https://www.duolingo.com/Gato-Gordo

Las Voces En Mi Cabeza

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Is it just me?

It usually is to be fair, but I'm really struggling with the male Duolingo voice.

The woman's voice I find clear and lucid and can usually understand what she says first time at normal speed without any problem.

On the other hand I find the man's voice indistinct and slurred and more often than not unclear even at slow speed and often even when I can see the words I have difficulty following what he's saying.

I appreciate that in real life we'll come across all types of speech and accents, some clear and some not so clear, and I think it is a good idea to have different voices on Duolingo but sometimes he's just totally unintelligible.

3 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/uebergeek
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I was justing noticing that about the male Spanish voice today. Maybe he's got a cold. :-D I have sometimes had intermittent trouble with the Spanish voices; I suspect it's a combination of being a non-native speaker and the acoustics of your listening environment with respect to a given speech synthesizer (e.g., bassy speakers on a desk seems to make him slur his speech more.) I sometimes work on the reverse tree -- so the robots are speaking English (my native language )-- and I have noticed a similar slurring effect on some sentences with relatively bassy speakers. If I'm listening on my phone speakers, I find the male Spanish voice easier to understand than on my speakers, since the muddy bass is cut out. The synths may be eq'd more for laptops and phones, since most Duolingoers probably use one or the other (or maybe I just have muddy speakers.) In any case, you could try headphones or some other speakers or device, and see if it helps (or hurts!)

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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I suspect men's voices are harder in all languages. Robots in Duolingo are very good, the voices for Spanish sound almost human. Other students have said the male voice is hard too. For me, as a native speaker, both voices are excellent, with some robotic issues about intonation in long sentences (questions are not enoug different from statements, the female voice seems to be laughing about something in some sentences), but very good pronunciation, equivalent to human pronunciation.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sebecraft
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I find Spanish to have one of the best text-to-speech on DuoLingo and I rarely have a problem with it. Sometimes I get frustrated, but I think mostly I've always had a bit of an issue getting the dipthongs at full speed. The speech-to-text is so much better than it was before they switched over to these current voices, though. Any text-to-voice is hard when you're new to studying a language, though.

Actually, occasionally I've come across an exercise still using the old text-to-speech and I remember how far text-to-speech has come.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/antonmo
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hmm, but I have more trouble understanding the female voice...

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanni0604

Haha, I hear no voice at all. My sound has been out all year... :(

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Peztis
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For me it is the reverse ... :D

3 months ago
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