Why is the audio so fast? We are just learning. Also, the speakers are not very clear. Sometimes
I don't understand the speakers. Their diction is not very clear. After all, it is not the same as speaking to someone in person. For beginners like myself, it's almost impossible to make out what they are saying. I continually have to go to the very slow version. Please make the audio of better quality. I am paying for this. Tony
Hi Tony, I'll try to give some hints to have a better experience without the need for a change:
I don't understand the speakers.
It doesn't seem to be unusual to me, listen & understand is the harder part of learning.
Their diction is not very clear.
That's correct. See next...
After all, it is not the same as speaking to someone in person.
Yes and No. Yes - It's harder to listen to someone you can't see - just an example I use often: In reality you won't have problems to distinguish between nosotros and nosotras if there's a man talking to you. I don't like these sentences using the "wrong" endings. No - from my experience the voices and speeds aren't very far from reality (maybe people in Spain can speak faster..:))
For beginners like myself, it's almost impossible to make out what they are saying.
It just needs practice, it's true that a beginner will have problems understanding sentences while he's trying to translate word by word while some of them aren't spoken clearly. Just one simple example: You'll never HEAR "Me encantaría ir a America" but ""Mencantaría ir america" instead. Without practice you are lost :)
I continually have to go to the very slow version.
No, you don't HAVE TO. You may use the turtle once in a while, but IMO it doesn't make things better using it all the time. Sometimes it's fine to try, there's no problem with making "mistakes". I remember I just entered a ? sometimes to get the sentence in written form. Then I used this one to try speaking it by myself.
The spoken Spanish is fine, that is the way it is spoken.
You want training wheels on your tongue. Good luck.
I have been encouraging people for over two years to treat listening as a separate discipline.
I always get downvoted by those who insist that learning how Spanish actually sounds is not important.
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There is nothing wrong with using the turtle, it's like asking a real life speaker to slow down and repeat words. It helps you to catch the words that are normally slurred over in every day speech. I use the turtle frequently, and then go back and listen to the regular speed. I often can then pick up words I just wasn't hearing initially. As a native English speaker, I typically say something that sounds like I'm gonna instead of I am going to, I wanna instead of I want to. There are similar run together words in Spanish. Mi hija usually sounds like mija. Esta agua sounds like estagua.