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Is Duolingo listening necessary?

cbatt
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A few months ago, after I had some frustrations with the listening and speaking activities, I turned the sound and voice recognition off and have been continuing to learn more French skills. I know that hearing the language spoken is a very important part of learning the language but does the Duolingo sound system, with all of its bugs and drawbacks, really help with language learning and voice recognition? In other words, should I turn the sound back on?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/akshan
akshan
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with French I would use other sources of hearing as well - videos, music clips, news etc. And yep, better turn DL audio on)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cdhenry
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I would turn the sound back on. It might not seem like it helps, but I think it does. I find myself able to catch more words when listening to radio or watching shows now than when I was just learning vocabulary. It still gets frustrating when I am doing the speaking activities and it doesn't recognize a word I said, but I take it that I said the word wrong and try to pronounce it another way next time. Hope this helps.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cbatt
cbatt
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I suppose that even the Duo sound would help with word recognition.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sibhreach

I agree with the others - keep the audio on (microphone can remain off!) because as buggy and incorrect (or at least, not as clear as it could be) audio, having the recognition does help you in the long run.

Definitely look at other websites and listen to radio, and podcasts, and anything else you can get your hands on to help, though! Every opportunity, use the audio! :)

It's taken me several months of intense listening on the DL audio to distinguish certain words (and I fear I'm learning some sort of weird accent because of it) but it has helped overall since I'm still able to recognise words just on audio, alone.

Bonne chance!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tu.8zPhLD72zzoZN
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I would turn the sound on, but perhaps not the microphone if you were having trouble with it.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/katerinakelpie

I was surprised when I had to speak for the first time, but then I thought that it is very fun and I find it really helpful to speak the language, because it might sound right in your head but what if it doesn't come out so right when you speak it out loud? :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/A_User
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I personally have the microphone off, because for some reason Duo never admits that I said anything. But if it works for you, sure, go ahead and turn it on.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cbatt
cbatt
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I turned off the microphone but turned on the speakers. I'll have to find some sort of voice recognition supplement.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/HomergingPerisee

Post this in troubleshooting. I have this same bug, but it still works.

2 years ago