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

Better sounding voices

I have some difficulty understanding what the woman is pronouncing during the lessons, due to the bad quality of her voice. This isn't the case in other courses, such as Irish, where I can fully understand what is being said. I think this course would be better with new, clearer recordings.

January 16, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan8202

I think they are working on them; Italian just got a new voice.

January 17, 2015

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

The new Italian voice is sooooo good compared to the old one!

January 17, 2015

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

The Italian voice is simply sensational (:

January 17, 2015

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

That's great to know. I hope it comes soon.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan8202

I said I think, you might have a huge let down.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jpk6

I'll ask Marion Cotillard if she's willing to do some pro bono voice work.

January 18, 2015

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

I also wish for a new French voice. Ideally, I'd like recordings with real people. Since the sentenses are fixed, I don't see why the TTS (text-to-speech) is necessary.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan8202

Voice actors are lots of money and Duo is non-profit and doesn't have much excess money, it lives on volunteers.

January 17, 2015

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

Actually... I asked this before (I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to contribute via voicing sentences!) but someone said they'd actually tried it before and found the test audience usually ended up preferring the computer voices :O

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nescio24

Duolingo is actually a for-profit, just putting that out there

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan8202

Not at the moment.

January 17, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nescio24

I thought they were already selling translations to Buzzfeed and CNN?

January 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ryan8202

I heard that too, from Luis's AMA or something. I think they spend most of the money on keeping the website up and running and other costs.

January 18, 2015

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

The sentences are not fixed, they are constructed from patterns and a range of applicable words. Using real speakers would either mean to record each word separately and stringing that together (unnatural) or recording every permutation of every pattern (impractical).

January 17, 2015

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

the irish course uses a real womans voice

January 17, 2015

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

I agree that it is unclear. Sometimes if it says in adjective, I am supposed to write it in its correct gender but the voice doesn't sound clear when saying a word in general.

January 17, 2015

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

I actually really like the voice on Lingvist, I find that it is really clear in it's pronunciation. Another thing that would be great, especially for gendered languages like French, would be having a male and female voice so that you get a better understanding of when the different gendered words come up in speech (male voice would say "Je suis heureux", female voice would say "Je suis heureuse").

January 17, 2015

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

I'm french and i'm agree with you , the voice is juste awful ... I understand that you can't learn really good because frenches don't speak like that

January 17, 2015
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