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

Important Update from Team Irish!

Hi guys!

We know you guys have been waiting patiently for our course, so I'd like to get you up to speed on everything that has been going on behind the scenes :)

(Note: This update has been directly copied from our course's page on the Incubator. I just wanted to make sure as many people as possible see this)

Dia daoibh!

We are moving from our usual Saturday update once again to bring you up to speed on some important developments that have taken place behind the scenes.

As most of you know, the issue that is causing us to remain in Phase 1 is the TTS (or lack thereof). So it brings me great pleasure to tell you that a solution has been found! screams of delight

Let me go into a bit more detail :) Instead of using a traditional TTS like previous courses that automatically generate audio for individual sentences, our course will use recordings of a real human. This will mean two things: 1) The audio will be of very high quality and 2) Not all sentences in the course will have audio. But (<-And that's a big but) there will be more than enough sentences that have audio to make sure that every lesson has a good mix of different exercises. We are very happy with the audio we have heard and we would like to take this chance to thank Team Duolingo for their hard work and for getting us such a great voice :)

So, what does this mean for you, the 20,000 users that have shown their interest in our course? (See how I worked that number in real nicely without sounding too braggy?) Well, this means a lot of things! 1) We are well and truly on our way to beta. 2) Our course is going to have audio. 3) Our course is going to have really good audio. 4) You are gonna love our course and 5) You can get excited again xD

Estimated Time of Arrival: Soon™ (I know how much some of you hate that word, but let me assure you that now more than ever, do we actually mean soon...so like....really soon)

EDIT: All recordings are complete.

Beir bua agus beannacht,

AlexinIreland and the rest of Team Irish

August 13, 2014

117 Comments


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

Yes, yes, yes! This is fantastic news, Team Irish! Wow, the first course with a real human voice, amazing. Now I really cannot wait to try Irish out. :D

August 13, 2014

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

AAHH!! This image is driving me insane!!

Is it SO hard to draw a rainbow with the Red on the outside!?! is it!?! It is a simple fact of science!!

I hate it when ppl draw rainbows in the wrong color order or scheme or whatever.

August 14, 2014

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

So maybe it's a secondary rainbow then. ;-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow#Multiple_rainbows

August 14, 2014

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

I know what a secondary rainbow is, but it is obviously not that.

If someone here is going to be a smart-alec, it is going to be me!

August 14, 2014

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

That's nothing. What about the people who draw it blue, red, green, purple, yellow, or some other combination. This rainbow is as close as we can get to the real thing. ;)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/natsent06

I love how we went from the Irish course to rainbows!!!!XD

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margaret3535

You are too far off topic

August 15, 2014

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

This is the perfect pic to express this post! :)

August 14, 2014

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

What can I say? I've got a knack for gifs. ;)

August 14, 2014

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

A GIFt. See what I did? Eh?

August 14, 2014

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

But that was a meme not a gif, gifs move.

August 15, 2014

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

That's awesome...

<h1>A real human :D</h1>

This course will have the best pronunciation yet...

August 13, 2014

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

At some-point it'd be interesting if the courses already offered (German, Spanish, Italian, etc) also implemented real human audio and we had an option between the text-to-speech or human audio.

August 14, 2014

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

I think everyone would choose human audio :) I don't think it's that necessary, like the Irish course, since they are understandable.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

I think everyone would choose human audio :)

Careful, don't tell the Duolingo team that. When Duolingo was first being developed, there were human voices. However, Duolingo's "metrics" said that people preferred TTS over human pronunciation, and so that is what they went with.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Z.Shan
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I didn't know that! Where did you get that info? Any links/screenshots that I can check out? They have been using TTS since the public launch, so have you been here since their Beta phase?

2014.08.14 EDT

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

I originally signed up during the public launch (this isn't my original account) and I never got to try the real voices, but here is what Luis von Ahn said.

http://www.reddit.com/r/duolingo/comments/142lry/did_the_portuguese_audio_improve_yet/c79q24c

I can't believe I found that source tbh. Had to CTRL+F "TTS" through all of Luis' comments. This information isn't widely known it seems, and I can see why. They rarely mentioned it.

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Z.Shan
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Thank you very much, Zach! Luis should probably conduct the A/B test again since the website wasn't as great as it is now. I'll make sure to mention this to Monica in the incubator. :)

2014.08.14 EDT

August 15, 2014

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

Really? What Z. Shan said, is there a source? I was just thinking that everyone would choose human audio, because there have been a lot of complaints about the voice, bad pronunciation, etc.

edit: Thanks for the link, wow, that was really interesting...

August 15, 2014

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

I, for one, am willing to wait any amount of time for this course, especially since the audio will now be from a real human! I'm jumping up and down with excitement right now! Thank you Alex and Team Irish for all your hard work! Luck Maith!

August 13, 2014

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

Thanks Jack :) You are very patient! Have some lingots...

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jackmchugh12

what region/dialect would he/she come from? :) And by the way thanks this is the most promising post yet haha :)

August 14, 2014

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

We do not know much about the person who is making the recordings, but we can confirm that she has quite a neutral accent that is very easy to understand.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jackmchugh12

oh that's good :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flint72

So I take it that you have spoken with or heard her already, yes?

Moreover, I am guessing that she is a native of one of the Gaeltactht, yes? Otherwise a learned pronouncation may not be quite as 'good/ natural' (or maybe it would, I'm open to correction).

August 14, 2014

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

We have hear her voice in several samples and her pronunciation is pretty spot on. We do not know where she is from, but she does have quite a "neutral" accent.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flint72

Actually, come to think of it, the Professor of Irish in Cambridge is from the US, but I've been told that she has the most perfect accent as gaeilge (so much so that hers is a whole lot better than mine!), so perhpas it does not matter if the voice person is native.

August 14, 2014

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

I agree, being a native doesn't mean much. My French professor in college was not a native but when we went to France together, people gave her compliments on her accent. She said that because she has musical ears she can pick up accents easier and better than the average human.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankySka
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I am so excited!!!!!!!

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August 14, 2014

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

WOW, Duolingo will reach its next level with the Irish course!

August 14, 2014

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

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WAIT, even though you can't get audio for every sentence, can we still at least hear audio for each word whenever you hover over it?

Like maybe you could cutout the soundbyte of the word from each sentence?

August 14, 2014

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

I don't have that info right now, but I will ask a member of staff. (They won't be back til Monday)

August 14, 2014

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

Out of curiosity, who's the human?

August 13, 2014

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

We don't know who they are, but we are considering giving them a name to identify them with :)

August 13, 2014

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

Male or female voice?

August 13, 2014

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

Female

August 13, 2014

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

I suggest the name "Erin." ;) Thanks for the update. Erin go bragh!

August 13, 2014

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

To throw out a few other suggestions:

  • Gael (Gaelic-speaking person / inhabitant of Ireland)
  • Ide/Ida (~thirst for knowledge)
  • Deidre/Deirdre ("she who chatters" but also seemingly a rather depressing mythic character)
  • Cady (~rhythmic flow of sounds)
  • Teagan (little poet)
  • Colleen ("girl" although it seems like expats created it as a name)

I don't suppose there's a cute name for "owl"?

August 14, 2014

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

Aoife would sound nice

August 14, 2014

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

WOW! I'm really excited for this course now, I was worried that the TTS would be as bad as French or as fuzzy as Italian, but it sounds like it might turn out for the best.

A REAL HUMAN

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

THIS IS GREAT NEWS! You have no idea how excited I am. Not only for the course itself (Brian Bóroimhe!) but finally... finally... there will be real, human voices on Duolingo! I hope that carries over to other courses eventually. I know what Duolingo's "metrics" have to say about it, but I think it's the vastly superior solution.

August 13, 2014

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

Thanks for the update! Soo, based on other comments, does this mean that the human doing the voices is not going to be from Team Irish? Is a professional then going to be paid for the voices? There was a confirmation on female, so is this a confirmation that somebody is already picked up, or just that the whole team wants a female voice? (Along with this is, is it even decided what method? Or because just "female human voice" with no other specifics?) I also think this is great news for other courses, since I know one of the Hungarian course makers was unsatisfied with Hungarian TTS. Thanks as always for your hard work Team Irish. I will be patiently waiting for the "soon" to come.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_gs9

Thanks for the update Alex, this is amazing news! (Although I must admit I did pop into your chatroom and see this discussed recently so it's not really "news" for me). I can see this making the Irish course particularly popular and indeed quite special. I'd love to see this rolled out to every single course on Duo one day!

I have two questions though. Will all individual words have audio or not? What is the decision to select a sentence for audio?

Anyway I can't wait to try out the course, thank you again to you and your whole team for doing such amazing work :D

August 13, 2014

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

Thanks @_gs9! I thought I saw you popping in every now and then :P

Will all individual words have audio or not?

Each word will have at least 1 sentence with audio.

What is the decision to select a sentence for audio?

Team Duo decide that based on a variety of different factors.

Feel free to come by our chatroom anytime if you have any more questions, or even if you just want to say hi!

August 13, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_gs9

Haha! Thanks for the reply :) Maybe next time I'm having a nose I might just say hi!

August 13, 2014

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

How does one enter this 'chatroom'?

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_gs9

The chatrooms are only accessible to course contributors :)

August 14, 2014

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

Oh, I see. Thanks!

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rewjeo
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Have my upvotes, have my lingots, have my undying adoration, and whatever else you want!

I do have a couple questions, though: Firstly, what dialect will the speaker use? My understanding is that Irish can actually vary quite a bit by location. Secondly, have you put any thought in as to what you'll do with the voice in the future? Do you know now if you will eventually get more recordings, potentially even with different voices?

August 13, 2014

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

I just screamed so loudly and hysterically that my windows are TOTALLY SHATTERED. Does anyone know any good window repairmen? Wow wow wow, the first course with a REAL HUMAN VOICE! I am so amazed!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/underwood.jones

Very excited for this! When you say not all sentences will have audio, I must admit I am struck with a certain sinking feeling...are there plans to eventually implement audio for all sentences, like before Irish graduates from Beta? The audio being the part I am looking forward to the most for Irish as its complicated phonetics are lost on my simple Anglophone mind ;)

August 14, 2014

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

Only time will tell. For now, we have a very good percentage that have sentences. (About 1/3). The issue is that our sentences will continue changing so it would be hard for Duolingo to always have audio for every one.

August 14, 2014

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

This is interesting. Personally I think it would be better to have both, the main "human" voices as the default, and the best possible TTS engine as the fallback. That way all sentences can have a voice.

Though that may cause consistency problems, but anyway, we're generally taught a language by people with many different accents and pronunciations, so I don't see it as a huge problem. But who knows what Duolingo's metrics will say about that.

P.S. Regarding the soon™, I think the incubator teams should come up with their own terminology or risk falling under the same trap as Duolingo. Rather than say Soon™ perhaps they should,in my opinion, say "within this year", or "next year at most".

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

Yep, we can't go against the metrics. They are holy to the Duolingo team.

August 14, 2014

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

We use "soon" because it actually will be "soon". We have an official estimate that is more accurate but we have been advised not to share that in case any issues arise.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

I didn't say anything about the estimated release date lol, so not sure why you are responding to me. Anyway, I was talking about Duolingo's "metrics" which they like to reference so often. When Duolingo was first being developed, there were human voices but Duolingo's "metrics" said people preferred TTS over human voices, and so that is what they went with.

Edit: Here's the source of my information, for those who are interested.

http://www.reddit.com/r/duolingo/comments/142lry/did_the_portuguese_audio_improve_yet/c79q24c

August 14, 2014

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

I know :) My "soon" comment was in response to Dessamtor's comment.

August 14, 2014

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

I managed to escape my chains and came to roam around the main site for 5 minutes :P

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

You replied to my comment though.:P So that is why I was confused. Anyway, what are you doing here? You are supposed to be slaving away on the Irish course at all hours.:)

August 14, 2014

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

The general rule is that any estimate that is given must be multiplied by 2. So whatever estimate take it with a lump of salt.

August 14, 2014

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

Hofstadter's Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter's Law. — Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

August 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flint72

This is why I never plan for some 'saftey cushion' time, because I know that I'll just end up exceeding that too!

August 17, 2014

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

So not "soon" but "too soon" then?

August 14, 2014

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

Both would probably be way too expensive considering the estimates Luis gave for TTS, how TTS doesn't use a pay-per-sentence pricing model, and how expensive professional human translations cost.

August 15, 2014

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

That's a good point. Given a choice, I'd prefer to have a mediocre TTS engine for all sentences, and set up a special area in immersion where people can hear real "Irish voices" at their leisure, perhaps reading paragraphs or whole texts, and maybe even some including the words taught here.

That would be an inexpensive solution given that there is probably lots of public domain audio material out there, and lessons/concepts. Also, all these materials could be hosted off-site reducing server costs to Duolingo.

August 15, 2014

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

I just remembered it won't be any problem at all, people can always use their own browser to enable an Irish TTS voice, regardless of what the team chooses to implement. I'm just not sure if there are such options for mobile devices.

August 24, 2014

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

Great news. =) But why is there no audio for every sentence?

August 13, 2014

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

Purely down to financial constraints. Voice artists charge per sentence recorded, while no such limit applies with a TTS system.

August 13, 2014

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

Will it still take the usual format of a normal and a slow version?

August 14, 2014

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

I can check with our mentor who has all this info and I will let you know on Monday when they return.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jackmchugh12

so that means probably no release until at least tuesday^

August 14, 2014

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

Not necessarily :) I'm not confirming that it will or won't, our mentor is just on a break. If the Duo team are ready, then we'll launch with the help of another mentor who is helping us atm.

August 14, 2014

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

What company is the voice artist with?

August 13, 2014

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

I'm sure there are logistic considerations to think of. It takes a long time to get the recordings done, reviewed, edited and then embedded in the software. If they were to do every sentence, we would be a very long time waiting for the course.

August 14, 2014

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

Thank you for the update alexinireland,

Can you recommend any sources to learn the Irish alphabet? I would like to become familiar with each letter and their sounds before the course is released.

August 13, 2014

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

Here's a really good site for that: http://www.daltai.com/grammar/pronunciation-key/

The letters are based on the Latin alphabet, so aside form the slender/broad & fada stuff they aren't too different at all.

August 14, 2014

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

Just make sure you learn all the mutations and how the lenition and eclipse system works. Also, slender and broad.

August 14, 2014

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

I am so ready! Well, not really, because I don't know how to handle three langs, but I don't see that stopping me or anyone else here, right?

August 13, 2014

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

Are they a native speaker? If they're not, do they have the palatalized/velarized (broad/slender) distinction of consonants down?

August 14, 2014

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

We do not know if they are native or not, but their pronunciation is spot on.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/StrapsOption
<h1>Go raibh míle maith agaibh agus comhghairdeas!</h1>
August 14, 2014

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

I am very glad - this will probably also put the standard for other minor languages which also will have the same problems concerning the sound.

August 14, 2014

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

> our course will use recordings of a real human

I hope this sets a new standard.

August 15, 2014

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

This sounds amazing, I can't wait. Just out of curiosity, how good of TTS is www.abair.ie? Would that have been useful as a TTS engine? I'm sure you've already explored this option, but I just wanted to see if you guys think it's going to be a useful learning tool going forward.

Thanks again for all your hard work! :)

August 16, 2014

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

It seems like Abair was their first option, but they had some problems with implementing it, so they were not able to use it for their course.

August 16, 2014

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

Yes ABAIR is very good.

August 17, 2014

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

Well, isn't this great? It makes me wonder what other courses will have a real human voice… * fistbump *

August 13, 2014

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

Recording all the sentences will probably take some time, so no, I won't get excited again until I see that the course is released. But thanks for posting updates every few days, it makes it so much easier for me to wait when I know what's going on behind the scenes. :)

August 14, 2014

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

Just note that quite a few of the sentences that will have audio have already been recorded.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Margaret3535

This is so awesome! I have been waiting so long for this course! A real human voice will sound a lot more crisp and clear. Thanks so much!

August 13, 2014

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

I, of course, am reading this right before I am about to go to bed. Which was a horrible idea because I AM SO EXCITED!!!

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flint72

You and me both. It doesn't help that I'm already about five hours late for bed!

I just wanted to finish that French skill off so badly before calling it for the night, and then I simply had to check the news in case there were any updates on Irish once I finished it... Oh well!

August 14, 2014

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

I can't wait!!!!

August 14, 2014

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

Thank you very much for this gift :)

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eey91

I know nothing about Irish but guess who's gonna try the course?.... =)

This is fantastic, I would love this possibility could be consider for other courses, even graduated courses to improve the audio quality to the best.

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flint72

Get in!

Glad to hear it guys and girl. Good luck with the final touches. I'm looking forward to the course!

August 14, 2014

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

Yes!! Excited again I am!

August 14, 2014

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

This is all great and fantastic news, I can't wait! But the best thing of is post, is the fact that you use Soon™ as your trade mark, hahaha! :D

August 14, 2014

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

SWEET. I'm looking forward to the course. :D

August 14, 2014

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

Team Irish, that's great news! But, what I'm more excited about is the fact that Irish's spot in the incubator is likely going to be replaced by a new course!

This is what's been happening lately. Look at Ukrainian for English, as soon as it got out of the incubator, Italian for French popped right in. Come onnnnnnnnnnn Hebrew!!

August 14, 2014

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

Plus, you'll have the Irish course to work on while you wait for the next one ;)

August 14, 2014

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

Screams of delight is putting it mildly! It's like the holidays, seeing these updates and knowing the Irish course is close at hand. So. Happy.

August 15, 2014

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

The Irish section of Forvo is very good. The are real people recording, not TTS. Only standalone words allowed though, not sentences.

August 17, 2014

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

I know of a few Irish contributors including yourself on Forvo; are there any you'd recommend specifically for Ulster pronunciation? I don't recall having come across one, and it'd certainly prove useful for me to familiarise with it.

August 17, 2014

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

I can only think of two, Lughaidh and AnTreasach. Unfortunately neither are contributing any new material.

August 18, 2014

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

Cuir in Dia lig sé a bheith ar an guth sexy de óg, tÉireannach dathúil ;-)

August 14, 2014

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

This has made my year!

August 14, 2014

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

Which dialect are you going to use, or will it be all four? I have a basic understanding of Irish, and have a cúpla focail, but Ulster Irish sounds like a completely different language to me

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/flint72

Don't worry, Ulster Irish sounds like a completely different language to most Irish people too!

Well, maybe not that bad, but it is quite different, and takes some getting used to. I don't think I've ever heard anyone speaking it in real life though, I've only ever heard it on the Irish tapes, and maybe the odd time on the radio or tv.

August 17, 2014

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

I have, my Dad lives in Tyrone and his uilleann pipes tutor is a gaeilgeoir, I can barely understand what he says. I'm often saying to him "Stop a labhairt uladh ngaeilge, ní féidir liom a thuiscint leat!" That about sums up the extent of my Irish speaking abilities haha

August 18, 2014

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

No doubt you're familiar with abair.ie, but why didn't you decide to use it? Was it a technical issue, or was the speech generation not good enough? I ask because I use it fairly often, but I'm not sure if it gives good results or not.

GRMA!

August 20, 2014

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

Abair is a good resource, so don't worry if you are using it! There were difficulties implementing it with Duolingo's system, so we went another direction.

August 20, 2014

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

If your team will have really great audio, then shouldn't the other courses use whatever software you're using?

August 14, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zach1337

They aren't using TTS software, a woman is recording the sentences. Personally, I'd love for human pronunciation to be a part of every single course.

August 14, 2014

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

Actually I would think that would be best of course, but didnt want to suggest it because I thought it might be too much of a hassle. Now that I reread it though I see they are doing that, is awesome!

August 14, 2014

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Only the lack of voice in the majority of the questions makes it very difficult to retain, unlike the other courses where the word or phrase is always spoken. As result I have a nasty habit of mispronouncing the words. I very much prefer it to speak every time.

March 15, 2016
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