Today is a good day to hear Klingon!
The process of adding audio to the Duolingo Klingon course has begun! There are still bugs in the system and it is going to take us a long time to get audio added to many of the sentences. Please don't report or complain in the discussions about bugs or missing audio for a while. Give us a chance to work on it. We do encourage you to go back to the early Skills and see if you can get some sentences with audio to check it out!
bIval. jIsupbe' 'ej jIQupbe'. Qapla'!
(placeholder for more meaningful statement when I get back to learning more tlhIngan)
A few users have run into a bug. The software is not supposed to give you listening exercises for sentences that don't have audio added yet. However, students are encountering sentences that ask you to type (or select tiles for) what you hear, but then no audio is available. If that happens to you, please go to the sentence discussion (get it wrong and then click the speech bubble) and tell us about it. Thanks.
I will do that. However, so far audio works for me on the web version, but not on the android version. Is this a known problem? Does it happen to other people?
Yes. It looks like the problem I talk about above is actually a problem that the Android app is having dealing with the audio. Everything seems to be working well on iOS and Web, but most, if not all, Android app users can't hear any of the audio, but get audio based exercises even on sentences don't have audio yet.
Thanks for the update. Audio on all my other languages works on my Android Phone. Only the Klingon isn't working (FYI - just in case you're not aware)
Up to now, contributors have not been able to add their own audio to courses. They have recently given that capability to Hawaiian, Swahili, and Klingon, all of which have the problem on the Android app. Hopefully they will have the problem fixed soon and all three of those languages (plus future additions) will no longer have the problems on Android. In the meantime, if you want to hear some audio, try the first few Skills using Web access.
great! I just noticed a listen and type exercise (no audio, not complaining) and was wondering if audio was coming. congratulations! I am going to check old lessons now!!
Awesome. Now record sentences at a normal speaking rate, please. Compare with other courses with audio, and compare with Okrand's own recordings. Not fast like you're a native, but not super slow, either.
Other courses often give you the option to also play a slower version, but I don't think we're going to get that option. So I figured I would go nice and slow and clear, especially in the early lessons. In the Hawaiian course I think one of the speakers is too fast and I appreciate the slower speakers a lot more. But maybe I'll speed up as I go along to challenge the users more as they progress.
So far, the only courses with options for slow speech are the ones that use a TTS. I really like the idea of the speed increasing as the course progresses, for what it's worth.
I also am aware that people are going to be asked to type out what I've said, with no context, tough in any language.
I tend to think that Klingon is spoken naturally slower than English. There are Klingon speakers who rattle off Klingon without the slightest gap between words, let alone coming up for air. It sounds very odd to me. I think Klingon speech should be more... I can't think of the word... st-something... precise and cut-off rather than flowing.
If spoken crisply and pronounced at normal speed, not quick English-conversation speed, listeners should have the least trouble. Think of Kruge's speech in Star Trek III or Okrand's speech in the language tapes. Not run together but not so laboriously slow that you can't get a real feel for how the language sounds. A course listener can replay sentences as often as they like.
Staccato, yes. jIQochbe'. Continue to hold us to account.
There's one episode of Discovery where the director didn't like the staccato sound of Klingon and tried to get the actors to pronounce it without the glottal stops. The director thought it should sound more flowing, like French or Italian. Fortunately the actors and the vocal coach all had my back.