Danish listening practice
Some of might know my site (http://www.listeningpractice.org) where until now you could practice your listening skills in 12 languages, but not in Danish. Now I added a new section called 'Practice with Texts' including 2 Danish texts - for now.
As these texts (and their audio recordings) are in the Public Domain, most of them are from the 19th century. Unfortunately there are languages where the orthography has changed so much since the 19th century that there's little use for these old texts. So it would be nice to get some feedback regarding the quality of the texts.
If you want to see more texts in Danish on the site, you can leave your email address at the bottom of this page - the more people are waiting for texts in a given language, the more likely that I'm prioritizing it over other languages.
Recently , I began learning Danish with Duolingo. I had already started improving my dutch, german, french and spanish speaking ability using this wonderful learning system. It's the best app available and it's free.
While I find Danish relatively easy grammatically speaking, the language offers non natives a challenge concerning its pronunciation. With the other languages voice recognition starts in the initial lessons becoming progressively more intricate as the lessons advance.
I've reached lesson ten without even one voice recognition exercise. Does anyone know at which stage they are introduced, or whether they are included in the Danish app? I repeat every word or phrase as well as I can, however it would be super if at some stage, spoken sentences would be a included in the otherwise excellent app.
Did you have to go through and put the sentence breaks in manually? Or is there metadata that lists the break times for each sentence? I think understanding the audio is particularly hard for Danish and so just being able to read the text and then listen to the same sentence a few times before advancing to the next really helps.
There is an option in the program that I'm using that inserts breaks where there is a pause/change of pitch. But narrators have very different reading speeds and intonation so I had to set it up differently for almost every text. So I decided to go for entering the breaks manually. It's not that big of a hassle as it sounds, since most breaks are where punctuation marks are. I only have to break up really long sentences.
What program do you use? If it is a free program perhaps you could post a tutorial on how to set up the audio to comply with how you've done it, that way people can process the librevox files they want and let you use the results of their spacing on your website. It would make a lot more texts available to your site.