Pronunciation and quality of the audio for English
Hi, hope it's okay to use English here as my Spanish is not nearly good enough for this yet!
I am mainly learning Spanish here (and Duolingo has been a great help, thank you!), and at some point decided to try going in the other direction and learn English in Spanish, both for immersion and to see if at some point I can be helpful from the other direction (I'm sure I'm not the only one doing this).
Which has been mostly great, except one thing: some of the audio recordings for English sound really awful to me, someone who speaks English just fine, making me feel sorry for all the Spanish speakers just starting out with English having to understand them, wonder what strange/unclear pronunciations and inflections they are picking up ("RIIIIIIIIIICE" is an especially noticeable one towards the beginning), and making me doubt the quality of the Spanish audio and whether I'm picking up terrible pronunciations from the Spanish side!
I have started flagging this wherever possible, but it is happening so often that I have to ask: is this something other English speakers have noticed? Do the nice people at Duolingo know about this and maybe are already planning to improve the audio? Or if it's just me and I'm hearing things.
Hey! I'm only doing DuoLingo to avoid losing my Spanish - I lived in Mexico for 2 years so I feel I can give you a fairly accurate response. I have never tried the DuoLingo Spanish to English, (and now that you mention it, it's an excellent idea), so i don't know how it sounds. I find however, that the Spanish voice, although very computer-y at times, usually has the correct accent. I haven't yet run across any bits where i was overly put out by the pronunciation...
That's reassuring, thanks! I guess it's okay if I end up sounding computer-y in Spanish, surely that'll be fashionable in the future... :)
yep I've got things wrong on the listening several times, misheard the word for "her" a fair few times, which is something which never happens when I listen to real usa English speakers, but this is free so I can live with it, if I set it to slow I can work out what it is saying ok.
Yeah I switch to the slow version (which usually sounds okay) too when I have to. But people are also relying on these audio recordings to learn how to speak (and understand) whole sentences at normal pace, and how to pronounce the words in the context of a sentence (instead of one. at. a. time.)...