"This is the orange."
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Most sentences in the Hebrew course don't have audio for either the sentence, the individual words, or both.
Which is way below standard for a Duo course -- all other courses I've encountered (6) have audio very consistently. Even the Yiddish course, which is only in beta!, has audio.
Especially without the vowels included, here most of the time we are just randomly/wildly guessing what the words sound like.
The Hebrew course was made in spite of a TTS not existing, which is what other languages used at the time. That is why only full sentences were recorded. It was an experiment in a way. Then it was announced that a new tree would be made, to help teach the letters better, because the platform on Duo was updated in the meantime. Sadly, about a month or two ago, Duo announced that all volunteer courses will be transformed into staffed courses and all the work that the Hebrew team invested (they even started recording audio for the new tree) was scrapped and they are locked out of the incubator. Nobody knows how long this limbo will last.
Oh yikes. That sounds terrible & like a waste of those folks' time?
Can I ask: what is TTS? And, do you mean this course used to be just put together by volunteers, or that all the mods/ongoing contributors were volunteers, and then Duolingo decided to only let paid people contribute from that point on? (Clearly there is a lot I don't know about the politics here.)
Yes, it is wrong. את is a preposition that goes with the accusative, but not with the nominative. Here, the orange is the subject, not the (direct) object, so you don't need any preposition with it.
The "the" is hidden in the ה preposition. That is, התפוז gives the definite "The Orange".