https://www.duolingo.com/Im_Andrea

When Will Esperanto Be Officially Ready?

Self-explainitory title. I'm planning on learning Esperanto next year as part of my New Year's resolution.

And I'm hoping it will have sound.

Edit: There was a glitch or something at my end because yes, there is indeed sound. I'm not bothered by the beta mode, was just curious as to when it will pass that phase.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/PeelOfShame
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It's pretty good as it is now. The fact that it's still in "beta" shouldn't scare you off from starting it. It just means that they're working on tweaking the translations and the like.

And it has sound. :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Matthew_Phelps

no only does it HAVE sound, the Esperanto course has GREAT sound; the translator is extremely articulate, accurate, and even emotionally involved when needed :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

I must have a bad ear :-). I sometimes have real difficulty with distinguishing words and endings in the "type what you hear" questions. But most of the time they are good.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seveer
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I don't know your background, so I apologize if I'm making an incorrect assumption, but it looks like you have only some Esperanto and very low level Spanish experience on Duolingo at the moment. When they start listening to speech, most people don't realize how large the cognitive recognition function is. As you learn more of the language you will more easily recognize the speech. I can tell you that the speech in this course is much, much better than most of the Duolingo courses, and certainly much, much better than sources "in the wild" that native speakers recognize with ease. A lot of the Duolingo courses use computer generated speech that is much, much worse, and yet people do fine with those. Keep training and you will more easily understand the speech.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcbrunner
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The difference between the verb endings -as and .os is often tricky to distinguish in the recordings. To me, Esperanto's significant differentiators are often too soft, e.g. elirejo vs. enirejo.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Evildea

With time -as and -os will become clear as day. It's just a matter of training your ear.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jcbrunner
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In practice -as is the expected default, as future tense is rarely used in spoken language (my mother tongue Swiss German does not even have a distinct future tense, co-opting present tense instead).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/valid_character

Have you tried using a pair of earphones/earbuds? I've found that is a HUGE improvement over trying to use Duolingo with my laptop's speakers. Otherwise, I have extreme difficulty hearing some of the vowels.

I don't know why because I don't really have the same issue with listening to YouTube videos in English.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Im_Andrea

There's was something wrong at the moment of posting. But it's fine now!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/seveer
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Agreed, this course seems to have much higher standards than many of the other Duolingo courses. I have played around with a lot of beta courses and this is by far the best. Of course, those other languages are much more complicated. Not trying to be negative toward any of those course creators, as they are doing wonderful work without pay!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Im_Andrea

I'm not bothered by it, just wondering if there's a set and/or general time when it will be pass the beta stage.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/gR3B3L

It is "ready" now. I can barely find any problems with it. I have only successfully pointed out 1. That was an alternative English translation that should have also been accepted. I think you will find that it has been 99% of the way through the beta for quite a while.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Im_Andrea

I don't doubt that it's near perfect. I was just wondering if there's a set and/or general time when it will be pass the beta stage.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimathy
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I don't think there are set times for any course graduating from beta - rather, when user reports have dropped to a certain level then the course is considered stable.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Im_Andrea

That's interesting, thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/italianboy96
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The course is absolutely excellent. Please, please, please, do not let the fact that it's still in beta discourage you from learning it!

3 years ago
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