This amateur video complains about Duolingo not having perfect Japanese pronunciation, and dates from 2021. The author of the video goes as far as to recommend that the audio and listening exercises be disabled altogether. This makes me wonder, to what extend is the pronunciation "not perfect"?

As I know nearly nothing of Japanese, I don't yet have the ear to compare it to actual Japanese and decide whether it's good or not. My main concern is that it could lead me into mispronouncing words.

I'm a native French speaker, and I tried out the Duolingo French course just to see how accurate the pronunciation was. I was very satisfied by it, and I don't see why a French speaker would sound weird just because he uses the same pronunciation as in Duolingo (though we all know the tone of voice and robotic sentence entries and conclusions are hilariously ridiculous, but that is not what I'm concerned about.)

In other words, could we say that Duolingo's Japanese pronunciation quality is at least as good as with French?

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    It seems like the automated voices regularly have strange pitch accent in Japanese. I've seen this native speaker comment on the incorrect pitch accent of the automated voices several times, but here is one specific instance of it. If you're not familiar with pitch accent in Japanese it might be hard to hear what he means, but this is a very common mistake for beginner (and even advanced) speakers to make, and natives would notice it. So it's not great that Duolingo has these mistakes.
    – Leebo
    Aug 4 at 21:13
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    Pitch accent is the least of your problems if you're using duolingo to learn Japanese.
    – Monchi
    Aug 5 at 6:15
  • @Leebo Very nice example, thank you for pointing that out.
    – GPWR
  • @Monchi Could you elaborate a bit on this, please?
    – GPWR


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