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The talking lady, Spanish

In Spanish, I am having many troubles understanding the person who says the words. And since there is no way to turn off this exercise, what do I do?I don't think there is anything wrong with my speakers, so if anyone else is having troubles, please tell me. ~Connor.C

3 years ago

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You can turn off the listening exercises in the settings page. But, I would advise against it. It would make little sense to learn the language if you are not able to understand folks speaking it. The words and pronunciation are new for you and may take sometime getting used to. But you will eventually make good progress. Also, try repeating the sentences out loud to reinforce the learning.

3 years ago

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This is a great comment.

The text to speech technology isn't perfect--it's not going to sound like a perfect, natural human. Perhaps keeping in mind that this is essentially a computerized voice will also help your comprehension?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connor.c

That's why I didn't want to have the speaker on, because sometimes it isnt very clear, and I mess up and rage

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connor.c

Thanks, I'll check it out

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connor.c

I turned off speaker, but it didn't work, do I need to turn off speaker and auto talk or whatever it was?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Connor.c

I did and it didnt work.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/remoonline
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For sound related options, you can turn off speaker, voice autoplay and sound effects. Make sure you save the changes.

3 years ago

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Since Spanish leaves little room for pronunciation variation, I've found (IMHO) that the Spanish computer voice is the closest to the real thing. The French gets very close, but I've heard a few small important differences from duo by listening to real native speakers. The English voice is pretty close, but it slightly skewers some words. I had to report a few of those that would only confuse English learners. So the speech generator is far better to speed development than having to download countless sound files that would cram up bandwidth and drive costs up. I think your best bet is to leave as is and learn some speech recognition. Native speaker's won't all slow down while you catch up. Good luck!

3 years ago

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As a supplement, try listeningpractice.org or for a paid app, Yabla.com. Don't turn off the sound, though, but don't hesitate to use the turtle button on the listening exercise. Eventually, it will come.

3 years ago