Breaking news: everyone is getting the new voice
Duo just told us that the new voice, Astrid from Ivona has (predictably, if you ask me) won the A/B test it was in, so everyone will get it. Hooray!
Here's a link to a list of the (few) errors we've found in Astrid's pronunciation.
Me neither. I thought I was the only one. The other voice was much friendlier.
I love the new voice, too! I do hear a few differences such as the way the "ä" in "är" sounds and the "ch" in "och" is no longer silent. Except for the errors that you have listed above, can we assume that Astrid's new vowel and consonant sounds are a more accurate pronunciation guide than the previous TTS? If I have some "unlearning" to do, I want to know what to unlearn and what to keep. Maybe I'll finally get a handle on skö, skä, skj..........
I think the vowel sounds were pretty good on the previous one too, and in many cases where they differ, both ways work. It was more that the old voice had some serious pronunciation errors on common words, such as de, kaffet, Kina, kanel, bakom and worst of all, not so common but horribly wrong, racket. The new one usually gets things right.
The one thing that was probably better in the previous one was that it very clearly assimilated r + s over word borders. So that it said Jag har sagt 'I have said' with a sh sound for r + s, which most Swedes actually do all the time. (not all who do will admit to it, but that's another story)
That's awesome to hear! I noticed Astrid's voice when I started working on strengthening my Swedish skills I've been meaning to work on for the past few days. Her voice is really pretty! c:
Spetacular!!! Tack!! Great voice! Now I'll be able to pronunce more like what she says! Kudos to you all from Brazil!! :D
good lord I thought you guys switched to using pre-recorded audio samples like the Irish. It sounds so good.
Does nobody else find the new voice harder to understand? For me, I understood quite well the hearing excercises with the old voice, but this one seems to have some risings and lowerings that seem like they don't belong there, and effects like when you combine two audios and link them together, the part where they are linked can easily be identified, because the pace or the volume or something else changes. (Sorry, English isn't my native language and I'm having a hard time explaining this even in Finnish.)
Is Astrid already a voice on one of the DuoLingo language programs? Sorry, I am behind on this topic!
I really like the current voice for German...is that going to stay the same? I hope?
Astrid is the voice for the Swedish course (now for all our students, we were previously in an A/B test). Other courses are not affected by this :)
Ahh, I see! Thank you very much Arnauti. :) Since we are on the topic of voices for the DuoLingo courses, I have noticed some comments about the "hard to understand" voice on the French course, even a remark from a native French speaker...is there a way to know if the DuoLingo staff has any plans to change/improve the voice for the French course? I think all the voices on the lessons I am taking are fine, but I too have had some issues with trying to understand the slurry voice on the French course. Just wondering!
I think that would be discussed in the French forums, and I don't follow them very closely at the moment so I don't know. I know they replaced the English voice very recently, so they keep trying to improve the voices.
Sometimes I wait until late at night to do this, (like now its 11) and I keep losing my streak. What gives?
I think it's based on midnight in a time zone you select on account creation (or maybe you didn't, depending on how you made your account). Your home page should list your hours remaining to preserve your streak, or at least mine does:
Thanks! This voice sounds so much more natural, it's a lot easier to 'repeat after her'!
The new voice is really quiet on my device, and it keeps switching back and forth with the old one. Is anyone else having this problem?
Yey! Awesome! I just went on there to refresh some memories and then there was this. And I was excited. And it pronounced 'de' correctly. :D
Det är rolig, jag hittar den nya röst svårare att förstå än den första röst. Jag tycker att detta är en gut sak, därför att jag kan lär mig till förstå olika röstar!
Hoppas att du snart vänjer dig vid den nya rösten :)! Den är verkligen mycket bättre.
vänja sig vid = get used to
- Det är roligt/underligt/märkligt, jag finner den nya rösten svårare att förstå än den första. Jag tycker att detta är en bra/god sak, därför att jag kan lära mig att förstå olika röster.
Okej, håll ut! Jag bara glömde att läga till "g"! Jag vet att det går där!!!!!! Och, kan jag säger jag var pratar om Yoda som en ursäktt för det andra misstag? Okej, gut. Vi kan bara säger jag var vara Yoda.
Du behöver inte be om ursäkt, det är kul att se någon försöka uttrycka sig på språket bortom kursens ramar :)
- Jag glömde att lägga till "g"! Jag vet att det ska vara där! Och kan jag säga att jag pratar som Yoda som en ursäkt för det andra misstaget? Okej, gott så/bra. Vi kan bara säga att jag är Yoda.
att säga: infinitiv jag/du/han/hon/hen/vi/ni/de säger: presens
It is correct in more instances than the old one was, especially in common words. But it has a few issues of its own.
The new voice weirded me out a bit, honestly. It was weird because I just finished a lesson with the old one, started a new one the next day with the new voice and I thought wtf O_O However, it does pronounce things more clearly for me.
just wow the swedish voice is awesome :) P.S.: im looking for somebody to chat on swedish ^^