https://www.duolingo.com/konahi2014

French voice needs to change...

I have been learning french for quite a while now, and I have gotten countless answers wrong in the lessons, because the lady voicing over the french words sounds like she is swallowing the vowels, and she sounds really really stuffy.

I have listened to french music, watched french movies, and I can understand those just fine. I am just having a reaaaaaaaaaaaallly difficult time learning, when I cant understand what is going on.

(NOTE)- I am not trying to sound critical, I do know how much time was put in to making the French course, I just want to let the staff know how I am feeling.

May 29, 2015

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/bumbleandtumble

It is very understandable about you letting the staff know how you are feeling. They want as much feedback as they can get and would love to hear from anyone. As for the problem that you face, I completely agree. The voice is a bit stuffy and many times I must repeat hearing the sentence being said over and over again....it gets annoying, I know. However, I do not think that this problem will be resolved for quite a while, so maybe you could find other language resources that are easy, free, and understandable. Here is a link: http://www.fluentin3months.com/free-links/

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/konahi2014

thanks!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bumbleandtumble

no problem! :) have a wonderful day! :D

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/konahi2014

you too!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RichardPea11

Thanks for the link - very useful! (I'm listening to a radio in Tours now!) I'd assumed the voice was perhaps computer-generated. It seems to be certain frequencies that are a problem and sometimes electronic noise or effects. I can work around it and have learned to recognize certain anomalies. I don't count on the pronunciation to be completely accurate and have noticed some things that are just wrong. I'm not bothered by the voice especially - I can manage with it as it is.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/bumbleandtumble

you are welcome for the link! :) yes, the French voice I believe is computer-generated, as is the voice of several other language courses. I think that the DL team should not use computer-generated voices. :)

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Shiftos

If you use Google Chrome, the extension "Duolingo with GTTS" will change the voice to Google's TTS voice. I find it much better, and just a single click will switch between the two voices.

Link: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duolingo-with-gtts/nfpojcngbcbpgahdmodcdlcgcgligbco

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/CurlyThea

Merci beaucoup!! You solved my problems. hahaha

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

I couldn't agree with you more. She tends to drop her voice at a crucial word, and you have to go to "Skip" to see what she is saying.

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/indigobloom

Oh yes I cannot stand the French voice. So frustrating!!! I showed it to a friend of mine for kicks and we went through it to see how ridiculous it is... and discovered that it isn't as bad when you have it set up on quality speakers. That said, some of the sentences are truly ridiculous. Even on the speakers, she says impossible to decipher things. Ex. "nous" is pronounced as MMmmhhh - how are those two alike in any way?! I don't get it....

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AmirLFC

I know, right? It's probably one of the most annoying parts of the course...

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Robbie.Clark

I don't find it terrible, but I do find her difficult. I thought that it might just be that my ears are not well trained for listening to French until I watched a few short videos in French on YouTube to see if I was picking anything up and then I realized that it's just this course. I suspect that I may have to try complimenting duolingo with another course with better recorded vocalization as I get further along before I will be comfortable enough to find native francophones with whom to practice.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cookiebar1

Yes I am also learning French in duolingo and I agree that lady voice needs to change. Sometimes I have to keep the volume low and when I'm trying to listen carefully to the words, it sound like the lady is swallowing the vowels

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/The_Shy_Flower

Same thing. It also sounds like she is "gulping", making the words sound weird and unatural. Also, hi!

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Oooff1

She often doesn't make the liaison that she is supposed to between words - my french teacher would be mad.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Cookiebar1

Hi! ^^ ~

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/The_Shy_Flower

Didn't think that you were gonna be here today! ^-^

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RebeccaR10

She occasionally has some crazy voice cracks as well, which makes it rather difficult to make out the word sometimes.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Muzorewi1984

You should try listening to the English robot voice our French friends have to listen to on the reverse tree. It's so bad I got a bunch of spoken English sentences wrong (before I turned it off, obviously).

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Dan.Cline

Try using ear buds.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Gregstarz

I don't know if I agree with this. There's some strange words and phrases that are hard to hear here and there, but overall I think it's pretty good and other things like fixing some lessons should take priority

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/hivemindx

I agree with this. I find it easy enough to understand outside of the mistakes such as forgetting the liaison and the occasional bad computer glitch. Perhaps this is a difference between the Android app (which I use for audio) and the web version? I'm amazed that anyone can understand French TV but not Duolingo.

I also think people who are calling for the computer voice to be replaced by human need to bear in mind the expense of doing that. I'm sure they would love to have each sentence read by a native speaker but where is the money for that going to come from? I already can't understand how the income streams I know about actually pay for this service.

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLBXipiNkv

Yeah I'm with you right there. I also had a hard time hearing a bot's voice, even with slow motion. It's just, not too clear enough no matter how many times I try to pay close attention.

May 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/tuna.bokor

Yeah, it is really really bad! I have to use google translators audio option to make words clear in my head...(which is much better)

May 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AidanJohns4

I have the same trouble with the "Swedish lady", although I don't think to the extent you're having with French. Whenever she says "de" (Swedish for they" it sounds like she is saying dawn.

May 29, 2015

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

It's supposed to be pronounced as "dom", please read the grammar notes!!!

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AidanJohns4

I have never heard a real person say it that way?...

May 29, 2015

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

That's funny because the few Swedes I have talked to all say "dom".........

May 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AidanJohns4

Maybe depends on dialect? Idk lol

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/jkrauseno

I know a lot of swedes, and hear it on a daily basis. They all say dom, for sure.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I had a hard time with the French voice at first, but have mostly gotten used to it. However, there are still sometimes when I simply cannot understand what is being said. Others have mentioned the vowels but I've had more trouble with the consonants. Roux sounds like vous or just où, because the first letter has been dropped.

May 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/_Gini_

Totally agree!

May 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LiamBeans

D'accord ! Je leur conseillerais d'employer leur espérantiste. Il parle avec la clarté d'un ange. (Agreed! I would recommend to them hiring their Esperantist. He speaks with the clarity of an angel.)

June 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/MelodyMund

Loving this for the first time. Wow, look what I can learn outside of school!!!

June 2, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeEssner1

Seems that every other program i test has realistic (not computer generated voices) voices that are a million times better. I am searching for alternatives solely because of the voice issues. It has become unbearable.

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