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

Beta Courses reliability?

Hello there everyone! I was just wondering, how accurate are the Beta courses? I'd like to learn Swahili, but it is in Beta, and I don't know if that means there are bugs or not, or if it's not entirely finished. Any information will help. Thank you!!

April 8, 2017

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

Beta courses are ok, often, they don't have all the alternative answers. Use a lot the forum, when a sentence is not perfect, usually people complain about it. There are also errors in non-beta course, that's normal. Nothing is perfect.

April 8, 2017

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

Beta (usually) just means that it contains more errors than a regular course.

Once the error rate is low enough it will exit beta.

What is different with this course, is that they haven't added the sound files yet. When they do, it will still be in beta for a while I imagine, while they check for errors with those.

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

Try it out. It was released earlier than expected since they didn't want to wait for the sound system and we've been told it'll be updated. I watch youtube videos for pronunciation. You'll need it for words starting with two consonants (ex: bird - ndege) which is easy to grasp. The only other thing I've noticed is that the beginning of many sentences (when you have to put words together to form a sentence) there are no words with the first letter capitalized. I'm sure they are still figuring things out and that's why it's in beta - they want feedback, as do all beta courses. I hope I've helped!

April 8, 2017

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

ooooh ok. thank you!

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

I just read the audio should be completed by the end of the month:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/22037905

April 8, 2017

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

There's no audio yet. It will be added soon.

April 8, 2017

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

other than that the rest is accurate?

April 8, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

It varies a lot depending on the course. Some are much closer to exiting the beta stage than others. The Swahili course is definitely one of the "earlier beta" ones, and I suspect it will remain so for a while. Undoubtedly its contributors are fighting with the spottiest technical infrastructure of any team. But if you want to learn Swahili, it's certainly a wonderful resource with outstanding Tips & Notes. Just be prepared for it to grow rockier especially near the bottom of the tree.

April 8, 2017

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

I just finished the Swahili course last week. Currently there is no audio but they plan to have it up by the end of the month. In comparison to other courses i've worked while in beta, Swahili had a lot of errors especially towards the bottom of the tree. I think the big issue was that Swahili has no articles so when you translate a sentence in english they may have the correct answer as "the cat" and you write "a cat" and it is marked as incorrect. Also, a lot of sentences in english were oddly worded.

I would still give it a try since they are constantly working on the course.

April 10, 2017
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