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Microphone Choice

Hello,

I wanted to know which microphone you are using with duolingo? Any problems to speak of? I'm thinking of getting one.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/cbatt
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Honestly, the microphone on Duolingo does not work and either no matter what you say will be correct or all that you say will be incorrect so I would not bother getting one. I just have mine turned off.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Double100
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Mine works.... sometimes. ;)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GoColts6
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I honestly don't think you will need to get one because it's just for making you practice saying things out loud, you know, speaking the language you're learning, but you'll be just fine if you say all your exercises out loud, even when it's not a microphone exercise. It'll help you with pronuncing the words. Because you might know, sometimes, you say the words or sentence perfectly in your head, but when you say it out loud, it comes out totally weird and you're be like "Whoa!" So yeah, you don't need a microphone, just say your exercises out loud. Hope this helps! :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mynameischelsea

I don't have my microphone turned on...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jimnicholson
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If you mean hardware: the built-in microphone of the device or headphones is good enough, if there is one. Otherwise, you should be able to get a set of headphones with a microphone in the cable fairly cheaply, or you may even have an old set in a drawer somewhere.

When using them, you can cup the microphone with your hand, to block out any other sources of noise.

There is no need to actually go and buy a microphone, as such.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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It doesn't make much difference. I've done DuoLingo lessons with a cheap $10 webcam video's microphone, and with a condenser microphone that costs hundreds of dollars, and it doesn't make much difference.

If I may make a suggestion, though: One thing that does make a big difference is turning the microphone's record levels (some computers may call it "gain") up loud enough for DuoLingo to hear you properly.

As far as how to do that, there isn't a one-size-fits-all direction I can give you, because it's different on different systems. You can Google something like "increase recording levels for microphone on Windows 8.1" or whatever operating system you might be running and find directions there.

2 years ago