Is DuoLingo ever going to correct the terrible audio? I've been using DL well over a year and the same garbled/mispronounced phrases are still glaringly there.
I've only worked with Russian but in many many cases the audio is glitched, words run together, or clearly there are mispronounced words. I always report the audio problems but the same problems are still there. A lot of the discussions on many phrases complained about the bad audio a year or more even before my original reporting.
It's especially frustrating with the audio only exercises and many times slowing down the audio doesn't help. It's enough to learn/memorize a new language but then having to memorize what that particular phrase is REALLY supposed to be gets old.
I have said before I would GLADLY pay a subscription if they would ever address the audio problems.
DL is constrained by what third-party TTS programmes are available. At the time of release, the Russian team listened to all the possible options and considered the current one was the best choice (this actually delayed the release for months).
If someone develops a Russian TTS much better than the current one, it is quite possible that DL will eventually switch to it (this happened in Portuguese, for example), but there is no way of knowing if or when this might happen. TTS in general is very much a developing field (think how much worse they were five or ten years ago), so I'm sure there will be improvements in the longer term.
Is Google Translate not available? Is there no API for it? Pronunciation with it is far FAR better than the garbled crap that you get here. I constantly flip flop with the frustration of the mispronounced phrases and vow to stop using DuoLingo. I honestly don't really learn anything from the audio only except the extent of my patience. Having to memorize what that garbled phrase is trying to say isn't teaching you anything. Until they can "figure out" how to do better TTS then they really need to ALWAYS have the text with the audio (and always have audio with the text).