New Hope for Audio?
It seems that audio has just been added for the Swahili course. From what I can tell from the various posts in the Swahili forum, they are using recordings rather than TTS (recorded by Emilian Mbassa (https://www.duolingo.com/Emilianmbassa). The recordings were made a while back but just now added by Duolingo.
Given this very welcome development, this may be an opportune time for the Duolingo Klingon team to renew discussions with Duolingo about adding audio to the Klingon course (which, I might note, has more active learners at this time than Swahili, https://www.duolingo.com/courses).
Plans are in place. We have not discussed them publicly until now because the schedule has been very up in the air. There is still no date set, but it may happen sooner rather than later. Duolingo has been working on adding audio capability to all the courses that don't have it. Klingon is a low priority and they are moving slowly as they work all the kinks out of the system, but theoretically, they will get to us eventually. If everything works as planned, the recordings will appear in the course immediately when we record them, but it will take us a while to go through the whole course recording all the sentences. There is definitely hope on the horizon, but don't expect a lot of audio any time soon.
Wonderful news! Do we know who the voice models will be? Perhaps there will be a male and female like the Hebrew course?
I hope whoever it is isn't trying to sound like an angry Klingon. That's an extremely common thing to do, and it hurts pronunciation. If it's not Okrand himself, whoever does it should listen to Okrand's voice recordings and follow his style — that is, just use one's normal voice without growling or deepening.
Eh! Between the language that is presented on screen, and the difficulty in pronouncing the Q and gh sounds, I suppose most beginner sound angry. I know I did... well, five months ago now. But as the sound start to come more natural, the pronunciation relaxes a bit as well. Also, videos like the short on ta' puq mach are good to show the language does not requires as much spitting and huffing as one may presume!
Does audio mean new exercises of the type "transcribe what you hear" will be added?
That would be really good to practice some listening.