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

Two Narrators

It seems that just recently another narrator was added--a male voice. Thank you. The more variation in speakers we can hear the greater will become our fluency. I would like to see even more speakers and with accents from various regions in France.

July 10, 2015

14 Comments


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

Yes! The male voice talks more clearly and is therefore more easier to understand. :)

July 10, 2015

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

The male voice also mispronounces a lot of words.

July 11, 2015

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

Yes, sometimes it does.

July 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/daidai589

To me it sounds like the male is Italian...am I the only one who gets this?

July 19, 2015

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

I also think the male voice is easier to understand.

July 10, 2015

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

I agree that too!

July 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eminem1219

How do you change speaker to a male? Danke (:

July 10, 2015

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

You don't. If you backspace what you had just been typing in, the female voice will switch to the male. :)

July 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/eminem1219

what???

July 10, 2015

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

Sorry, I'll try to explain it better. When you type in a sentence but realize it's wrong you usually backspace to start typing in the whole sentence all over again. When you do that it will switch voices. Did I explain that better? :)

July 10, 2015

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

For me it seems to alternate without any input on my part unless, as Miss Thorson says, I backspace to correct my translation. Then it does repeat it in a different voice.

July 10, 2015

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

But even that isn't consistent.

July 10, 2015

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

I think variety is good - however I believe accuracy is much more important. I presume both of the voices are computer generated? It would be great to have a variety of real French voices for the lessons. I wonder how much it would cost to hire a bunch of native French voice actors (possibly students) to record all the sentences in duolingo? (Or pay somebody to record a variety of regular French people.) Maybe we could have a kickstarter to raise funds to hire people to do this.

July 12, 2015

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

Pour moi aussi. Mais la variété est l'épice de la vie.

July 10, 2015
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