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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/verobean

Why isn't there an option to speak Hungarian?

I grew up speaking both English and Hungarian as a child. I'd like to get better at speaking Hungarian, and would love to have the same microphone features that I have for learning French and Spanish. Will one be added?

July 10, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

I think that only the courses developed in-house by Duolingo developers get audio - about a half dozen (French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, perhaps one or two more?).

All the ones from the incubator have a different technological basis and never have pronunciation practice, I think, even if they are out of beta: they're just a different platform.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/miacomet

They released it for some of the incubated courses as well (Turkish, Danish, and Swedish have it, I think Dutch and Norwegian do too). I think that the courses must 1) be out of beta, and 2) have readily available speech-to-text.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Glad to be corrected; thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

See this 7 days older discussion about the same question.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janesska

I think, that once it will be added, but for now we don't have even an audio, that reads you the sentence out loud. So, imho it will be a long process.. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Bastette54

Yes, there is audio for most of the text. I've been using it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

there is audio for most of the text.

At the beginning, probably, later not exactly "most".

For languages (like Hungarian) for which Duo can't find a (decent) Text-to-Speech engine, they hire a third-party company to record (=human voice) the audio for some sentences of the course. And "some" has always been, up to now, 3000-4000 sentences for the different courses with no TTS audio.

3000-4000 represent at best around half of the exercises (for "smallest" courses, in terms of number of exercises)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Janesska

When i was learning it like first or second day after releasing, there was audio only for few words :) I think that they are adding the audio now. So, I think, that the microphone features will come faster, than I thought... :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jrikhal

I think that they are adding the audio now.

The human recorded audios (bought to a third-party company) are added once before the release into beta and that's it.
That's, by the way, one of the main reason why courses stay months at "100% completion" before reaching beta: staff and volunteers have to wait for the third-party company to create all the recordings (then they have to check them and send back the ones with issue... so wait again etc.)

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