https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bwana-b

Swahili audio?

Is it just me or is there no audio on the swahili course? I haven´t heard any voice yet.

February 22, 2017

37 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anne271238

I know this is redundant but, I, too, am curious about the Swahili progress. Why has nothing been updated in a year?

March 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lalules72

In fact I have just followed the link as suggested (thanks so much!) and they said that the audio is done and would be ready by June, July latest...but it is December now - have there been problems and will it come soon? I am very keen to learn Swahili on Duolingo but not sure I will continue with no audio - it is SO important to know how to say it! and it helps you learn it to hear it! Thanks so much!

December 31, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mariam22936

I still don't hear any audio, would that effect my learning abilities?

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Howard
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Frustrating, isn't it?

August 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Panchete1

Seriously... what happened with the audio? They said that it would be ready about 5 months ago. Anyone knows if there's a big problem with the audio files, or with the moderators or whatever? I'm worried :(

September 7, 2017

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

Yes exactly!! Where's the audio for Swahili?

March 25, 2018

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

No audio in Swahili is extremely disappointing.

June 9, 2018

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

That is correct, and similarly there are no speaking exercises. The creators have said there is no audio yet, but it is coming shortly. I don't know when exactly; I asked a similar question in this thread just now, so maybe we'll be able to hear about it more.

February 22, 2017

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

I am very aware that Duolingo is a crowdsource app and that contributors have their own lives and things come up like the rest of us but there's been zero follow up about the audio situation for Swahili for almost a year now. I see people in the forum going round and round on this issue with no info coming from Duolingo. How many posts and/or comments before there's at least some info about the situation if not a solution?

March 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheSisko1

I was exited for Swahili. I still am and going through it.. but that audio would help advancement and understanding so much (as everyone is aware)

GIVE US THE GOOD, DUO!

June 8, 2018

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

No audio and a refusal to respond is just one more thing that is putting me off Duolingo. The site is not what it used to be

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Howard
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Depends on the language, I think. Other teams are more responsive in my experience. (You should know that, being an even bigger Duolingo maniac than I am :) )

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mike-rogero

When a SuperUser who put enough time into your product to reach the highest level on 15 of your classes comments, I'd think Duolingo would want to listen .....

August 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Syl106175

Duolingo really needs to add the audio on their Swahili lessons or many will switch to other methods who offer it.

January 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JonLeary2

Please make the audio soon!

February 11, 2018

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

It has already been made, it just isn't getting added on the side of Duolingo, it seems. I hear it usually takes a long time, but I wouldn't know why.

February 11, 2018

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

Amazingly, I heard some audio today. The audio was not on every translation, but, an improvement! Asante!

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Panchete1

No! Really? Are you serious? I have to check that! :)

December 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lalules72

I just started the Swahili today and found the same thing...and it is 10 months since you wrote this comment! - it really that helpful without the audio! - I hope they sort this soon!!! :)

December 31, 2017

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

Yay ! At last we have the audio !! I'm not sure exactly when it arrived as I have recently neglected my Swahili which I had been doing daily . New year's resolution day today - one of mine will be to get back to daily Swahili . I seem to have forgotten everything ! :( Happy 2019 everyone .

January 1, 2019

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

Very much hope that it's true what I heard about Swahili audio by June.

March 25, 2018

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

Oh, me too! Where did you hear this?

March 25, 2018

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

I double checked the link to the post and it was written for June 2017, not this coming June 2018. It's like they dropped off the map.

March 25, 2018

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

Not only is there no audio, but it needs huge amounts of editing. Some of the exercises are undoable. I’ve taken some Swahili IRL and have sent lots of questions and feedback and have heard nothing in a long time.

April 4, 2018

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

@sallypooh , yes , you're right - there isn't Swahili spoken for every translation , but it's an improvement . Asante , Duo

January 1, 2019

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

Funny how the messages aren't in chronological order

January 1, 2019

[deactivated user]

    Why is Duolingo so silent about this issue? Shame....

    May 22, 2018

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

    Anyone knows why there still isn't audio?

    December 19, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kari495695

    I have audio today! Shocked me after 2 months doing Swahili without it.

    December 20, 2018

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

    Really! Maybe one out four sentences had audio, a male voice.

    December 19, 2018

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

    I did hear some audio today, I haven’t wanted to work on Swahili due to the lack of verbal supported instruction. Hopefully they will update the program soon. Anyone hear any current information regarding this situation?

    March 1, 2019

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

    There's a post by one of the contributors on the Kiswahili board. Read that.

    February 22, 2017

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

    Do you have a link? I was searching and I found this thread first.

    April 16, 2017

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

    https://incubator.duolingo.com/courses/sw/en/status

    Or maybe that's not what they meant. There are several discussions in the forums here where it has also been mentioned:

    Sound hopefully by end of month.
    Audio for swahili
    Sound for Swahili
    Any idea on when the audio will arrive?
    Swahili audio?

    April 16, 2017

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

    There was an old post saying it is about to be uploaded. I commented on it despite it being almost a year old and it disappeared within minutes.

    June 22, 2018

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

    Sad, isn't it? I mean, I believe there are only about 2 (!) contributors to the course, which means they have already taken on one **** of a job and done so much great work. I can certainly understand it when life gets in the way along the road. But the communication towards the learners' community could/should be better. I mean, you could send out a request for volunteers or something? We are all part of larger online networks so who knows what good could come from sending out such a request, right?

    June 26, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Panchete1

    They are actually 3 contributors: Emilian Mbassa, Rehema Mputa and Branden Ryan. They had almost ready the audio files, and the Swahili course started with the audio icons, although sound was not still available. But they never reported again about that. The audio icons disappeared and we never knew what happened. Not sure if they got troubles uploading audio, or if something happened to them. That sounds like a real mystery incident. I would really like to know if they are ok.

    June 26, 2018

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