https://www.duolingo.com/jakhongirb

Pronunciations are not clear

The only thing in DL that really needs improvement is the pronunciations of both words and sentences. I implore you to improve it with good pronunciations of native speakers at least for languages like French and German. You guys are great and many thanks for giving us such a great tool as DL.

September 9, 2013

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/LearningDomo

I think Duolingo should improve the woman who speaks in the listening for italian.Her voice is like she has sometihng in throat which is wierd.Thats the number one thing Duolingo should do that I want.Yeah I agree Duolingo should improve the pronunciations !!!

September 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

The better thing to do to have better pronunciation is to report wrong one. But, seeing many times someone complaining about a wrong french pronunciation when it's perfectly correct (I'm french), I'm afraid that to many non-native french (and no reason to be different for other languages) speaker report correct pronunciation as wrong. And so Duolingo is overflood by false report.

Si I think the best thing to do is to report wrong pronunciation to Duolingo but, every time if one is not native speaker, ask in the "Discuss the Sentence" page to native speaker if it's really not well pronounced.

September 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jakhongirb

oh common, even the way the voice sounds is terribly bad. Don't you feel like it sounds as if a robot or a machine like voice is pronouncing it?

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

Some robot's accent, yes with some sentences a little but nothing horrible or terribly bad. And as they will not record each 500 versions [Duolingo's statistic, in average] of each 20.000 sentences [Duolingo's statistic], they have to record each word and after put all this together, so obviously it'll have sometime a little robot's accent, but nothing bad.

And, there is maybe a little robot accent sometimes, but the pronunciation is not wrong (except some cases that we have to report).

NB : I'm only speaking about French.

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

DL doesn't need to improve the pronunciations for all languages... I really like the German speaker! Yes, the French lady is HORRIBLE. I tried French and I had the hardest time understanding her! It would be nice if she was updated. :)

September 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/ALoUSyUseRnaME

Oh, but you should try the Italian lady, she's the worst of all.

September 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

Oh my! I believe it! Is the Spanish speaker bad?

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jrikhal

I'm afraid, except for some -- but not so many -- sentences, that the problem is not the pronunciation of the french lady, but the french pronunciation that's hard for foreigners to get... I say this because I don't find the french pronunciation so bad, so far of my own pronunciation.

September 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/cloclo15

Believe me, the French lady is clear as day compared to the Italian one!

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/makemusic

Yikes! I want to try out Italian just to see how bad she is!

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/brrrenton

The audio is generated by computer automatically. If something sounds wrong report it and (I assume) the Experts will tweak the input text to make the audio sound more natural. The only way to get real voices is to pay someone (which isn't possible on a free site) or ask the community to upload content (which can easily lead to a big mess).

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/joseph-french

The 'Deutsch Welle' is here for you !

http://www.duolingo.com/comment/797600

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/JazzBlues

I enjoyed learning Spanish so much I decided to start French as well. I am struggling with the pronunciations in French, apart from that I am very,very grateful for the chance to learn Spanish in an enjoyable way. Thanks to all, DL is a brillant tool.

September 9, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TypoKign

The difference between 'Er' and 'Ihr' in spoken German is driving me nuts, since context is not often helpful. But rather than attribute it to the speaker, I assume that it's just some nuance my ear has yet to pick up on.

I'm from the Southeast US. If I recorded the English lessons, the rest of the world would go stark raving mad. :-D

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/jakhongirb

I've started German as well and I've been told that German pronunciation is far easier than French which I also noticed watching movies in both languages. However, the pronunciation in Duolingo somehow makes it even worse =)

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/TypoKign

That's funny. I just started French, and it seems just the opposite to me. For the most part, I find it much easier to understand the German speaker. Perhaps you've become accustomed to hearing 'Duolingo French' and I've become more accustomed to hearing 'Duolingo German', and it's the switch that makes it difficult rather than the language itself.

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/junair

I find German pronunciation fairly fine

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/stefott

Concerning your German difficulties: The vowel in 'ihr' is more like the one in 'me' and the vowel in 'er' is more like the one in 'beer'. :)

September 10, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Joshed1

You are so right! It's hard to understand some of the Spanish words pronounced because they're unclear

September 10, 2013
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