https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris80666

Voice change for Romanian

I noticed today that the female voice for Romanian has changed and the new voice is almost unusable. Is it possible to go back to the old voice? It was much clearer. As I say the new voice is almost unusable in comparison and it is seriously impacting my ability and will to continue using Duolingo. I'm sure I cannot be the only person that thinks this. Please Duolingo, take prompt action to resolve this.

Multumesc in advance!

May 2, 2019

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irivian

I checked out the course today and, as a native speaker, I had trouble understanding her at times. On occasion, her pronunciation was hilariously off.

If you guys want to hear certain sentences read by a native, let me know and I'll record them for you.

Tangent: I took the placement test and unlocked 77% of the course because it rejected some of my translations. Spoiler alert: their translations were garbage. Then I took another test to unlock the rest and found myself flagging a good number of sentences. Not to mention that many of the sentences I've encountered were boring, awkward, and unnecessarily complicated.

May 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris80666

That is very kind of you to offer doing some translations. The problem is it's really the whole voice (i.e. all sentences) that would need to be done. Shame Doulingo didn't take you up on your offer to use your real voice for free! I really hope someone there looks into this situation quickly.

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vincent051

Chris, totally agree with you. The new voice sounds totally unnatural and very unpleasant. I stopped doing Romanian lessons.

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/necronudist85

Same here, it's awful. In line with the new Duolingo way.

May 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Olga524383

I fully support and want to return the previous voice. The voice is absolutely awful now and annoying. How can we change the voice acting to the previous one. It was much better then now.

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris80666

Does anyone know how to make sure the Duolingo development team get to hear these comments?

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/necronudist85

Not once they've listened to the actual users, they only listen to ad hoc made up "research".

May 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kreetoo

Sunt de acord! It's been like this for at least a few months now (for me, not sure if they roll this out to users in stages). There are several threads about it. As a Plus user I emailed their support outlining how bad it is. Their response was basically "we'll pass it along". In one thread a Mod suggested reporting all the lessons with "the audio doesn't sound right" so they get the message.

I'm this close >< to canceling my Plus support since they refuse to address the problem. Not to mention the recent interface changes are a step backward in my opinion. I've been very grateful for the existence of Duolingo and all the work they put into it, but sorely disappointed that recent changes are making the experience much worse. Practicing takes twice as long now since I have to keep re-playing the audio.

May 4, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Irivian

If it makes you feel better, I had to listen to some sentences 3-4 times before I could understand what she was saying.

What I don't understand is why they refuse to use real human voices. A few years ago, when they were looking for help, I filled out an application and told them that I was willing to help record any audio they might need (for free). I'm native, I have a mainstream accent, and I don't sound like Baba Yaga. Obviously, no response.

I've already finished my Portuguese tree, so once I'm done with English via Portuguese (which is, ironically, far more helpful than its counterpart), I'll probably try other methods. I'd be happy to pay for Plus if I could gain access to an advanced Portuguese tree and to a European Portuguese option, but it doesn't look like they're willing to hire people to create that sort of content.

May 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Coriander18

Thanks Irivian. I was just beginning to wonder whether the new pronunciation was supposed to be an improvement on the old one and that we really need to say an unwritten 'm' on words like in (sorry can't do accent).

Having started with the previous voice I struggle quite a bit with the 'new' pronunciation.

June 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris80666

What's strange to me is that I only noticed the voice change a few days ago. That means that a week ago it was fine. Other people are talking about it having changed a couple of months ago, so I don't understand why it only changed for me last week? Any ideas?

May 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Chris80666

As instructed I have left a number of comments against particular phrases in the course which are particularly frustrating because I cannot really understand what the voice is saying. I must say I am very disappointed that no one from the Duolingo development team has even bothered to respond to a single comment that has been made or the general comments regarding the voice change. I guess what's really frustrating was that the voice seemed to be so much better before, which goes with the old saying "If it ain't broke don't fix it!". I've really enjoyed my experience with Doulingo up until about a week ago. As a free learning tool, I thought it was brilliant! Unfortunately, since the voice change, it has become increasingly difficult to understand and stay motivated. Does anyone else feel the same way and if so, given the lack of return communication from Duolingo, does anyone know of any other better free options there are out there?

I appreciate your comments and thank Doulingo for at least 3 months of a fun, motivating, learning experience!

La revedere!

May 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NLTrf3gN

drink sounds like boy, everytime :( bea baiat

May 10, 2019
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