Sorry to bother everybody... but how am I supposed to know how to pronounce the words that they say to repeat, when I can't understand what their saying!!! Is there a way to slow the text down or something, because they only have turtle mode, and it still is confusing...

September 16, 2018


control+shift+space bar. Slows it down.

If you haven't studied French before then it'll be difficult at first. Just like any language. You'll get a few wrong. "c'est" will sound like "ce" and "ces" and "sait" at first. You'll get used to it eventually. You'll hear subtle differences, or you'll see clues in context that will tell you which one you're hearing.

FWIW, I found the "type what you hear" the most difficult at first as well. I had to slow them down at first. Eventually I got to the point that I can usually get it at full speed. Try to listen to the full sentence first, before starting to type.

Also, it's okay to get it wrong. It will give you the correct answer below and you'll have to do it again later in the program.

Th good news is that French people don't actually sound like the duolingo robo-voice. I've found that they're actually a little easier to understand. (The well-eduated and sober ones are, anyway. Some of the guys on the street will be a little harder to understand but you can just nod politely and move away slowly. So when you get to the point that you can consistently understand the robot, then you're well equipped to understand real humans, because it's easier.)

Don't forget to do the stories under "Labs" once in a while, and watch some movies and cartoons on youtube. If you can stand it, France24 is also live 24 hours per day, but their news programs are like US new programs: talking heads talking about politics. I can't stomach more than a few minutes of it at one sitting. If you're into that sort of thing, there's no shortage of it in French, and it's an excellent way to get used to hearing the French language at full speed.

September 16, 2018

Smash your computer, that's what I did.

September 17, 2018


maybe you need to learn a few months (the basics) on Memrise, Mondly (sounds like native speaker voices; there is no way to slow down), where they don't use TTS.

Memrise courses often add native recorded audio from and other resources; some words have 2-4 audio recordings.

September 17, 2018

The commercial language learning site supports slow audio repeatings recorded - with short breaks per word - by native speakers.

French and Canadian French is available, but I had quickly tested Spanish (because of my Portuguese skills).

There is a free 30 minute web demo.

September 17, 2018

thanks guys

September 17, 2018
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