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Amazing Voice

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Well, I shouldn't have any problem with learning Irish and its sounds! Awesome voice....I love humans. ;)

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/alexinIreland
alexinIreland
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Great to hear your thoughts Alexis! We are very happy its clarity too :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/talideon
talideon
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I know that voice! I can't quite place it, but it's super familiar.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Shoukra
Shoukra
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It sounds a lot like a friend of a friend who used to earn money by dubbing things in to Irish (she's an actress). I wonder if it's her? She's from Connemara.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewjeo
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It's not just the fact that's it's clear, too. I love having a voice that really speaks the language with emotion! Having her actually sound upset for "How am I?" or "I'm not a man!" is really nice coming from a sometimes comically emotionless TTS engine.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/liamog
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It almost sounds like there are two different speakers, though it could be just a lot of inconsistency in her pronunciation.

For example, in this sentence she pronounces the "ch" in "buachaill as a hard c ("boo-kill"), whereas it should be pronounced like this sentence.

Just an observation! Really enjoying the course so far.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BlueJaybird16

Id say the voice actress who did these was possibly from around the midlands or somewhere without a strong focus on irish. Most people here in the midlands say their buachaill like that unless a person is taking the piss out of a strong irish accent (my hatred on irish listening tests. Ulster accent sweetmercifulgod)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jonnyob
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Pretty sure they are the same person though.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Raftus
Raftus
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Great voice, love the drama in some of the sentences, but ... dinnéar = "die'nair"? Where is that from?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fe2h2o
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I wasn't sure if it was just one voice... I could have sworn there were actually 2 different ones. But yes, it's so lovely:-)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-Katrina.-
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I agree, it is a lot easier to understand. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BritBlue
BritBlue
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Great voice! Nice to have a real person for a change!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ajitirj
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I know right! Especially since the other course I'm taking is Italian... I'm sure you guys know the voice quality there (but I can live with it)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/samjurgensen
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I find the italian voice easy to understand but not real to life; it's very robotic! Nice to hear a voice that is so crystal clear :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/judderwocky

Seriously the voice work alone on this course is going to attract people. Just marvelous. I know the other courses can't help that they don't have human voices... but honestly it just makes me want to focus on Irish now lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME
ALoUSyUseRnaME
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Me too ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matt_DasDerDie

I agree--much easier to understand a real human voice. The voice is very clear.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ceaer
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The human voice is definitely much easier to understand than the robotic ones on the other courses. However, is it just me or is there no "turtle" option on the listening exercises? I would love to have the slowed-down option, at least at first.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
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Well, I saw Alex mention on his stream that the voice is neither fast nor slow, but right in the middle.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ceaer
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Oh, I think I remember on another course the basics automatically played the slow version and then once you got past that, you got the regular version with the option for the slowed-down version. Maybe that's why I have no turtle option - the voice is already turtle-speed but still sounds fast since I have no experience with spoken Irish.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexisLinguist
AlexisLinguist
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That happens in the other courses (can't remember Danish at the moment, but definitely for the originals). I wonder if they will put in a turtle option sometime.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachael.cr3
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Have to agree...it's my favourite duo voice! I do find that Irish is the language I have the most difficulty imitating. Time for practice.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PaulCulloty
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Absolutely - perfect pronunciation, on some of the French and Spanish aural exercises, the diction comes across as garbled, but this woman could present on TG4!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/judderwocky

LOL. I mistook TG4 for TNG (Star Trek the Next Generation) ... and I thought "Yeah she would have made a great voice for the computer!".... But that isn't what you meant all was it... derp. :(

4 years ago

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