New Italian voice
I don't know if anyone has experienced this update yet, but the Italian female android voice was replaced. It's much more soothing and relaxing now, but I still feel like I lost a friend, after all we've been through together...
Now that she's been replaced, can we talk behind Francesca's back? She couldn't differentiate between un and una... and she was sometimes extremely breathy, almost panting between words! I lost so many hearts because of Frannie. My husband said it sounded like I was listening to porn, LOL. Long live Carla!
The new Italian voice, "Carla", has been in A/B testing for a while, and it looks like it's just been implemented for everybody. I tried the Italian course out briefly just before and just after the voice testing started and it seemed like an improvement; glad to hear it won out over Francesca, may she be forever remembered fondly. ;)
How do you know the names of the voices and furthermore why do they have names?
Wow!! Finally there is intonation and this new voice sounds much more natural. Thanks Duo! P.S.: Hope Francesca enjoys her retirement on some nice tropical island with a cocktail in her hand, farewell Fra!
And let's hope the tropical island has facilities for speech therapy or respiratory illnesses :p
The male voice reminds me of when I was a child and watched Italian TV on holidays in Italy :D I wish I could switch to that one.
I like the new voice, it is a lot clearer and more soothing than the old voice.
This is fantastic. I find myself just listening now far more often, instead of reading, which is HUGE. At least preliminarily (obviously I haven't spent the same amount of time with the new voice to discover little things ('un' and 'una' on slow, anyone?) that existed with the old voice, but my first impression is MERAVIGLIOSO!
The new voice is much, much more natural, understandable, and doesn't have the pronunciation problems (especially between normal and slow speeds) that the old voice did.
This is going to take people to a whole new level. Bravissimo, Duo, bravissimo.
Much better! Trying to understand the old voice could be soo frustrating, great update.
I was honestly going to give up on Italian because the voice was too depressing and confusing.
Wow, this is fantastic! I am honestly overjoyed that they officially replaced the Italian voice with Carla. Francesca needed to be scrapped long ago. This started as an A/B Test months ago, but I think this might be official!
I absolutely hate the new voice. It is much more difficult to hear and understand in a noisy environment. I am crushed!
The new voice updated for me last night whilst in the middle of an question. I thought I was going mad for a second as some of the words I clicked on were in a different voice on that question.
The new voice is much clearer and makes it much easier to understand. I had too much difficulty understanding the old voice and it was too quite, I had resorted to plugging my phone into some speakers and turning the volume up full.
So much better. I can actually hear what is being said without the breathlessness!
I just noticed this as well. It's fantastic! I thought the old one was very difficult to understand.
Not sure if it's a bug, but the new voice is only working on some sentences for me. I just tried something on prepositions and I got the old voice back :(
I know right!!! I heard the new voice just today! I still miss the old one though...
I like it a lot so far, it sounds way more natural and, more importantly, actually Italian. The old one was just Italian words stuck together, this is much better. It may turn out to be a bit harder to understand (so far it seemed easier though), but I think it's better to learn this way. Also, I think it may be simpler to get the intonation correct now, because with the old one I was never quite sure if I should just copy it blindly when it came to that.
Oh my goodness, I'd actually given up on Italian because I couldn't follow that other voice, but I just tried a lesson with the new voice and it's much, much easier for me to understand. Now I can pick back up with learning Italian...
I'm so glad they've finally added this for everyone. Questo è meraviglioso - grazie!
Gosh yes! Thank heavens. The old voice sounded like a pouty starlet throwing a tantrum with a nose full of white powder.
It is much better now - together with the abolishments of the hearts it really becomes much nicer and much more ffective to learn. Congrats!
yes, I noticed it. It is a nice improvement. One point though, the old voice always sounded like "una" when she said "un". The new voice is the opposite, sounds like "un" when she says "una". Oh, well.
What an improvement! I no longer have to play the slower version to understand what she's saying and she sounds much more like someone I might talk to in the street.
I think we are really lucky to have a free language learning app. All improvements gratefully received, but to be honest, I will take what I am given. I am so happy to be able to learn the basics of a language in just 4 months. Francesca was fine once you got used to her, and Carla has her problems too - some phrases die away and are really hard to hear, and she talks faster, eliding more words, IMO. The recoding clarity is better, though. Thanks, duo for a fab app.
I did notice it because I was kind of used to the previous voice but it's a matter of habit. In this short while it does seem a little bit less "robotic" and a bit more soothing.
Wow, the new voice is so much better... ......is it bad that it'll probably be my new best friend?
I talk more to Carla every day than I do to anyone else, including my husband. This is worrying! :D
I think he meant android as in sounding like a robot rather than the Android mobile OS.
I just checked, and they've changed it for Android as well! :D I'm elated! I'm not sure about iPhone and Windows phone (I don't own either of those), but surely they shouldn't have left those out 3 For the first time in over a month, I'm turning listening exercise back on.
Changed on iPad too! She's a bit "tum-ti-tum", and I wonder if that is representative of how italian is really spoken? Any native speakers out there?
Not a native speaker, but that is my experience in classes. If you rent movies, there is rhythm but much much faster. This is an incredible boost, hope it goes all the way through, not just for the lower levels...
I'm a German teacher and of course in class I don't speak as fast and as unpronounced as I do in my normal German life. None of my students would understand a word. It is important to speak clearly and pronounced in class, understanding the "real" language comes after, on the street and in everyday life and situations. Carla speaks like an Italian teacher and that is very good for learning Italian, at least in my humble opinion.
The voice is wonderful! Her "humaness" reaches out to you and that's exactly what language is supposed to do--connect people. I will look forward to my lessons even more!
Now that is weird! Francesca returns, but with an alternative voice for the "hints"
YES! I have been waiting so long for this, after I heard about it a few months ago when they started A/B testing it. Looks like now we all have it!
Hey, just want to mention that the amount of languages you're tackling at once is astonishing. Good luck!
Hehe, thanks. I think "tackling" is a little optimistic, but I do like to get a taste of all they've got available.
Grazie, gracias, thanks, merci, danke, tack, and a few others I don't remember!
And your streak is much more impressive than mine!
The voice is immensely better. I was really struggling with the previous one. So pleaseed!
So far, I find the new Italian voice to be much clearer. There were many words that were slurred or didn't sound right in certain situations with the old voice. The new one (so far) doesn't seem to have that problem.
I like the new voice and think my Italian pronunciation will improve as a result.
I don't like it, the new voice "carla" but i never liked when people talked to me in soothing voices it makes me feel like a baby, i like the old voice much better, i find Carla hard to understand, she runs the words together, the words come out in blurs, for beginners I believe Carla is hard to understand
Congratulations DL. The new voice for the audios is a great improvement in the course. Thanks a lot.
i don't have the new voice. but i finished Phrases before i finished Basics 2!
I don't know why but i now seem to a mixture of the old voice and the new one.
absolutely...i like the robotic lady...kind of like having a conversation with an Italian Siri XD
no no i feel at home at last i understand what is being said....what a relief. dont have to have my ear next to the loudspeaker anymore. sono innamorata
I like new Carla, although I find some small "growling" modulation in some of the slow speech. On the other hand, the weird breathiness between (slow) words of Francesca is gone. Yes there's an occasional loss of distinction between un and una, or del and delle. I'm on latest Macbook Pro with latest Mavericks, Chrome. 16dec14.
I absolutely hate the new voice. I cannot understand it nearly as well. It is particularly tough to make out the words because the new voice has a lower tone and a muddy quality. I think this may be the end of my days working with DuoLingo. What a shame! I wish there was a way to select either one of the voices. I am actually very upset over this new, undesirable change.
It is strange to hear you say this as the new voice updated for me halfway through a question. I could immediately hear a major improvement in the quality of the voice and now I don't need to keep repeating the audio over and over with my phone held to my ear.
Hi. I'm interested you say that - I would have said the same about the old voice, whereas the new one is much clearer and with a higher tonality. I wonder if the voices have switched over, so we each get the other one?
I hope you get used to her! I like both of them, for different things, and I would like to be able to play phrases in both voices because I miss bits in both. Mind you, it is free!