Devoicing happens naturally in many languages at the end of a sentence, or more generally, before a pause in speech. Because there's no vowel (which is generally always voiced) or other voiced sound following anymore, the voicing in speech will often be reduced or turned off for the consonant(s) after the last vowel.
It's very obvious with the Spanish 'r', but you can find it in English as well. Try pronouncing:
- a scared owl
- The owl is scared.
The "scared" in the second sentence will have the 'd' devoiced, sounding closer to a 't'.
Didn't see anywhere in instruction that "bir" is pronounced "bish" - rhymes with dish... - how in the world??? I'm coming back to practice and I got it right ONLY because I knew what it was SUPPOSED to be. She says "bish" - fast or slow... and if bir is supposed to be pronounced bish, then why doesn't Duo teach you that???
Bonzer, the sound at the end of the sentence is a devoiced trilled 'r'. Depending on the speaker, it can come in many different variations. When I do it, for example, it usually sounds like a little whistle. Otherwise, things similar to 'sh', 's', or a Spanish 'j' sound are common as well.
I think they have since changed it to the male voice. I wanted to hear the "devoiced R." I want my Spanish to sound authentic, so I don't mind this complication. This is probably how it really sounds in the flow of speech. (?) Like how Americans say "gonna" instead of "going to."
Quiero is already conjugated, and you can only have one conjugated verb per clause. The other verbs will stay in their infinitive form or become participles. You do the same in English, saying "He wants to write", using the infinitive "to write" instead of conjugating both verbs and saying "He wants writes."
Thats it for me. Im never answering another spoken robot recording. Its a real let down using the app. My best advice is STOP USING THE APP. The mobile site is leaps and bounds more useful. The app is disheartening and angers me into quiting daily . i admit im going pretty hardcore everyday.. But im boycotting the spoken word junk, its not up to par with the system.
Usually this implies a typo was made that you didn't see.
Ryagon already pointed out the typo.
Anytime you feel like you typed it in right and we're counted wrong, slow down and read it very slowly. You may even have to compare letter by letter as once our brains assume something it can actually hide right in front of us.