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Is there any way to disable the "type what you hear" questions?

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My hearing isn't the best. I know I do need to develop the ability to hear the difference between particular words, but it's easier for someone like me to get by in real life where I rely on a combination of my hearing, context and lip-reading to keep track of what is going on. Some days it just gets insanely frustrating on Duolingo when it takes forever to finish a lesson not because I don't know the words, or grammar, or sentence structure, just because I keep struggling to hear. It's made me move almost exclusively to Memrise. My hearing isn't bad enough to require hearing aids (per my audiologist) but it's definitely bad enough to struggle without other cues. I particularly struggle to hear the difference between verb tenses, which are pretty close sounding in Esperanto. It's so much easier when there is some context.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/brittanykozura

Yes, go to your settings and turn off the listening question settings, denoted by 'speaker'

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2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eibhinn
eibhinn
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Thanks. Unfortunately, this seems to turn all sound, including sound effects, off, which I was hoping to avoid (I find the little dings motivating!).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittanykozura

This is the only option for turning them off.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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In the settings menu (which you reach when hovering over your username at the top of the page) you can turn the options "Speaker" and "Voice autoplay" to "off" and then won't get those questions any more.
I fear the downside is that you won't get any sound output in the language you are learning.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eibhinn
eibhinn
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Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, turning "Speaker" off eliminates all sound altogether, and I can't figure out what turning "Voice autoplay" off actually does, because I still get type-what-you-hear questions when it is off. So it looks like the answer to my question is "no, not unless you want to turn a whole lot of other things off, too." Probably the best route is to use sound-cancelling headphones and, on days when I get so frustrated I want to give up, to turn the sound off entirely to avoid the questions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/brittanykozura

Voice autoplay will play the voice once the question is loaded, rather than wait for you to press "play". So if speaker is off, this is irrelevant.

No, you cannot turn off just the listening questions without the other sounds. But dings/chimes are rather unimportant in the big picture.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eibhinn
eibhinn
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While I do find the chimes motivating, I'm also looking for the opportunity to continue hearing the language on other questions, just not having my performance in lessons rely so much on my physical (auditory) versus linguistic abilities.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tattamin
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Yeah, that was my concern. Even if you do not hear it perfectly, it still helps to hear it at all. I hope that the way you suggested above of how to deal with this will work out for you. Good luck!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FiddlingFox

Here is another great site for learning languages that is fun and does not require a lot of hearing,http://www.tresbienfrench.com/en

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StvckzMusic

lol you tryna pull mandem away from Duolingo

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

I have hearing problems too. I do not have hearing aides ,but have been told I need them. I mostly get by ok in real life too. Some people I understand fine, others I have to keep asking to repeat. Rally have problems in group situations though. I sometimes have the sound turned on for the lesson sometimes not. When I first started it was really stressing me out.
I also do Fluencia (for spanish) , it has way more listening than I would like and I can not find a way to turn it off there.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/writchie4
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I also do Fluencia (for spanish) , it has way more listening than I would like and I can not find a way to turn it off there.

A little off-topic for this thread, but I'm curious what you think of Fluencia. I saw a couple posts about it when it was first released and I was intrigued (being a fan of SpanishDict), but I was turned off by their refusal to mention their price on their site. Stuff like that just feels so sketchy to me.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Fay306893

I like it. It is of course different from DUOLINGO. I try to do some of both every day. It has a little more explanation that DOULINGO has . But I am starting to worry I will not finish all the lessons in the year subscription that I paid for. They do not have their own forum, you can either use the spanishdict forum or e-mail them questions.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LegatonMik
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You can disable it from the settings (the third radio button option, if I'm not mistaken) ^^ I have similar problems, although it varies a lot depending on how tired I am etc. (that is, I have hearing problems, but if I'm tired it's just too much of a pain in the derrière to parse any speech where I can't also do a bit of lipreading XD)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/eibhinn
eibhinn
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I thought turning Voice Autoplay might turn those questions off, but it doesn't. I'm not sure what that did, actually: I couldn't tell any difference.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/feeshes

Voice autoplay is when a reader reads a written translation first for you to hear it. It has nothing to do with the "Type what you hear" questions. That would be turning off the "Speaker" setting. Whoops, it does turn off all sound effects (never did duolingo with sound on) :P

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Xx_FoxGames_xX

whoah you guy are so smart and im so dumb

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/braycar1206

ditto

2 weeks ago