Italian is a whole new language with the new voice
I just returned to Italian after a long hiatus, and the language has sprung alive for me! The new voice makes it sound like a different language, one that's far clearer and more vivacious. It makes me far more motivated to learn, alongside the new lesson design.
Just wanted to say, I like the way the website is headed.
I just discovered Duolingo yesterday and have started my Italian instruction. I'm delighted at how wonderfully designed this free app appears to be and I'm having fun maintaining my "insane" level of instruction. Here's to a successful learning experience!
Awe! I remember the feeling of first discovering Duolingo. I hope you enjoy it and get as much out of it as I have. If you are someone who will be wanting to maintain your daily streak, just be mindful of the fact that --currently, at least-- whatever one sets as one's daily goals is what one has to accomplish each day in order to get the check mark on one's flame that signifies one's daily streak requirements have been met.
I mention this because there were a lot of unhappy Duolingoers who didn't realize this and lost their daily streaks (including people with one hundred and two hundred + days!) when the Coach feature, and daily goals, were implemented.
one day I was using doing an Italian lesson with the old voice and the next day there was a new voice - the new one made it so much easier to understand!
I love the new voice myself. It makes taking the course twice as enjoyable.
The new voice is great. And I think I'd be triply motivated by a lovely male voice as well. Just puttin' it out there.
I was driven away from the Italian courses by the old voice, so this is fantastic and exciting news indeed!
So much better and clearer than the previous one. No more struggling to hear what's being said even at tortoise speed :-) The old voice was so frustrating it made the Italian course a chore rather than a pastime. Well done for replacing it.
I felt the same way. I had trouble with the old voice and was glad it was changed. Now I am almost done with my tree at level 18! I miss the progress bar! Used to do extra lessons if I saw I was close to the next level. Hope DL brings it back.
Yes, the new voice is excellent ! I love the voice of this "lady". :) And you are right, this motivates us to learn.
La nuova voce è più chiara, è vero, ma penso che imparavamo di più con l'altra, perche dovevamo fare più attenzione... O.o
Mamma mia! cosa ho detto? meno male che c'è una nuova donna :)
In bocca al luppo!
Did DL replace the "frustratingly-hard to understand old Italian voice" with the new voice on Monday December 15? No matter how much I hated the old voice, it helped to motivate me to finish Italian lessons with 'fire' and focus. However, I enjoy the Italian lessons now that they made a "voiceover"
Good change indeed: that old voice was sometimes hard to understand, it sounded kinda sloppy.