Shorties - new audio in Vocabulary and Expressions sections

Firstly, thank you to the PP team for adding audio to the Vocabulary and Expressions sections of the Shorties! It’s a great addition.

I’ve found the single words in the Vocabulary sections are generally good and correct.

With some of the multi word phrases in the Expressions sections things get a little weird (i.e. wrong)!

Has anyone else noticed this?

There are plenty of examples I could give. I think if you pick any Shortie from the archive (probably not the newly released ones) you will find at least one of the Expressions is incorrectly pronounced.

It doesn’t bother me too much because I can generally identify when the pronunciation is incorrect - but it might be confusing for newer learners.

As an aside, I love the randomness of occasionally getting Rui pop up in these audio files - it adds to the fun!

(The other voices sound the same as the voices used in a set of flashcards I have that I bought elsewhere. I would love to know how these new audio additions were put together by the PP team - it’s not relevant really to this post, but I find it interesting.)

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I’ve noticed it too. A great workaround is to download the mp3 of the shortie and load it into Audacity. From there it’s really easy to extract mp3 clips of the words you want to learn to make your own flashcards (for example, in Anki).

On a related note, I can only imagine how time consuming it has been for Rui to pronounce SO MANY words and phrases for the site. My hat’s off to him! :cowboy_hat_face:

If you want to add words or sentences from other sources (like grammar books) for which you don’t have recordings, you can get an automated recording in the mp3 format from this website for example (or other TTS - text- to-speech solutions) and add them to your Anki deck:

I think there are others, maybe better ones, can someone recommend something?

It has two European Portuguese voices.

For recordings made by human native speakers, you can try to find something here: but of course you will look for ones made by speakers from Portugal.

I would strongly recommend, when learning nouns, not to just learning a noun, but with the corresponding definite article, e.g. not just “estante” but “a estante”.

If you feel you will remember a word better if you have a picture related to it, you can find an appropriate picture for the word here:
just type the word in Portuguese and choose the best one for you.
Then just drag and drop it into Anki.

If you’d like to learn spelling as well or learning some grammar content, you can use cloze deletion note type in Anki. For more information how to create them, look for youtube videos about Anki.

This will allow you to customise your learning process.