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New TTS voice!

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I started doing today's Duo session -- and in the very first exercise heard a male voice. While I quite like the female TTS, it was a pleasant change to hear a different voice. The lady is still around, too, so there's now variation in the listening exercises.

I didn't see any new posts about this, so I made one myself. :P

2/13/2019, 7:34:39 AM

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https://www.duolingo.com/yspaddaden

I don't mind the idea of having multiple TTS voices, but the new masculine voice is sort of murky and more "robotic" sounding compared to the feminine voice, and I can't understand it quite as easily without headphones. It'd be nice to have an option to choose which voice or voices you want to use.

2/13/2019, 3:13:47 PM

https://www.duolingo.com/LineSalves

Haha, it freaked me out when I first heard it! But it helps a lot with understanding spoken Polish.

2/13/2019, 7:46:18 AM

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Why are you saying TTS ? text-to-speech is what you hear on those poorly made youtube videos, in which the uploader uses a TTS converter to produce robot-sounding speech instead of simply providing the voiceover himself/herself.

Quite honestly, that is NOT how the Duolingo Polish voices sound to me ! They genuinely sound like a real person read them specifically for the purpose of Duolingo training modules.

2/13/2019, 8:29:16 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Wippii
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It's clearly TTS. It's even "officially" stated to be the case with this course, so there really is no question about it. Except maybe the male voice -- but to me it sounds more like a TTS than the female voice does.

2/13/2019, 8:45:13 AM

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomasco3
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Well then, I stand corrected. Thank you for pointing this out to me.

That is quite frankly the best artificial voice I have ever heard. I wonder if the other Duolingo languages are using this technique.

2/14/2019, 4:17:06 AM
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