and welcome back to another episode of the German is Easy blockbuster series
A New Feature.
Yes, another one :).
And this time, it has something to do with the audio examples I have. I’m using normal everyday speech for them, and even though I am a slow speaker overall, it can still be quite the challenge to follow them and really hear what I am saying.
Ideal would be of course to have two versions, a slow one and a normal one, and more ideal even would be to have two different speakers. And laser-eyes-ideal would be to have two different speakers with two different speeds.
But that’s definitely too much work. For now.
I have gotten a lot more solid with coding over the last year and I discovered that it’s actually not all that difficult to implement a slow motion feature.
Maybe you know it from Youtube. You can adjust the playback speed there. Which it is a pretty funny feature, by the way, because many people sounds drunk if you slow them down. Wanna have some laughs, then watch a speech of a politician of your choice on .75 – it’s hilarious.
For some reason, I don’t really get that drunk-vibe when I slow down my own speaking. But you can check that out for yourself, because the new feature I added lets you slow down ANY audio on the site.
Note that the feature is ONLY accessible if you have an account, so either you have an active membership or you used to have one in the past.
The switch is on the bottom right and here’s how it looks:
And here’s a random audio, so you can try it :)
Can you understand what I am saying :)?
Now, the tool does NOT save the settings at the moment, so if you open a new page, it’ll be back to one, but it’s really just one click or tap to switch back and forth.
The slowing down itself is actually done by the browser (most modern browsers have it), so it’s not high end audio processing. But at least at .7 it still sounds fairly natural.
So yeah… I really hope this is helpful for you. Let me know what you think and if I should change the speed options.
Have a great day and just so you know… it was NOT the last episode of A New Feature, so stay tuned :)
I just got yet another superb email from Your Daily German. I was puzzled by the use of the word “Grammai”. What is the difference between “Grammai”. and “Grammatik”? I went to Google’s translator, but it does not recognize the word “Grammai”. Is it dialectical?
Nah, it’s a made up word :). A combination of “Grammatik” and “Mai”… “Grammai”
Very useful, thank you!
Hey! I just wanna to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH to all the community for supporting the project and making the access of high quality learning material possible for people who can’t afford the paid program.
Thanks for adding this feature! Also, i wanted to thank the german learning community on Emanuel’s superb website, dollars are not really accessible in our country so it was hard for me to pay but some german learners here pay extra for those who can’t afford it, and that’s how i got my 1 year subscription! Just wanted to thank the community and let ya’ll know that your kindness is actually helping some people out there achieve their goals, including me.
Excellent! My comprehension can be a little slow. Danke
I dunno, at either speed it definitely sounds to me like at least one of us is drunk…
Do I hear lockdown fatigue?
Just saying, it’s a valuable tool, but it doesn’t sound like anybody should be operating heavy machinery while using it…
Yeah, also, no driving :)!
So many new features! I wanted to try out the volume sliders for the dictionary just now and got stopped by a unicorn (but I said the magic word and got past him). I’m excited for the surprise!
Wait, what volume slider??
I saw it the other day on the main page of the dictionary, the one where you can normally scroll. Next to the volume button, there was a bar to adjust the volume like on Youtube. It looked like not all of the entries had it, but I can still see it now when I searched for “eigentlich.” Dark mode on desktop, if that helps.
I mean the button to play the audio. My brain….
Ohhhhhhhh, that one :). I am continuously adding entries to the dictionary but I don’t always do the audio right away. I think 3/4 of entries should have it, but only a few have examples as of now.
Hmm, I don’t see it.
I’ve actually changed the way audio is integrated into the site last week ( now the site should load a lot faster), and I always work on the live site so there are periods when things are a bit weird in the display.
I actually did decide long ago to not have volume sliders on the examples. I have so many examples and having a volume option for each one seemed a bit redundant, especially since you can adjust the volume on your device easily.
I guess I could look into offering a general volume slider, but I’m not sure it’s really necessary. It won’t make the bad quality audios (some are rather quiet) any louder :)
Huh. I even used the slider. I didn’t think I really needed it, I was just curious and I keep the dictionary open a lot as one of my procrastination pages. Work a little, scroll a little, ya know. It’s like a bunch of tiny, easy to digest articles. It’s grown so much over the past however long it’s been.
Mir klingt es als ob du nicht gerade gute Laune hast, aber etwas in Eile bist, oder vielleicht ein Bißchen nervös bist. Normalerweise sprichst du etwas langsam, mit einem kleinen—wie soll ich es heißen?—naja, Schwung, der vollkommen reizend ist.
Hahaha, das war kein aktuelles Audio. Das war von einem alten Post. Aber stimmt. Es klingt wirklich nicht sehr energetisch :D
Das ist eine schöne Feature! Vielen Dank!
Freut mich :).
*ein schönes Feature
but why though XD
Because Feature identifies as “das”. Inspired by “das Merkmal” :)
Even though it means “die Funktion” :P
Believe it or not, I didn’t even realize that. I was like “Yeah, feature is Merkmal so of course it’s das… ” except, I wouldn’t call this slow mo thing a Merkmal :)
Right? I mean, would you ever use the Anglicism “das Feature” to mean “Merkmal”?
Actually, I do do that :). But still… it’s funny how very much NOT present the notion of “Funktion” was when I thought about “feature”
Oh. Das. Neuter. Right! Vielen Dank!
Ein (no e, no s) schönes (add s) … WHY do those two not agree??
Have you looked at the series that starts here: https://yourdailygerman.com/adjective-endings-german/# ? I think this is the article my wife found that was our doorway into this site.
Why would they?
Hallo Lehrer, eine Frage an dich. Ich brauche Hilfe. Welche Zeitform ist, in diese Sätze :
1.Die Kirchenuhr hätte schon geschlagen haben sollen.
2.Ich möchte das alles bis morgen geschafft haben
Danke im Voraus
1) Konjunktiv (Conditional) Vergangenheit
2) normales Präsenz
Hast du Heute dann gute Laune?
Yep, at 0.7 you still sound natural; at 0.5 you start to sound drunk :)
I saw the question asked by bosko and now I have a doubt of my own concerning it:
Why “Die Kirchenuhr hätte schon geschlagen haben sollen?” and not “Die Kirchenuhr hätte schon schlagen sollen?”
Thanks for the new feature!!
Both are correct, and the difference in meaning in this context is somewhat subtle (as in, I can’t really decide whether there is one or not).
Das hat mich auch verwirrt. Ich dachte hätte schlagen sollen. Also, beide Satze haben die gleiche Bedetung?
Wenn ich gut verstanden habe. ;)
“hätte schlagen sollen” – at point X in time, the bell should have been ringing.
“hätte geschlagen haben sollen” – at point X in time, the bell should have been done with the task ” ringing”.
I’m a new member and I really think this new feature will be usefull. Thanks.