Male vs. Female
I have tried to contact Rosetta Stone on this but they seem to be ignoring me. So I hope someone can help! I have found in the RS program that the words ending with D is pronounced differently by the male speaker vs. the female speaker. The male speaker says words such as usted, sed, with an L sound at the end while it is clear that the female speaker makes a D sound. Is this an error in the RS program?
They may be from different Spanish countries or even just different regions of the same country. If the "d" was pronounced like a "th", I would say the person is from Spain. But, then, I'm not a native, so you're better off asking them what you should be hearing. The sex of the speaker shouldn't be a factor in pronunciation. It might effect the pitch a little, but the sounds should be the same. Of course, we all know that women have more to say on any given subject so they tend to speak a little faster to get it all in during the time allotted (just kidding).
Could you please tell me which Level, Unit and Lesson? I've never had any problem contacting RS but I would be happy to listen to what you are describing and see if I can determine what's going on. I have completed all 5 levels of RS Latin American Spanish, and they do use a couple of native Spanish speakers with a heavy accent. However, I've only found one "error", where the text says "tiene" and the speaker says "tienes", for example.
I've only noticed that the men in the program are easier to understand (of course I haven't had my program that long). While all the speakers have heavy accents, I find the women harder to understand for some reason.
Which edition do you have? The Latin American Spanish or which one?