Duolingo community?

4 years ago

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/dj63010

I think that's a great idea. Maybe we should get a choice of voices like on my GPS

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Eey91
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I think Luis said something about this but I'm not pretty sure, you must have in mind this is not a simple process if you want to guarantee good recording quality, but of course, it would be awesome.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TKElliott
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Yes, I remember that. It's one of those things that are on the 'to-do' list - but, of course, so are plenty of other things. Like updating, and adding to, the trees, creating more language courses, etc. And providing a new voice isn't a simple job - you need high quality recordings of all the phrases and all the words... Then, of course, you've got problems with the size of the audio file. I listen to audiobooks, and I can choose what audio quality I want - the top quality is really excellent, but it takes up a lot more memory, so I never use it.

I think we will get better voices (maybe even a choice of voices) but not yet. Duolingo is so good, and has achieved so much, that I think sometimes it's hard to remember that it's only been going since 2011 - and for such a huge project, that's hardly any time at all.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/toopieare
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I think it would be great, but I don't really feel it should be prioritized given the list of other things that can be improved on. I'm fine if the robot can just be improved in reading - which is a problem that can be solved outside of Duolingo.

4 years ago