Sunday, May 30, 2010
This may not exactly be news as I haven't checked Deutsche Welle's Langsam gesprochene Nachrichten page for a while now (half a year, perhaps?) but I noticed yesterday that the daily news one can hear in German there while reading the transcript is now available in two languages: slow (langsam) and normal (Echtzeit). This is a nice addition as sometimes the slow speed can be a bit too slow unless you are getting used to reading and hearing German for the very first time, and the more normal (but still relatively slow) speed is more similar to what one hears when listening to actual news. It was always possible to take the slowly spoken podcasts and lower the frequency then play them at a higher speed, but that takes a bit of time and always comes out sounding a bit unnatural.
Norway's Klar Tale has the same thing but only at slow speed, and so do a number of other languages like Finnish with Selkouutiset.