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

Problems with audio in Russian course

Starting from today I've noticed that you can't always hear the russian robot speech even if you press the "speaker icon". If you hover the mouse over a single word, in some cases you hear that word spelled out with a new voice. I wonder if the audio files for this course are being edited/updated and thus causing the problem.

I tried with three different computers and several browsers, same problem with all of them. Seemed to work fine yesterday and before that.

Tip: Go to your profile settings and set "Speaker: off", then save the settings. After that you shouldn't get any exercises which would require hearing audio.

August 23, 2018

32 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sponz54

The NICE thing about this problem (for me, anyway) is seeing how many others are studying Russian. I'm not alone in this! :-)

August 23, 2018

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

I am experiencing the same issues with my russian course. Tried it on two different PCs but both with Mozilla Firefox. For some listening-excercices I don't get any audio. :(

August 23, 2018

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

In addition to the new male voice, there occasionally seems to be a new female voice also which is clearer than the old one. Most of the time the audio still doesn't work but looks like the mods are slowly getting there :)

August 24, 2018

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

Thank you! You're right, much better! When it works, of course.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

New voices? I haven't heard them yet, but I'm looking forward to hearing better voices than the previous nasal, robotic one.

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

Ooh, I just heard both new voices! They're so good!

August 24, 2018

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

The troubleshooting forum has had this come up as well and someone stated Duolingo is adding a male voice to the audio and it could take a couple of days to get back to normal.

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28569335

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcJohnso337915

I still am sometimes having problems with hearing recordings, but have gotten a few male recordings so far. It sounds like a real voice recording, which is great! Hopefully, it does all work soon.

August 25, 2018

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

Tip: Go to your profile settings and set "Speaker: off" and maybe also "sound effects: off", then save the settings. After that you shouldn't get any exercises which would require hearing audio. Just did three lessons and worked for me.

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

thank you for the advice,that helps.. because as of yesterday still some audio was silent in the tests..

August 26, 2018

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

Same for me this morning. Now no problem anymore

August 23, 2018

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

Anybody from Duolingo have an official timeline on when this will be fixed? Missing my audio too :(

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/C-Thorium-G

I don't know but soon I hope. I'm having the same problem. I can hear on the app but the app isn't as good.

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shygirl7

Duolingo support says -- "This is a bug that we're currently tackling. We hope to have a fix very soon. In the meantime, I suggest disabling Listening exercises in the app until we have this bug sorted out."

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sponz54

I am experiencing the same problem. I can hear some sounds, but if I click on a sound icon (to hear a sentence read, for instance), nothing happens. :-(

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PatrickCurran1

Type what you hear still not working.

August 23, 2018

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

Glad it’s not just me. I thought maybe updating the app caused the problem but it appears to be happening everywhere.

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/F_582087

I'm glad I just took a break from Duolingo and focusing only on Vocabulary with Tinycards and Memrise.

Must be frustrating trying to do exercises that do not work.

Hopefully, by the time I finish reviewing my vocabulary,​ the issue will be sorted.

August 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nouri50

I have the same problem

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

I've had the same problem these past few days.

August 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/shygirl7

Also missing Russian audio, yesterday and today.

August 23, 2018

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

Me too or maybe twenty-two. Some words work but usually the new word being introduced does not. I've found hover over is intermittent. The speaker icons don't work at all nor does, "Type what you hear."

August 23, 2018

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

Same here. Would love to hear an update on this!

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Julie534166

Да. I am having this same problem. Hope it gets fixed soon.

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Far-quaad

Same problem here.

August 24, 2018

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

I'm having the same problem. I thought it was just me. I hope that it gets fixed soon.

August 24, 2018

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

Same here.

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lalala13131313

The "type what you hear" exercises are totally defunct.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cerez00

I've noticed for a while when you click the discussion tab you can't listen to the speaker. I sent a ticket but I never got a reply.

August 25, 2018

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

I had a similar problem with missing audio for exercises (resulting in loss of hearts). Some of these sentences, it seems, have new audio of real human pronunciation. I kinda like it better!

August 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ifnlahtocrtion1

same for me

August 25, 2018

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

Yeah, it's the same on the Esperanto course.

August 26, 2018
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