Hawai'ian has a human voice (good), Welsh has a rubbish robot (bad)
It seems unfair that a language with 20x fewer speakers gets a real human voice and Welsh is left with this. The Welsh robot voice is really not pleasant and can't even pronounce a lot of the words.
That's too bad! That means I've been training myself to hear Robot Welsh. I've been working on Welsh on Duolingo, up to level 9, and I hadn't noticed, because although I've studied Welsh on my own it was always the written form.
In actual fact it is a digitised real human voice and not completely computer generated. The pronunciation is very good and is spot on at least 80% of the time. Some problems arise when the voice attempts vowels that are long in real life but are not written with a circumflex accent and so the digitiser doesn't know to use the long version of the vowel rather than the short one. This is not a problem of the digitised voice rather it is a problem for the orthography of Welsh, where unlike Irish, most long vowels are not accented. The huge advantage of the digitised voice rather than having to record each of the tens of thousands of sentences, is that Welsh has had from the start sound with 99% of its Welsh sentences unlike courses like Irish where even after 4 years still has only a minority of its sentences voiced.
Any suggestions for a good site to hear actual Welsh spoken (Novice level, basic daily interaction stuff)?
As mentioned in the general Welsh discussions and in some of the course notes, go to learnwelsh.cymru and find the exercises for levels Mynediad and Sylfaen.
There's a podcast for Welsh Learners called Pigion that you might find useful.
Please report any particular test-to-speech errors to Duo - the course teams can do nothing about the TTS quality except to try and delete it for individual sentences where we find serious issues, and that does not always work. https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/204728264-How-do-I-report-a-bug-
As mentioned in the course notes, please do not use the 'report' button to raise issues about the TTS - only the course teams see those, rather than Duo staff.
Well, from what I hear of the Hawaiian course, it's a lot smaller than the Welsh one.
It would take along time to get recordings of a person speaking every sentence in the whole Cymraeg course.