https://www.duolingo.com/Vivian923643

The New Romanian voice teacher DOES NOT SOUND CORRECT AT ALL.

My entire family is from Romania. I was little when we moved to the States, so the children in the family only know broken Romanian. But my parents and cousins speak it fluently and I know what it sounds like, no doubt. This new voice is completely mispronouncing every word.

February 23, 2019

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/SamSam43721

It sucks indeed. My wife, a native Romanian speaker told me yesterday when I was practicing in bed that she thought it was Chinese :). Ok she was not paying attention, she was reading a book...

I found a website that is a good complement to Duolingo that I'm using: https://www.learnro.com/romanian-lessons It has many audio and video files. I find the audio better than here on Duolingo. However Duolingo is much better for the exercices, completness of lessons.

P.S. I have all the respect for Chinese

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Riinka1

Yes, it does sound very Chinese indeed (I've tried to learn Mandarin Chinese before). I also find it rather disruptive that in many cases the voice just cuts out abruptly hence I cannot hear the pronunciation properly.

Btw, thanks for the link SamSam! I'll definitely check that one out :)

March 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/D3XT3RY0NuT

It sucks a lot!

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carmen_Chiem

Petition to have Sebastian Stan do the voice for Romanian. He's the reason why a good portion of us wanted to learn Romanian anyways.

February 23, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ingochris

Who?

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Carmen_Chiem

Sebastian Stan is a Romanian-American actor. He is most recognizable for his role as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was born in Romania and lived there until he was 8. Although he has a slight American accent while speaking Romanian now because he hasn't gone back in 14 years, he's still fluent.

He's the one on my profile picture.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandybell1990

I noticed a couple of Winter Soldier aka Sebastian Stan fans in the forum, but it never occurred to me that's why they were studying Romanian. In fact, I thought some of them might be Romanian. :) Anyway, I guess everyone has their reasons for learning a certain language.

And for anyone else out there wondering who's Sebastian Stan, here's the link to his IMDB profile: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1659221/

It's great if he can still speak Romanian. I imagine that would be pretty difficult to keep up if he was only eight when he left Romania.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrei926539

Please use the report function on the bad audio and provide feedback.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowlena-L

That's kind of useless because then we'd be reporting every single exercise.

--she says in a passive-aggressive voice...

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrei926539

That's the idea. If there are a number of reports on the same issue, someone will notice. My hands are tied.

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Abidaga

I've submitted a bug report too. The new voice is really poor. I've tried to get on with it, wondering if I was just resistant to change, but it's really robotic & largely incomprehensible to me unless I use the "slow" version.

February 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ScottJF1

I have found the slow version equally excruciating, especially with small words.

March 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowlena-L

Ok, will do, but I think they should have noticed by now--there have already been several posts about it in the last few weeks.

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrei926539

Indeed. I have also reported it internally.

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sandybell1990

I doubt that Duolingo staff are monitoring the discussion forums for problems to fix in the software. If you think that this issue is systemic due to a recent change in the software you could try submitting a bug report:

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

I've used it once, and while I received immediate confirmation that they got it, I'm afraid that ultimately it ended up in a black hole as I never received any feedback re. the issue I was reporting. However, it might be better than complaining in the discussion forum or having to report incorrect audio on every single sentence.

See also:
https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204728264-How-do-I-report-a-bug-

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Michael386895

I've submitted a bug report on the link provided. If enough of us report the same issue, hopefully it will prompt a change ASAP

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vivian923643

I already have, but since I cannot contact duolingo directly i hoped they would see my comment here.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Abidaga

I wonder if one of the problems is the editing. I've noticed that at normal speed, some endings (eg the -lor in ziua tatilor) are completely absent, it appears to have been clipped off. This has the effect that often I find I need to listen to the slow speed. Furthermore, having to listen in slow speed, in combination with long sentences, makes timed exercises almost impossible.

April 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sartanamac

Hello , how are you . i ha ve a cuestiĆ³n.Is romanian easy or difficult to learn. Please answer my question. Thank you. Have a wonderful day

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Rowlena-L

You'll receive much better responses if you make your own thread instead. Romanian is just like any other language. If you're truly dedicated and practice every day you'll see improvement.

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vivian923643

If you practice frequently, you will catch on easily

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/danimoser82

It may not sound authentic and correct to native Romanian speakers, but to me who's learning Romanian, the new voice is much easier to understand than the previous one. Also, I think Duolingo is not the right place to polish one's pronunciation, but rather for learning the vocabulary and some grammar.

February 24, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vivian923643

That makes no sense. why on Earth would you prefer to learn how to pronounce Romanian blatantly wrong? Please use google translate for that, not a language learning website.

February 25, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/iiai
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@Vivian923643 Google does not pronounce much better than this TextToSpeach used by Duolingo, unfortunately... I tested and tested it again, Google is not mature yet in Romanian. I think the only one valid solution for this course is to record again all sentences and to separate the words after recording. Some good and clear Romanian voices are not so hard to be found. We have a lot of actors and teachers with really beautiful voices.

February 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/danimoser82

Both the old and the new voice are far from authentic, and having learned Romanian since it was available on Duolingo, I can say that I prefer the new one! But everybody has their own taste.

Don't forget we are talking about a free language site with content delivered from volunteers! If you want professional content, then pay for it, or maybe record your own voice in "authentic" Romanian to contribute to the community. Let's see how that's going to sound :)

February 26, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Vivian923643

The old voice was correctly pronouncing the words. As I wrote in my post, my whole family is native Romanian. And its not about opinion, the new voice will teach you wrong.

February 27, 2019
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