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

Some Irish sentences have missing audio (access denied)

I've been learning Irish with DuoLingo for months with the iOS app, but there has always been the problem of missing audio from some of the Irish sentences, even though the little speaker button is there to play the audio.

I've done a network packet capture, and it would appear that for the ones that don't work, when the audio data is being requested from the server an 'access denied' response is being returned.

For example http://static.duolingo.com/tts/ga/sentence/7ee62a40f3a4e11cedd331b63ed06149 (Tá an hata agam) returns 'access denied', whereas this sentence works fine: http://static.duolingo.com/tts/ga/sentence/e7142f2c8e18457cbe59de490f189163.

Looks like something needs fixing with the app/course/backend rather than an issue with my iPad. It would be nice if it could be sorted.

August 11, 2018

10 Comments


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

The Tá an hata agam exercise is one of the large majority in the Irish from English course for which no recording exists.

August 11, 2018

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

If that is indeed the case, then the bug is that the speaker button is being displayed when no audio exists. Most of the sentences without audio do not display the speaker button. If the speaker button is there, I expect to hear something when I press it.

August 11, 2018

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

Yes, that bug has been the case for some time now — e.g. see this discussion. Until Duolingo management chooses to prioritize resolving this bug, your speaker button expectations won’t align with the course’s speaker button reality.

August 11, 2018

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

Thanks for the link, scilling.

August 11, 2018

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

However, this means that not all sentences have audio.

August 11, 2018

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

Yes, I am aware of this, thanks. My understanding is that if there is a speaker button next to the sentence, I should be able to press that button to hear the sentence. When there is no speaker button, I do not expect to be able to hear the audio. The issue I am highlighting is that there are sentences with a 'speaker' button where no audio is played automatically, and no audio is played when I press the button. This must surely be a bug rather than by design.

It is in this specific case that I am seeing 'access denied' at the server end.

August 11, 2018

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

Yes I have done so. Thanks pentaan.

August 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/W-Ruggles-Wolfe

@trotro

Could this thread be linked to the one below?

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28238582

August 12, 2018

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

The common theme seems to be that the the user interface presents links to non-existent audio data. It would be really nice if they could tidy this up.

August 16, 2018
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