Is tartaruga pronounced correctly? I remember it being more like "tar-tar-oo-ga" with the stress on the u.
The rule is that the stress is on the second last syllable, unless the last letter has an accent on it like città. It is a useful guide for beginning students to know this.
You are right, but the complaints are about the fact that the voice mispronounces. I am sure the Duolingo people know the rule but the voice generator does not apply it always.
Yes, I noticed this too. Some of the Italian pronunciation in the lessons is not correct. Bear in mind, this is only the beta-version.
Please report these errors on the exercise page. Corrections are not made from here. I'm reporting if everyone does it will be corrected sooner.
The pronunciation is NOT correct. But then again, Duolingo is freaking Awesome. The correct way is "tartarúga" No "tartáruga". Props to everyone who works at Duolingo, you guys are truly awesome :)
how common is it for italian speakers to omit the pronoun in a sentence (esp. in regards to the pronoun before "è")? and if you DO say the pronoun, is that a verbal cue for something? I'm curious how that works itself out in italy
Very common, especially in constructions like this one. The sentences with or without the pronoun are basically equivalent in meaning. (Depending on context, using the pronoun can add emphasis to the actor. But not necessarily so. It totally depends on the context)