https://www.duolingo.com/mousebird

Improving listening

I'm really enjoying learning Russian on here, and am finding writing and reading fairly doable. (Speaking, not so much - when I tried it, my laptop would never register the last word. I may have to buy a microphone.)

However, I really struggle with the listening - the fast robot voice makes it difficult to distinguish words. Although short sentences are OK, I have started to give up a bit with longer sentences because no matter how many times I replay the sentence, I can't distinguish a single word - let alone understand the gist of the sentence. Even if this is the speed at which native speakers talk, if I truly didn't understand a native speaker I could just ask them to slow up - but that's not an option on here.

Has anyone else found this? How can I improve?

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/jamesjam1

after all if you don't understand something out loud you can slow it up having clicked on turtle that is below the sentence or word that you try listening to

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mousebird

D'oh! I'd seen the tortoise but not really thought about what it was there for... all makes perfect sense now. спасибо :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/geneven
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Yes, the slow mode I'm sure has saved some of our lives. At least our game lives!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanisaChatte
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For speaking exercises, you should try speaking slower, so the system registers all the words. The speech recognition isn't that bad, I tried it myself. Using the turtle mode should help you distinguish between words in audio exercises. Though, sometimes the audio isn't that great, so you might want to use Forvo to hear native speakers' pronunciations of separate words. And to improve your listening in general, immerse yourself in Russian whenever you can! You can start by listening to Russian music/radio stations and even though you won't understand much (maybe even nothing at first), you'll start to get more used to hearing Russian.

Hope this helps and good luck with learning Russian!! :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/212498873

This all is just like me in english. Don`t give up :D It is our yesterday's news with its text. Try it. Marry Christmas! http://www.1tv.ru/news/social/298917

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jamesjam1

It would be rather: "this all is just like me in english" and "it is our yesterday's news" I'm so sorry for my interfering

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/212498873

Спасибо за помощь! Your interfering is perfect.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marc__B
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I don't find the turtle mode in all the exercises. The default speed is way too fast for non native speakers. For me it's also very hard to understand the sentences and seperate the words. Especially when trying to read in cyrillic at the same time. Please russian team, help us to learn faster by making the spoken language slower. Thank you!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JanisaChatte
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The turtle mode is only there in "Type what you hear" exercises. In other exercises, where you can see the Russian sentence, you can hover over each word to hear its pronunciation and also see the translation for it.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/marc__B
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I'd like to avoid hovering over the words in translation exercises. It shows the result so it disables me from translating it myself. If the voice was slower it would be easier to understand and to memorize the words. When you start learning russian you are not very familiar with the russian alphabet so any audible support for the new and strange visual is very helpful.

3 years ago
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