https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--Charlotte--

A neat little trick for iPhone users!

Greetings fellow linguaphiles!

You guys, being a girl is really hard sometimes! Like when you like your long nails, but you also want to Duolingo, so you have to type really carefully so it doesn't get marked as wrong. #firstworldproblems

Anyway, because of this I discovered a neat little trick, that also improves your speech! I know that Duolingo has speech exercises, but for some reason they don't work very well for me, so this is a great solution.

So first, you'll want to go to your iPhone settings.

My background is a TARDIS, because my phone is bigger on the inside, obviously.

Go to your general settings:

Go to your keyboard settings:

You can see your installed keyboards here, so click it:

As you can see, I have an English and a Swedish keyboard installed, because I'm learning Swedish. Click add new keyboard and select the keyboard that matches the language you're learning. So if you're learning Danish, select the Danish keyboard. If you're learning French, select the French keyboard etc.

Now for the fun part! Fire up your Duolingo app and start learning. I have already finished my tree, so I will be practicing my weak skills.

Now the fun thing about Duolingo (or the iPhone, but let's just pretend this is an awesome Duolingo feature) is that it automatically knows what the input language is. So because it wants me to type in Swedish, it automatically gives me my super awesome Swedish keyboard. But wait, there's more! The speech input language is now also Swedish. Which means that if I press this button...:

...I also get to practice my speech! So clear your throat:

This helps you with your pronunciation, since it will give you some weird stuff if you don't pronounce things clearly. If it doesn't register what you mean to say, you can delete the sentence and try again.

And tadaa! You are now practicing your speech even though Duolingo is not giving you speech exercises. And if you do it right:

The great thing about this is, is that you can choose what you want to practice. You can decide to type the sentence, or you can say it. If you don't know exactly how to write a certain word, but you know how it's pronounced, you can say it and see the word popping up.

And, if you're like me, you can also do it for your English sentences, because you're lazy, or your nails are too long.

Let me know how this works out for you guys!

September 18, 2015

23 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

Even though this trick has been known to most of the intermediate and advanced iPhone users I just love your presentation and clear instructions. Excellent job! With this even 2 day old noob iPhone users can set up duo for hands free (almost) operation. :)

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--Charlotte--

I hardly ever use speech input. I seriously can't imagine myself sitting on the train, wondering how to make Swedish meatballs and asking Siri: GOOGLE SWEDISH MEATBALLS. NO MEATBALLS. MEAT. BALLS. SWEDISH ONES. RECIPE. By the time she understands what the hell I'm talking about, I could have Googled it four times already.

I have been an iPhone user since the 3S but I almost never talk to my phone. If my phone could talk to me however, it would probably tell me to get a life.

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

Haha I feel you. I love my iPhone way more than anyone should ever love an inanimate object :)

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--Charlotte--

"You're an inanimate f'ing object!"

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

Ouch! Looks like he lost his 257 day streak haha

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/--Charlotte--

Haha, it's from In Bruges, one of the funniest movies ever. Whenever I hear the term 'inanimate object', I immediately think of Ralph Fiennes destroying his phone.

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

Aah, I Knew I've seen this somewhere lol

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CHarrell13

Upvoted for In Bruges reference

September 18, 2015

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

I'm a long-time iPhone user and never thought about putting these features together for use with Duolingo. What an excellent tip. Thank you very much!

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/t0panka

Same here! Really good idea! Thanks --Charlotte--

September 19, 2015

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

Even though I don't care about my finger nails that much, it is a great tip (;

HAHAHAHA

Thanks for sharing!

September 18, 2015

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

Wow, what a neat idea and trick! For all the android users out there, I was able to set this up on my phone (Droid Razr HD) as well, using the same approach.

Much thanks, have a lingot!

September 18, 2015

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

Thx for the nice tip and I really like your sense of humor --->>> #firstworldproblems :D

September 19, 2015

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

I wanted to mention that you can also hold your finger down over the letter and the accents will pop up. I'm sure a lot of people know about it, but I wanted to include that option in case anyone did not.

September 19, 2015

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

My nails are always so long so I have to be so careful this is such a great tip. I just got Duolingo and I had to use my phone but there wasn't a way for me to so thank you so much.

March 19, 2019

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

I use SwiftKey keyboard on my android phone and can do the same thing.

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/painai2

Thanks,what an excellent tip. Now I will get the correct grammatical markings that I couldn't get before. I'm learning 5 different languages in Duo Lingo and the keyboards work great for each different language.

September 18, 2015

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

I have both English and Spanish keyboards installed with SwiftKey. I can switch easily between keyboards even within the same sentence and get those accent marks.

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jaidih8

Thanks for the help! My finger nails are completely short now because it's too difficult and stressful trying to write here! Ha ha!

September 18, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elorac72

I have an android phone, and switch keyboards when I switch languages. Never thought to try using speech input in a non-English language. Nice tip.

What I love, though, is that the keyboard text predictions also change language, which makes typing on a bus or train so much easier and faster (and also really helps when I -can't quite remember- how to spell something...

Shame there doesn't seem to be a predictive text work list for Esperanto, though.

September 19, 2015

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

Great tip! Thanks! !Gran consejo, gracias!

September 19, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0R0USH

I posted something similar for Turkish android users when speaking exercises weren't implemented... but any phone with a Speech to text input for a supported language can be used to follow this method :)

September 20, 2015

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

This is fantastic! Thank you!! Allons-y! :D

September 20, 2015
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