https://www.duolingo.com/sc_acc

Sometimes fast and slow audio have significantly different pronunciations

Well, I've noticed it with the word "grand" specifically.

In the phrase "L'homme grand est suisse.", in the fast-spoken French, "grand" is clear, but in the slow, the word "grand" has two syllables, and actually sounds like "bo-ron" or "mo-ron". It sounds nothing like "grand". I've come across this twice as I've gone through the lessons.

Here's a link to the slowed-down audio:

http://tts.duolingo.com/tts/speak/fr/L%27homme%2520grand%2520est%2520suisse%2520%253F?type=lesson=70p

(Take off the speed variable above to hear it at full speed.)

July 16, 2012

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ozdoc

There are correct examples of this due to liaison. In the slowed down version the words are spoken alone as if there is no context. So, in the example cited there should be a difference because of the liaison with est. Sometimes there are just poor sound files and one or other example is very hard to interpret. I haven't been reporting them but we probably should.

July 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/sc_acc

ozdoc: is there a beta-feedback form we should use, do you know? Or should we just post here in the questions area?

July 17, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/siebolt

You are right, but I don't think complaining about is going to help at all. It sometimes catches me off guard too. I shrug it off and try to identify what the changes are, so I understand the phrase nevertheless. If not: Well the owl will cry for me.

July 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/sc_acc

Since this is a beta, I'm assuming they want feedback on things that aren't working as expected. I don't think they got to where they are today by ignoring user feedback.

July 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/geometry

I have noticed this too. I thought it might be due to liaison. I don't understand liaison very well, but it has been mentioned in some Questions and Insights as a system under which otherwise silent sounds appear when words are spoken consecutively, changing their pronunciation.

July 16, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ozdoc

sc_acc: there is always a feedback tab on the left side of the screen you can use at any time

July 17, 2012
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