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Question about basic lessons in Irish...

I set up this account for a client with a mild intellectual disability to learn Irish because he has a strong interest in Celtic cultures. Do the basic lessons not pronounce the words in the learning language when you select them? I'd like for him to be able to hear them and repeat the words verbally rather than rely on learning the words by sight. Thanks!

March 5, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Deliciae
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Hi!

The Irish course is special in the sense that it doesn't use a TTS voice, but rather a real, human voice. From my experience with the course, it seems that most sentences do have audio, but that the tooltips don't, and neither do the tasks where you're asked to pick a picture. It's not optimal, but I'm guessing they've had to prioritize. :)

Edit; found an actual quote from the Irish team:

The audio used in this course is a real human. This means 2 things: 1) The audio is very clear and easy to understand and 2) Not all sentences have audio. But don't worry, each word is included in at least 1 recording, so you are guaranteed to learn the pronunciation.

March 5, 2015

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That makes sense. Thank you so much!

March 5, 2015

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

Also, for reference, he would be doing the lessons in a web browser rather than the app.

March 5, 2015
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