Any idea on when the audio will arrive?
I tried out the course yesterday, but I must admit, I'd rather wait until the arrival of audio to go on. Any idea when that will be?
We're trying to get the audio integrated ASAP! :-)
Is Google Translator a good way to hear how the words are spoken as I go along?
Probably better than nothing. I am not familiar with their Swahili voice, but the Google Translate voices for the languages I am familiar with tend not to be too dissimilar from the electronic voices on Duolingo. German has an electronic voice, while Hungarian, for example, doesn't have recordings for individual words because they have a 'more natural' recording of a woman who said whole phrases, so it's not as able to be chopped up, but the whole sentences sound more natural. The quality of electronic voices varies wildly both on Duolingo and Google Translate, so it may or may not be good on Google Translate. Perhaps a native speaker of Swahili could chime in on their opinion.
I hope they find a place to record it soon. I so want to learn Swahili because why not.
I am actually really enjoying myself with no audio. I muted all Duolingo sounds and I just listen to different YouTube soundtracks and stuff. Also, it is incredibly easy to pronounce Swahili. Unlike English, which is a brutal language, Swahili only has 5 vowel sounds. Yup, you heard me. Only FIVE vowel sounds:
- A is the a like in mama
- E is the e like in egg
- I is the sound like in ski
- O is like the o sound in door. Don't make the o sound a long o though, it is not supposed to sound like low.
- U is the sound like in rule
The consonants are pretty much the same as English. From there I just sound out the words in my head. I have had basic Swahili prior to it coming out in beta on Duolingo, but I only had these pronunciation to go by. From listening to different songs on YouTube I have gotten my pronunciation down pat.
For the sound of every single Swahili vowel and letter, here is a link to my first Swahili education at 2 Seeds Swahili
The sounds themselves may not be difficult, but I think that hearing the words and phrases pronounced by a native speaker is very important to get the stress pattern and intonation right. It is also very important to memorize and get familiar with the language.
It's true that we can get exposure to the language on youtube and other sites, but when you're a complete beginner you may feel very lost and the DL audio is a sort of double bridge (turtle and normal) to more authentic speech.
I also think the speaking option on DL, when it is available, is very helpful. I didn't realize how much until I tried it! Listening and Speaking are both crucial components of learning a language.
So thank you Mr. Quizzical for the link, extra material is more than welcome!
That's a good source but I learn best in step by step as I have trouble sometimes and learn better at a slower pace. I hope audio will be soon because I would love to be able to come out speaking Swahili like one of the locals. Besides, I need to learn proper pronunciations for spiritual purposes.
While I am dissapointed to not have Audio yet too, due to the consistency in pronunciation and the fact those pronunciations are pretty much like American English, you can pronounce the words out loud yourself. The words they start out with are very simple ones, so if you follow the pronunciation guide provided with the first lesson group, you won't be teaching yourself incorrectly. I do hope they have Audio by the time I get to the long multi-syllable words. I would be scared to tackle those with help from a native speaker!
I think I will still wait. Even with a good pronunciation guide (and I read it, it is good), nothing is ever exactly like X and I do love how the Duolingo method works. It works best with audio being provided.
If anything, it's not as though I don't have plenty to do here. I'm busily trying to finish my German and Swedish trees as I'm nearly done with both, plus working on Russian, Norwegian, Catalan, Guarani and sometimes Polish and Romanian, so I will wait.
Yeah. I started with Swahili. I can always learn the sounds with audio when it comes in time. I will just be happy being able to read and write it for now. I just hope no one will ask for me to act as talking translator for a long time. Lol.
Yeah, I am waiting for the audio myself, as I want the full experience of it from the start, but it is rather frustrating that as a result, I'm not able to help improve the course by making reports and such while others are already doing that. Still, I'm trying hard to be patient.
I can be very patient for the full version, yet I'd really like to start getting a taste of the audio in the first lessons (it may help me learn all these greetings!). If the very beginning of the audio tree is ready, please add it up as soon as you can, I don't mind revising those first lessons with audio over and over to prepare for when the rest arrives :-)