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

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.

March 2, 2015

55 Comments


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

Just heard "de" being pronounced correctly, woo hoo!

March 3, 2015

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

I don't like her voice :(

March 2, 2015

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

It's a bit of a switch for the ears, but it won't take long until you're used to her. I got over the difference in a few days at the beginning of the a/b test. :)

March 6, 2015

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

Me neither. I thought I was the only one. The other voice was much friendlier.

March 7, 2015

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

Yey! Jag tycker mer om det här nytt röst :)

March 2, 2015

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

jag tycker mer om den här nya rösten* :)

March 5, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Flicka930

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..........

March 4, 2015

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

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)

March 4, 2015

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

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:

March 2, 2015

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

Yeeey! Finally something pleasant to ears :)

March 2, 2015

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

Spetacular!!! Tack!! Great voice! Now I'll be able to pronunce more like what she says! Kudos to you all from Brazil!! :D

March 3, 2015

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

good lord I thought you guys switched to using pre-recorded audio samples like the Irish. It sounds so good.

March 4, 2015

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

That's what I thought too!

March 4, 2015

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

Yay!

March 2, 2015

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

Yay! :) awesome news!

March 2, 2015

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

wow

such voise

so audio

amaze

March 4, 2015

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

very speak

March 6, 2015

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

much words

March 17, 2015

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

That is good news! And, by the way, Happy Anniversary!

March 4, 2015

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

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.)

March 10, 2015

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

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?

March 2, 2015

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

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 :)

March 3, 2015

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

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!

March 3, 2015

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

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.

March 3, 2015

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

Ah, okay, thanks Arnauti. :)

March 4, 2015

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

A day away from a year streak! Congratulations!

March 3, 2015

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

Wow, I did not even see the 364 number...congrats in advance Arnauti!

March 3, 2015

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

Sometimes I wait until late at night to do this, (like now its 11) and I keep losing my streak. What gives?

March 4, 2015

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

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:

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March 6, 2015

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

Thanks I just noticed the hours, I have till about 10.

March 6, 2015

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

Thanks! This voice sounds so much more natural, it's a lot easier to 'repeat after her'!

March 3, 2015

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

Hipp, hipp, hurra!

March 3, 2015

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

Jag älskar Astrid. Jag tänker på att lämna min fru så jag kan lyssna på dig hela dagen lång!

Tack Duolingo!

March 3, 2015

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

I LOVE the new voice!!!!

March 3, 2015

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

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?

March 3, 2015

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

I thought there was a new voice. I like it. A lot.

March 4, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ZL321

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

March 5, 2015

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

Yay, the Sweds who live in my area may finnaly be able to understand me now :)

March 5, 2015

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

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!

March 6, 2015

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

Hoppas att du snart vänjer dig vid den nya rösten :)! Den är verkligen mycket bättre.

vänja sig vid = get used to

March 6, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bjoholm
  • 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.
March 6, 2015

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

Tack för att fixera mig!

March 6, 2015

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

Ingen orsak :)

  • Tack för att du rättar mig!
March 7, 2015

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

Ja, ja är inte perfekt. Men svenska, du är! Grattis! :)

March 7, 2015

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

:)

*Ja, jag är inte perfekt. Men du är svensk! Grattis!

March 8, 2015

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

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.

March 8, 2015

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

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

March 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martin2200

Is it more correct?

March 6, 2015

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

It is correct in more instances than the old one was, especially in common words. But it has a few issues of its own.

March 11, 2015

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

Tack sa mycket, Duolingo. Jag alskar den. :D

March 11, 2015

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

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.

March 11, 2015

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

Finally a good voice

March 13, 2015

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

YES!!

March 13, 2015

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

just wow the swedish voice is awesome :) P.S.: im looking for somebody to chat on swedish ^^

March 13, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bubblitz123

Nice

March 17, 2015
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