https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToniStauff

Irish needs more pronunciation help

In a lot of the other languages, such as Spanish, you get the sound of the pronunciation when you click on the word, or as you are matching. Irish has very little pronunciation help and it is a real problem since a lot of the words do not sound as they look. Are there any plans to increase the pronunciation support?

November 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FlakyRainbow

It's so sad, i agree, the pronunciation is so important. You can use forvo.com/languages/ga/ for now, while it's quiet here.

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ToniStauff

Thank you! I didn't know that site existed.

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cecescully

This site is also great; you can get text spoken in several dialects, and can have it go fast, regular speed, or slow. https://www.abair.tcd.ie/?lang=eng&page=synthesis&synth=gd&view=listen&speed=Gnáthluas&pitch=1.0&xpos=&ypos=&colors=default

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Reynir4536

Well, the Duo course is the best thing for pronunciation that I have ever had. Most tasks are accompanied with a reading. In a north Connacht dialect, with which I was by no means familiar at first, but is it not a good thing to be exposed to something that you are not used to? I have benefited a lot by that, also by the listening tasks which have sharpened my ears.

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anniebetty

What I wish I had is the basic grammar structure.

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jileha

Do you have access to the tips and notes? It doesn’t get any more basic and bite-sized than that. If you don’t see them in the app, use the browser version.

You can also access all of them at once on the tab Tips and Notes:

Duome.eu/Anniebetty/progress

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anniebetty

Thank you! Words are my work (in English), so this is frustrating for me. LOL! It's like flippin' Sanskrit.

November 15, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/scilling

The Spanish from English course uses speech synthesis, so every word has a computer-generated pronunciation available. The Irish from English course doesn’t have speech synthesis available, so recordings were made for approximately 25% of the exercises. It’s unlikely that more recordings will be made available before the release of the second Irish tree — and it is equally unlikely that all exercises will have recordings once the second tree has been released.

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sawney10000000

I would gladly take a computer generated voice if it meant I could have every word be said out loud when I click on it. I am purely on my phone so it’s very hard for me to go to external sites for pronounciation

November 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jileha

Actually, a lot of words do sound the way they look, it just takes a while to get used to both. Maybe practice the listening comprehension part more. Don’t look at the text when it is spoken, try to understand and write it down. When I make a spelling mistake, most of the time I kick myself afterwards because I know better or the pronunciation (e.g. syllables with a fada) gives the spelling away. I try to spell out new words even if I have no idea what the speaker is saying, and mostly get it right or almost right - just by transcribing the sound.

Of course, I wish all Irish sentences/words had the spoken text, but on the other hand, we have a human being instead of computerized synthetic speech, which I consider much more beneficial in the long run.

You’re just starting out. Give it some time, repeat all the utterances religiously while internalizing the spelling, and it will get better!

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cactus5764

I mean, with all the accents, it can be a bit complicated, so I agree with @ToniStauff

November 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bigninjafan420

very true lol

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kate233799

My husband advised me to stop the Irish course, (stay with French) he believed the pronunciation was wrong... what would he know after all he is Irish! The French I still do ...

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SatharnPHL
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Your husband is wrong. He may be more familiar with a different dialect of Irish, but in some respects, the audio on the Irish course is better than the audio on the French course.

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kate233799

A case of 'not often right but wrong again'? still his is a lovely accent.

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anniebetty

Duo makes a point of talking about dialects. The audio is an actual recording of a woman from a particular region. Discussion in first hints and tips list early in course.

November 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/g0atness

yes! I totally agree

December 31, 2018
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