Now the real question is, what should we name the Romanian voice?
We all know her,
We all hate her,
But what is her name?
Lingots for clever responses.
Humor me please ;)
Call her Irina. It reminds me of an ad from a sausage company called Kosarom in the nineties, let me see if I can google it. The woman in that ad could wake up the dead.. (and they used to play it on the radio in the morning).
Well, I did google it, and there are still ads for that company on youtube, some quite recent, and it seems the company is still alive and well (I left Ro 20 years ago), but that specific ad from that time, I can not find.. :(
When listening to it slowly (and backwards) I believe she made a haunting reference to herself as Ms. Screech (Scric in Romanian).
I would like to say that I appreciate Duolingo as a resource and the enthusiasm it seems to generate about the magical subject of language. I would generally not complain and am more than willing to tolerate imperfections, but, ay, this "voice".
The funniest part is that I found the previous voice so pleasant. It was really contributing to my excitement about learning Romanian because it sounded so cool. I am wondering, since you seem to have more familiarity with spoken Romanian, did it not sound reasonably authentic? Though very unpleasant to the ear, I would still work with this voice if it was helping to learn the language, but it definitely does not sound right to me and based on other people's commentary it seems debatable if "she" is always speaking Romanian or some hybridized dialect of Romanian/Machine Squawkian.
ScottJF1, firstly, I appreciate your passionate and detailed answer very much! I am glad you think that I seem to have more knowledge about Romanian than I actually do. I'm only about a level A2. Still, I agree with your observations. The other voice was much, much better. Honestly, the whole point of this provocative post is to possibly get someone's attention to have it fixed or at least try to laugh a little while we wait in duo-romanian purgatory :)
Submissions from ScottJF1: Domnișoară Scric / The Squawkian
It does have an appropriately frightening ring to it, Domnișoară Scric, The Squawkian,
Yes, I keep thinking that if there is enough noise about it someone that can do something about it will notice, but I'm sort of new around here. Some compensating laughs in the meantime are always welcome!
By the way, I do think the voice has gotten slightly better in the last week or so (or maybe it's just Stockholm Syndrome) .
Also, for someone who's "sort of new around here" but has already reached Romanian level 16, that's pretty amazing--keep up the studying!
I'm so sorry I cannot comment on that, my dear! It is not her fault, whatever it's her name:) !
It's just a joke. We're giving her a name because she's a TTS voice (I think) :)))
I call her Domnisoara Ioana... anyway that's one of only 4 names that you can see on the course... the first one could be Maria... and than if we would be lucky like in French course to have both male and female voices, then we could add Mihai and Andrei ;) :D
I must also admit the first voice did sound to me more natural and less like a machine :)