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I thought I had caught the robot gargling her coffee or something. I could not understand a bit of it, especially since this was the course's way of introducing "leem"...
I speak portuguese, I'm brazilian, and I can say that's true. The robot voice is terrible, it didn't even pronounce the word. The sound that it made isn't a word. It was just a random sound.
Há equívoco na pronúncia da palavra "leem", como já exaustivamente relatado por diversos usuários.
Reiteração pedindo correção, mais uma vez, n/m/d.
If the voice is not getting the pronunciations correct in many instances, how would someone just learning know how to properly pronounce words? Isn't that a large part of learning a language? Is Duolingo doing anything to correct this? Is the voice generally correct?
Elas is plural females so the correct answer could also be "the women read", right?
They= eles, elas. The women = as mulheres. You cant mix nouns and pronouns as right translations.
I believe the pronunciation of "leem" would be "lay-em". Any native speakers want to correct me?
Yup, according to my notes the ê is as in 'they', whilst without it reads as 'eh' in 'let'. But now that the ^ is gone will the pronounciation change?
I managed to guess the last word leem only because the list of words is short on this level. Sometimes this machine voice is hard understand.
How would you pronounce it? (if anyone could write out the pronunciation)
No... It's pronounce a little bit like "lane" or "lei-ng". It's hard to write how to say it, but it's more or less that. =)
I recently described the
é sound in ELA (é-lah) as the a in mattress (American English), and the
ê sound in ELE (ê-lee) as the first "e" in bent. Or something like that. The same goes for plural form.
This is how Brazilian Portuguese speakers easily tell them apart--by the sound of the first "e" in ele or ela. I can't guarantee that the robot would say it correctly (especially in turtle speed), but I hope it helps! =]
No, because she is saying it with an "é" and not and "ê" -sound. Please read my comment to Oscar_Pastran and see if it helps. =]
I still can't hear the difference between "elas" and "eles". I find it discouraging to lose a point over this when there is no other indication of gender in the sentence
Eles/Elas estão lendo-present continuous, it is happening now Eles/Elas leem-simple present is like a routine
Eles is like 'êlis' closing the mouth. ê=thEy i=mEEt Elas is more 'élás' opening it é=mEt á=plUs . Not exactly but near
So, "leem" sounds like... "lehm"?