Trouble with the Irish audio
Is anyone else having trouble with the new Irish audio? It is hardly audible. Even when I put the sound on its maximum it is very faint.
All of the audio recordings for the Irish course were replaced yesterday. A number of users have commented that the volume on the recordings is too low - to hear the recordings, they have to turn the volume up so loud on their PCs that the beeps at the end of an exercise, or the chimes at the end of a lesson are way too loud.
Hopefully, this will be fixed, though given how long it took them to update the audio in the first place.....
(The audio on the Irish course uses recordings, because there isn't a suitable Text to Speech system available for Irish. So it may not be possible to "turn up the volume" on the recordings without re-processing them all, though they shouldn't have to be recorded).
Brendan, I use a Macbook as well as an i-Pad an d never had a problem before. I think Knocksedan is right. All the audio was replaced and perhaps the recording wasn't very good.
Yes I am having issues with audio on Irish course as well - plays for some parts and not for others - I am participating in French, Spanish and Russian with no audio problems - Thank you to all who are making these courses available to the world! Waiting patiently for Irish course to be repaired...
The Irish course doesn't use a Text to Speech computerized voice - it relies on recordings, so most of the ~20, 000 sentences don't have audio, that all words in the current Duolingo vocabulary should occur at least once.
(Or, to put it another way, "It's not a bug, it's a feature!").
While I appreciate the efforts of those creating these courses, I can assure you that the audio issues are not at all a "feature" - As soon as one starts the Irish course there is no audio on the basic introductory vocabulary - and you call this a "feature"? How can one begin without the basic vocabulary? In comparison to the other courses this lack of audio is certainly not a "feature" and it does not measure up to the other courses. It really needs to be at par with other language courses on this site. It is a lot of work; I understand this and I appreciate your efforts if you are one of the creators.
No, I'm not one of the creators. My comment was meant to be ironic, and I wasn't trying to dismiss your concerns. The lack of audio on every single sentence is basically a side-effect of the fact that there is no suitable Text to Speech engine available for Irish. The "division of labour" between paid Duolingo staff and the volunteer staff is also a factor, as contributors can fix issues with the text, and add alternative translations, etc, but all of the audio issues must be dealt with by Duolingo staff. With a TTS system, this isn't an issue - updated text generated updated TTS audio, but it makes changes to recorded audio much more difficult to manage. Given the limitations, those of us who are learning languages that don't use a TTS engine (Irish isn't the only one), have to count ourselves lucky that Duolingo even has an Irish course!
And I do understand that the audio on the course is much more important to learners outside Ireland, who don't have any previous experience with the sound of spoken Irish. Most people in Ireland have at least encountered the basics in School (no matter how badly taught or learned), but for learners outside Ireland, coming to Irish for the first time, more audio would clearly be helpful.
There is a TTS engine available at abair.ie, that will read back whatever you enter, in Donegal, Kerry or Connemara dialects, but I don't think it would really be good enough for Duolingo to use. You can also listen to a lot of words recorded in the 3 major regional variations on teanglann.ie (only the root forms - you can use abair.ie to hear the modified forms).
Note that the issue of dialect also poses a difficulty for Irish on Duolingo, even if there was a TTS available.
Yes, me too. The right and wrong sounds are ok but the spoken parts are barely audible.
I cannot hear the basic words from the 1st lesson(fear,bean,buachaill,cailín) You hear them at the end of the lesson
The Irish course doesn't have audio on the "picture" exercises, where you are shown 3 pictures, and asked to select the picture that matches the word. (As far as I can recall, the only exercises with a single word, like the list you provide, are picture exercises).