https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles

A new companion on the German course?

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I noticed today the German lady has gotten noticeably younger. Or went on holiday and left a substitute. Or the team are trying out a new audio ;-)

Has anyone else noticed? Did I miss the announcement? Is there a reason for the change?

February 13, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/alpha3099

I wish they would fix the male voice. For some reason, I cannot hear him clearly no matter how hard I try.

It is probably a me thing since I have a problem with hearing voices that are more on the computerized end. He just doesn't flow for me and sounds more like an AI to me and I am terrible at picking him up, especially word endings.

February 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Mark.Blij

The new 'girl' speaks more properly. I live in a city in The Netherlands near the border of Germany, so I speak very often with Germans. The new girl sounds more like the natives I have met... So the team did a good job by changing the audio.

February 13, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles
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Well to me she sounds like she has an accent ;-)

February 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Will-J-Crawford
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Oddly, this seems to depend on whether people have met Germans from the (old) East or West. In my last but one job, I had two German colleagues, one of each - their voices / accents were completely different.

February 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Druckles
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It's also a north/south difference. Germany has as much variation in accent as anywhere else :-). I find the Bavarian accent, for instance, analogous to listening to Scottish.

February 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Will-J-Crawford
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This made me smile because I thought the "old" voice sounded just like at least one German that I've met :o)

February 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Dani464799

Noticed it also. I did happen to notice different words in the prepositions section. They were mostly locations but I had not seen them before.

February 14, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperLearner007
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Genau! Es ist viel besser IMM!

February 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sea-mist

Yes I noticed a new female younger voice say something. I thought it was a nice change to hear a different voice. I thought her voice is clearer than the male voice.

February 15, 2019
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