https://www.duolingo.com/profile/r1chard

New Italian female voice recordings

Wow, I'm impressed! Looks like there are new recordings for us in the Italian course.. and they're really good! :)

September 9, 2014

60 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/maddyis7

Welcome to Carla from Ivona. What a difference! I will miss our old Francesca, who one DLer described as 'Orgasm Girl', if you ever listened to 'her' saying 'รจ' in the Tortoise version - But now most people won't get a chance to go back to check this out. lol :)

Great new voice; though I feel like I'm cheating on an old girlfriend.

September 9, 2014

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

It sounded to me more as if she were on her deathbed and needed an oxygen mask!

September 9, 2014

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

What?! For you too? Darn, I thought Francesca and I had a thing.

September 10, 2014

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

lol, for anyone who doesn't know what Maddy is talking about check here

September 9, 2014

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

Francesca may have been the original orgasm girl, but Carla made me one happy girl this morning.

September 10, 2014

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

'Orgasm Girl' i love this one... :'D I felt the same each time I heard her... I am somewhat said she's gone even though I'm a hundred times happier with this new voice. Ben fatto, Duo :)

September 9, 2014

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

Yeah, Francesca was charming in many ways. :))

September 9, 2014

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

Lol! what I shame I didn't try the course with Francesca, that nickname is hilarious. It is great that they implemented Ivona voices for this course because I'm starting it as soon as the "from-Spanish" enters beta.

September 10, 2014

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

Admittedly I will miss Orgasm Girl. I always liked to think she was really happy I signed on to keep my streak alive.

September 10, 2014

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

I liked the orgasm girl.....now I have to go back to the course and check the new one.

September 10, 2014

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

The new one is superb!!!!

And she can be charming too....specially in the slow version of "Sabato troviamo un ristorante in piazza. "

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Twigman5

I wasn't sure if I had lost my mind or not! It is good to see that I am still sane and that there are new recordings. In my opinion this new voice is much better and sounds less robotic than the past one. Its nice to see some updating of the Italian course!

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/905mmgo

This is great. This voice is a big improvement.

September 9, 2014

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

The new one is far better in my opinion.

September 9, 2014

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

I'm confused. The voice is exactly the same as always for me.

Is Duolingo doing the thing where they roll out a new feature for randomly selected users only? I wish I could hear the new one. But how come there are no comments from people who don't have the new voice yet?

September 9, 2014

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

Duolingo are testing the new voice with some users - everyone else will have the old voice until the testing ends. I think it's very likely that the new voice will pass the tests and then everyone will have it - but we'll just have to sit tight and wait for now :)

You can hear the new voice by going here http://www.ivona.com/ and selecting Italian - Carla :)

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/3_pipit

thanks! I did that and Carla definitely sounds much better. I'm one of those people who still has Francesca. I wonder if I'll miss her when she's gone?

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/killary45

Great new voice. Thank you Duo for giving it to us.

But why bother testing it? There is simply no question but that the new one is far superior to the old in every way.

September 12, 2014

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

Duo likes to test everything even if it seems like an obvious improvement. This is why they even tested the Words tab. I definitely agree with you that the new voice is a big improvement - but Duo just wants to test to make sure that for example the new voice doesn't mysteriously cause everyone to stop learning Italian!

September 12, 2014

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

I love the new voice! She is so much easier to hear and understand.

September 9, 2014

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

I love the new voice! She is so much easier to understand, you can even hear the difference between "gli" and "li" !!!!! She also sounds like she is asking a question when she is asking a question, I want to keep her, don't let her go Duolingo!!

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/marc.libra

I like the new voice too, it sounds less 'computerly' then the previous voice :-)

September 10, 2014

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

OMG, this is brilliant! I was like, "Woah! A real Italian!" Thank you, Italian Duolingo Godfathers!

September 10, 2014

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

Easier to understand than previous speaker; pronunciation closer to actual native italian speakers, specially in the different sounds of the single "r", and the double "rr".
Thank you, Duolingo. Needs to watch not to decrease the volume at the last syllables of words.

September 11, 2014

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

yay! that just made my day! what a difference!

September 10, 2014

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

I can actually understand the new voice without having to play everything in the tortoise mode. Unhappily, she hasn't made it over to the smartphone version yet.

edit: I'm happy to report that I heard the new voice on the iPhone app on 27 October. Mille grazie DL.

September 10, 2014

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

You're right! Good stuff!

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kriskross4

Awesome!!

September 9, 2014

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

I totally agree - what a pleasure, compared to that robotic, often unintelligible voice I've been hearing for 6 months!

September 10, 2014

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

I have always complained about it... but I miss the old woman! The new voice is alright, but sounds almost too robotic in some ways, and too realistic in others. It bothers me a bit. Also, on some of the practices with slow speed, she says the sentences weird. High-pitched, low-pitched, high-pitched, etc.

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/attcat23

I still have the old one...wish I had the new one as I try to finish up my tree, but I guess I'll get her eventually

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elen-ka

Awesome! I hope that Grammar tips are next :)

September 12, 2014

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

molto meglio :)

September 9, 2014

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

I only started DuoLingo last week, so I'm unfamiliar with the old voice recording. I really like the one they're using currently. I wish the one on the Spanish course was that good.

September 9, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KateM303

I was just wondering if I was crazy for thinking there was a new voice. It'll take a bit of time for me to tell how I feel about the new voice. So far ok though.

September 9, 2014

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

I still have Francesca talking to me. There are two groups of users, and some groups get features at different times.

September 9, 2014

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

Me too. I haven't been switch over to Carla's voice either.

September 11, 2014

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

thanks DUO ... much better! :))

September 9, 2014

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

This new one is a bit too sexy for me . . . :) I had learned to imitate the old one, so having a different one to imitate now will be good for me, but I don't want to sound that sexy! I also hope they know that in the slow versions of the listening exercises there are lots of garbled recordings with this new voice. I'm reporting the worst ones, but I'm not eager to have to "train" this new voice . . . I would rather they actually listen to these things before they go live with them.

September 9, 2014

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

Agree - the new voice is excellent - I did find the old voice, particularly on slow, rather robotic. As for the orgasm, I see what folks are/were getting at but wasn't it a bit abbreviated for an orgasm - from my memory (I can't go back to check) more like a grunt? - maybe that's why they got rid of her - likely to send the reputation of Italian women the same way as the retired male Italian lover.

September 10, 2014

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

YES! I love it!

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/arbor92

Brava! Brava!

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Trisha1961

I am so relieved that the new voice is here....(even though I like the name used for the other one!) She did make me chuckle sometimes, but it's good to have a clear voice....here's to using less lingots when I don't understand the sentence!

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/operalover325

Bravisimo! Sono molto felice. Addio Francesca.

September 10, 2014

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

Is Carla available on the iPad version? Sounds like the same old voice to me.

September 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aago123

What a difference! I wish I could start the course all over again. This voice rivals the best voice actors in the business, including the expensive Pimsleur.

September 11, 2014

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

She's just SUPERB!!!!!!

September 11, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/leeha99

Cool! Just started Italian, any tips??

September 11, 2014

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

When i heared it, i thought "ooo ciao bella!" :D

September 12, 2014

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

I WANT THE NEW VOICE TOO!!!

September 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dripdrip1

The new voice is so good I hardly had to have the slower version. Wonderful

September 12, 2014

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

I really liked the new voice but now the old one has come back. It annoys me now more than it did in the first place :( .

September 12, 2014

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

It is good to have a new voice. When learning a language listening to different voices proves to be really helpful.

September 14, 2014

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

The new ITALIAN voice is excellent. Thank you DuoLingo!

September 14, 2014

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

I started to get the new voice on the iPhone app today, it's now in line with what i experienced on the website. Much improved, very clear sounding and saves me from hitting repeat repeatedly.

Thank you to the teams behind this improvement.

October 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a-muktar

I love this voice. Best one out of the languages that I'm learning. "Laaa donnnnnna soooh-no" Hahaha The French one has an amusing way of saying "Je mange une pomme" as "J'manj u-pummmm" LOL

October 28, 2014

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

The French one always says the word "rouge" (at least when it comes at the end of a sentence) as if it were a question. "Tes joues sont rouges?" "La pomme est rouge?"

October 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/a-muktar

Spot on there. She has a funny voice.

October 28, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Martha6740

I finally heard the new Italian voice for the first time today (12/8/14) for some reason. SUCH a nice change!

December 8, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Etienne921913

What happened to the female. today the voice on my Italian course changed to male I do not like it. How do i change the voice back to female?

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