Pitch accent?

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.

July 27, 2015


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.

July 27, 2015


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 :)

July 27, 2015

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:

If anyone could post even more videos/literature regarding pitch accent patterns/exceptions, please post them here too :D

July 28, 2015

I just want to add that you can find some other awesome videos by Blehg from links in the sticky here:

July 28, 2015

This video was extremely useful :)

July 29, 2015

I will take a look at the videos... thank you for the pointer!

July 28, 2015
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