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

DL using both male/female voices in German

Just noticed today that DL is using both male and female voices in German! This is much, much better than just using one gender.

May 9, 2015

13 Comments


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

I'm curious to know: does anyone else struggle more with understanding the male voice than the female voice? It's quite possible that I have an easier time understanding the female voice because I've been listening to her much longer, but I don't know. Love having the two voices now! :)

May 10, 2015

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

I feel the same. Her voice sounds a lot clearer

May 10, 2015

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

The same to me. I feel easier to catch the woman's voice

May 10, 2015

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

I definitely agree. I've been using Duolingo to brush up on my rusty German skills. I studied the language for about 7 years in high school and college and I lived in Germany for a little while, so I'm used to hearing the language spoken by native speakers. Some of the words are pretty unintelligible in the male voice unfortunately. I just report it when it happens and hopefully they can get a better translation.

May 11, 2015

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

I did the reverse tree just for fun and i agree. The woman has a clear pronounciation. She speaks really good. Despite of this i found a hand full of words with a wrong „Betonung“ (is it called emphasis?) In reality most people do not speak that clearly.

March 27, 2018

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

I'm eleven skills in and never heard the male voice, is it on later ones only?

May 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rattl
  • 1908

It's an A/B test. From what I've read some people have only the male voice, others only the female, and a third group has both.

May 9, 2015

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

So it's an A/B/C test, then?

May 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rattl
  • 1908

I guess so. :)

May 11, 2015

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

I'm only on level three right now, and I have both voices. It's probably an A/B testing thing again.

May 9, 2015

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

Completed two lessons and it felt as though I had two different female voices or is it me?

May 9, 2015

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

Even when I know what the voice should be saying, it doesn't sound right sometimes. The problem is specific to certain sounds that it can't make properly. I can only comment on the female voice, but if the male voice is flawed in a different way, then we have a better chance to understand one or the other. I remember a full week or more when I was dejected because I couldn't understand the voice properly. Now I know better, press "skip" and then 'report."

May 10, 2015

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

I noticed that too.

May 19, 2015
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