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The le in Chinese.

Has anyone else noticed the weird way that the le in Chinese is pronounced?

3 weeks ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/mendosi
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Yes, I have tried to report this. The way it is pronounced, often, is liao3 instead of le. That is a legitimate second pronunciation for an alternate meaning of 了. I guess they have trouble ensuring the correct pronunciation is used in each exercise. I think it is a big problem, because it is teaching the wrong pronunciation.

See "When 了 isn't le at all" in https://www.chineseboost.com/grammar/le-grammar-summary/

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KennyHolst

Yeah.. this has been a forum complaint for over a year. There's several other instances of this type of error in the course for other characters that have multiple pronunciations. In my opinion, it's the worst type of error in the entire course, because as you mentioned, it actually teaches incorrectly. Other stuff is just annoying.

But I don't recall it even being acknowledged. Some people suspected it's simply not an easy thing to adjust with how their course is engineered. Frankly, I lost hope a long time ago of it ever being fixed.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mendosi
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Seems odd that this would be an intractable problem, Chinese is hardly the only language to have homographs with different pronunciations: lead/lead, bass/bass, bow/bow, minute/minute, sewer/sewer etc.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KennyHolst

Japanese would have it the worst of probably any language, if they're using kanji. Virtually all of their characters have at least 2-3 pronunciations.

I think they must be able to solve for this problem, i.e. by adding the same homograph as two different words in their system. But the issue is likely that once they've added it into a sentence, they simply can't replace it easily. At least the course contributors can't - the engineers would have to.

2 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JeonJungkookBias

Yup, the way in Chinese to me seems like, "LUH".

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/YatlongDon

yes. read like LUH, but the h sound is super week and if you mean "lighted sound, not 1-4 sound", that need to be read very fast.

3 weeks ago
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