When will sound come to Swahili?
Hi, I’ve been on Swahili on and off since it first came out still in beta. It’s been quite a while but there was still no audio aspect to this course. When will this be expected?
I tracked down the contributor Emilian Mbassa who said that they completed the audio recordings more than a year ago. When asked who I should talk to about progress since there are literally hundreds of posts & comments asking for an update in the forum - he pointed me to @Myra - https://www.duolingo.com/myra
I've sent her 2 emails and a note on LinkedIn... so far to no response. Disappointing to say the least!
A robot voice would be better than nothing and they have been able to add new voices to other languages. It now seems to me that they just do not consider it important. They could at least give some explanation rather than leaving enthusiastic posts and comments about sound coming followed by complete silence.
Because they promised sound in a couple of weeks years ago and then never added it. Every week there is at least one or two posts asking about it. Anyone who knows anything has ignored every single one. Admitting that they no longer plan to add sound would just result in downvotes and complaints but it seems to me that that is the case.
I have been holding off on giving Swahili a more serious go because I feel my time is better spent on languages that have audio. Incomprehensible to me that audio has been sitting unused for so long. Hoping some upvoted comments from users will grab their attention...
Not having audio as part of the Swahili course is disappointing and frustrating. Duolingo was perfect for brushing up on my Spanish and I loved the training method. However, without audio feedback I cannot learn an unfamiliar language like Swahili. A year from now I am going on a month-long trip to Tanzania and I want to speak basic passible Swahili while I'm there. Everywhere I travel around the world I find that people appreciate you speaking (or attempting to speak) to them in their native language. Because I can't/won't wait for Duolingo to fix this long-standing problem, I found another Android app for learning Swahili that does have audio. It is called, simply enough ""Learn Swahili" You might check this out when you can.