Introduction, Greetings sound. Website in-progress.
We've decided to create an extended resource for Kiswahili/Swahili. Our discord server can be found here.(https://discord.gg/3r89c7T)
I've started creating audio for the lessons, for tonight I just have the Introduction section. It has 3 lessons in total, the lessons appear to match across devices and platforms. So it should be in-order or match from top to bottom as I read.
My plan is to create a simple static site that addresses the audio we seem to be lacking in the lessons. For now, here are the samples I've created.
The following links below have samples in MP3/AAC:
Maybe it will help in your lessons.
How does it sound? Would you like to hear more? Maybe see more?
Let me know,
Thanks for reading.
[[[ Update -- Website in progress ]]] -- Oct 30th 2017 As stated earlier, the static simple site is on the way. It's at https://www.kingozi-chronicles.com -- the name was influenced from the original name of Kiswahili. The first two chapters are already included, the site should also conform to many devices. The only glitch I've noticed was with iphone5, where the sound player overlays over it's borders. This is a prototype, treat it as such. Updates will be coming later in the week.
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Just to paraphrase what I posted below:
"It should be noted that after Present Tense 1, the lessons start to drift out of order when different devices are used(that's what I gathered). On my end, I write down the lessons as I go through them, then I pronounce, word by word.
If my words don't match up with your lesson, do not be discouraged, please continue. You still get exposed to most of them in each lesson so you have an idea on how to pronounce them."
Now the audio lessons are up to the 8th chapter. Aiming for 10 chapters before Nov. 23(thanksgiving).
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This is great. To be honest i have stopped doing the swahili until they get some audio sorted. I am starting to feel very irritated that Duolingo has not got their act together - it feels quite wrong, almost disrespectful, to allow a course to float about with no audio for such a long period of time.
From my cursory research, it's seems the course has been completely abandoned by the contributors. In other words, there will be no development on the course until new contributors come on board...
As of 13 November, the Incubator page for Swahili lists no contributors and contains a request for competent people to apply to take up the task. Such is life when there are no volunteers on a freemium platform that relies on volunteers.
Thanks for the update. I agree with DesC7, it is sad. I'll continue with the course (it's taking a backseat right now) and hope that someone else volunteers.
Greetings - Lesson 1-4 Audio Samples.
For this lesson I've decided to just include the MP3 only. To save on bandwidth and space. There will be a pause while I build that static site mentioned above.
Here are the links:
https://wideopenbokeh.com/duo/Greetings_Lesson1.mp3 https://wideopenbokeh.com/duo/Greetings_Lesson2.mp3 https://wideopenbokeh.com/duo/Greetings_Lesson3.mp3 https://wideopenbokeh.com/duo/Greetings_Lesson4.mp3
Have a good day.
Thanks for your thoughtful contribution. If you are a native swahili speaker, maybe you would be able to become a contributer on duolingo. It seems this course might need some more help.
We have natives in our group, this is what one of them said just this morning.
"Yo, @Dying_Star I wanted to reply to your post on Duolingo and to the comment of the other person but I can't participate yet 'cause "I need to reach level two first" so tell her that I'm native and I've applied to be a contributor. Just waiting for their answer."
Like I said earlier, plans are in the works.
I hope your friend gets accepted. Are they Kenyan or Tanzanian? Not that it matters too much at this point, as long as they course ends up making sense in one dialect or the other.
All 10 chapters are recorded and ready for listening. These are just samples made at home, so treat them as such. The site is just a simple, modular prototype. It should conform to most devices.
Here is the other thread: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25231215
You can do all this work yourself, and it takes them months and months? Thank you anyway
Perhaps something happened causing the delay, I don't know. I'm moving forward with the sound up to lesson 10 which is 'Present 2'. If most like it then I'll continue producing more. You're welcome.
It should be noted that after Present Tense 1, the lessons start to drift out of order when different devices are used(that's what I gathered). On my end, I write down the lessons as I go through them, then I pronounce, word by word.
If my words don't match up with your lesson, do not be discouraged, please continue. You still get exposed to most of them in each lesson so you have an idea on how to pronounce them.
Kwa hivyo asateni!
Thank you so much ! I've been waiting so long for someone to make audio samples ! Please continue !
Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time to do this. Now I can start teaching my children. We tried to sit down and do some early lessons. Doing it without the sound seemed wrong.