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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.

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Sponz54
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The NICE thing about this problem (for me, anyway) is seeing how many others are studying Russian. I'm not alone in this! :-)

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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 :)

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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Thank you! You're right, much better! When it works, of course.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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New voices? I haven't heard them yet, but I'm looking forward to hearing better voices than the previous nasal, robotic one.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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Ooh, I just heard both new voices! They're so good!

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/phopkins1
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i wonder, is duolingo developer/contributor shady_arc doing the voice work?

he did the voice on the DuoLingo (foll audio) Russian course Memrise and it is awesome.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Myrrael
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I've only encountered the male voice twice, but to me it does not sound like shady_arc. ....unless he's having one hell of a cold, that is.

Also, agreed. Not too fast, easily understood, and for some reason seriously soothing. He has a really good voice.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Giovanna-Louise
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thank you for the advice,that helps.. because as of yesterday still some audio was silent in the tests..

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/6ciGQj53
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Same for me this morning. Now no problem anymore

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/hongchisheng

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sponz54
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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. :-(

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickCurran1

Type what you hear still not working.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/colin_olson

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Nouri50

I have the same problem

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code
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I've had the same problem these past few days.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/shygirl7
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Also missing Russian audio, yesterday and today.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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."

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/josephgerth

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Julie534166

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Far-quaad
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Same problem here.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LindaNovelli
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I'm having the same problem. I thought it was just me. I hope that it gets fixed soon.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LearnTillDeath

Same here.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lalala13131313

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ifnlahtocrtion1

same for me

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CaroEnrico
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Yeah, it's the same on the Esperanto course.

1 month ago