I'm really enjoying the Swedish Duolingo course... especially now the new TTS is in place.
I do have a question: would it be possible somehow to mark the pitch accent on words to help to learn it? I notice that the voice seems to mark this correctly, but other cues could be very helpful.
I see your point, but I've no idea of how hard it easy it is to implement. But I just wanted to say that as a native I think the importance of getting the pitch accent right is often exaggerated. There are extremely few occasions where it is important to differentiating meanings. It should at least not be the first thing you focus on regarding pronunciation, like getting vowel qualities accurate. If you're aiming to sound exactly like, go ahead, but for the average learner I don't think it's necessary.
Thank you for that - I should add that I am something of a perfectionist... and ultimately I want to be able to speak like a native :)
We're quite similar in our perfectionism. Like most things meant for perfectionists, I think marking pitch accents would hurt more than help most learners, making it not in the best interest of the course. However I DO think that the role of pitch accent is a bit understated in the course itself. Hard to think of how to seamlessly fit it into the course with the existing building blocks duolingo devs have made for all language courses.
BUT if you (or anyone reading this thread) haven't watched it already, Blehg recorded this amazing video about the predictable patterns behind pitch accent: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXp7_Sjgm34
If anyone could post even more videos/literature regarding pitch accent patterns/exceptions, please post them here too :D