Translation:– Do you dance the tango often? – No. We have so little time these days.
No, but they do say "let's tango" and "how often do you tango?" But use of tango as a verb rarely extends to other tenses. You can say we waltsed all night but "we were tangoing all night" sounds off, not that people never say it. And ballet is never a verb. You just have to learn what is considered standard usage for each dance. You can also "do the tango" and do many other dances. But "do the waltz" sounds a bit funny.
I think it's mostly about the space between the words, I have a hard time distinguishing when they leave such little space between them and the words sound all smushed together. It's not that the words need to take longer, as they do with the slow speed... it's that we need to be able to hear pauses between the words better.
But in the language spoken naturally there may not be audible pauses. Let the slow speed break it down for you and then listen to the normal speed knowing what the words are. It's like French--at first a sentence may sound like one long word, but you get to recognize the strings of syllables as different words eventually.
Yes, that's the way native speakers would speak —but we're students, and I like to think native speakers might be kind enough to slow down for we who are so obviously new to their language.
In other words, I agree that an option of normal-speed words with longer spaces between could be helpful.
Picking up on Michelle. Speed is one thing, but intonation is different. I suspect that even Finns will raise their voice at the end of a question. This does not happen in the audio. Furthermore, there are two parties to this conversation. One that asks and another that answers. That is also lost in the audio. I would like DUO to impress this on those who do the voice overs.
Some people do, but many people don't raise their voice at the end of a question, if it's not an atypical one, such as "Hannu?" ('[Did you say / Is his name / Are you] Hannu?'). So you'd better get used to it. I agree with the conversation idea though. It would be great to have different voices for them.