https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

Swahili now listed as in beta...

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...in the incubator

Can anyone access it through the sign-up page yet?

Edit: now available for me; however, there appears to be no audio working yet.
Edit 2: this is explained in the latest update, which appeared subsequent to this post.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/-BloomingStars-

Yay! Your link shows up as error 404 for me though.

edit you changed the link, now it works.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Links fixed now.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/-BloomingStars-

Thank you : )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fr224
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The Swahili forum is now open: https://www.duolingo.com/topic/942

Guess it's going into beta today.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juryrigging
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They probably decided to release it without the sound, since that's what's been keeping it in the incubator. They'll add it when they get it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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Interesting post by the team themselves: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/21048288

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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Congratulations to the Swahili team!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
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It's there in the list when I click Add a new course. Woot :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ryannichols7
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audio is missing for me as well. almost thinking this was a mistake....

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DiegoJaviUnlam
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Wow! Good job Swahili Team! And congratulations for studying this beautiful African language... It's a beautiful day!!! =))

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanMendes
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Cheers to the first Niger-Congo language ever in Duolingo!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rachael.cr3
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Works for me!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulioJonesGotIce

Finally!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulioJonesGotIce

It's listed as hatching still

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnnaGuaGua
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I cant access it. cant learn, still says hatching :(

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WildSage
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I thought the sound is what we were waiting for. I'd rather have waited longer and gotten the audio.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hughcparker
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This way everyone has the choice. Those who'd rather wait for the audio can do so, and those who'd rather start without it can do that, too.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/IanMendes
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It seems the language has a simple orthography, which makes it easier to learn its pronunciation rules, given the fact each letter/grapheme would hardly represent more than one specific sound... If you check the first skills pages you'll see explanations of those rules.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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I think one particular hiccup is that Swahili has implosive consonants, which approximately no one doing it has any clue how to produce as a part of speech. Apparently English speakers imitating the sound of water being poured from a bottle make such a sound, but I'm definitely looking forward to hearing it in the words.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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Vietnamese has several implosives, too; they are really not difficult to make. They are not constrastive with plosive stops in either language, anyway. Start with /ɓ/, which is the easiest, and you'll quickly get a feel for what your glottis should be doing for stops further back in the mouth (essentially, closing just before the release).

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Ah, I see Wikipedia mentioning [ɓɔɪ̯] as a realization of "boy" in southern US English. I also seem to be a ɠ person for the pouring water sound, so I guess I'm half the way there already :)

1 year ago
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