It's not asking me to speak. I don't know why. The microphone is on

It's not asking me to speak. I don't know why. The microphone is on

December 24, 2013


I figured it out. It will ask me to speak and use microphone only through the app, but not when I'm using the website when I'm accessing through safari. I don't know why that happens, but at least I can do the speaking exercises.

December 27, 2013

Hello Wendy. Thank you!! I think you have the answer I've been looking for everywhere.

My wife and I have just started Italian and she has been getting Qs asking her to speak right from the start but I never have. It seems from your solution that the significant difference is that she is working through the app on her iPad while I've been using the website on my pc. I wonder why Duolingo hasn't alerted us to that?

I see this post was 3 years ago so not sure if you're still there. However, I have happily given you a lingot - and would give you a hug if I could.

April 9, 2017

me too - thru website in Firefox Ubuntu desktop

March 6, 2019

I'm having this problem. My mic works in other apps, and the settings are all turned on. Duolingo is only asking me to type, not speak.

November 25, 2014

it used to have a settings options but it looks like they have taken it down. maybe that will be put behind a pay wall later?

September 28, 2017

This is a browser dependent issue. If you use Chrome, it works fine.

September 28, 2017

i'm using chrome but it doesn't work for me either. i just got a new mic and i want to test it out on duolingo

October 17, 2017

If you have a new mic you should set it up and test that it works before trying it with Duolingo.

October 17, 2017

that what i thought from the get go. google stinks. My haunch it is Page who stinks not Brin. Any way monopoly will be converted to open source eventually.

March 6, 2019

Yes, edgiovine, this is right. I started using firefox and it stopped asking me to pronounce things. Darn it. I went to firefox because of bugs in chrome!

September 16, 2019

Please return us the microphone actions!

July 20, 2017

Similar problem here. I don't even see the microphone option in the settings. If I'm not mistaken, it used to be there when I started with Duolingo. I'm using Firefox.

September 21, 2017

Switch to Chrome - this feature works there.

September 21, 2017

Well, I've used Firefox for years and I don't like Chrome much, but I'll have to use it until the bug is fixed.

September 21, 2017

i use chrome (because I like it!) but this does not solve my problem on my desktop! As for the setting it could be better. I just sometimes don't want the audio questions, I'm hard of hearing and just can't catch some very common words At least the mobile version does not give you a hard time with it and goes to next question.

But i like the sound being on and it does not seem that you can skip the audio question without speaker on and micro off i don't get it. Actually the mobile version is quite good as you can use predictive mode and save you typing awkward words (like strawberies) I wish mine had spanish too. but I've got english and french that's ok

September 22, 2017

will this ever be fixed? I"m also a Chrome fan.

December 24, 2018

I have the same problem

November 7, 2016

I tested today and speaking exercises do not currently work with Firefox or Edge but they are fine if you use Chrome.

June 18, 2017

They did work in Edge until the recent upgrade, but now I can keep practicing in Chrome, thanks!

June 18, 2017

I've had the same experience with the speaking exercises only working on Chrome.

June 30, 2017

I am running Chrome and the speaking exercises do not work, although the microphone as an option shows. In firefox that option is disabled.

January 20, 2019

The problem is also with the app itself. It's not just in the browser, don't have any speaking excercises in Norwegian and EVERY POSSIBLE OPTION IS TURNED ON :<

July 1, 2017

I didn't even know Norwegian had speaking until i got on the PC and it prompted me, never had it ask me on the app...not sure how to fix?

September 27, 2017

I had the Google app disabled on my phone and after re-enabling it I was able to have speech exercises.

February 7, 2019
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On Mac OS 10.9.5, only Chrome has speech exercises, not Firefox nor Safari (both the current updates as of 2017_07_05)

July 6, 2017

I don't really care about the PC. I use only the android app.

July 11, 2017

Same problem. Until a few weeks ago, Duo was asking me to speak in German. Now it is not. I haven't changed anything. It worked, then it didn't, for no apparent reason. My microphone is ON. Any ideas please?

July 11, 2017

According to various comments on this thread, Duolingo speaking exercises are only currently available if you use the Chrome browser. They no longer work in Firefox, Edge, or Safari for now.

July 11, 2017

im on chrome and it isnt working

October 17, 2017

Same here. It works only in Chrome for me (59.0). But not in Firefox (52.2-ESR) nor Safari (9.1) nor IE (11). In iOS app it works also though.

July 22, 2017

Also the app doesn't have any settings. And its not working on safari in my phone with the settings set to mic on

September 23, 2017

i am having this issue as well. i think i may have told it that i don't want to use the microphone, but that was temporary, and i don't know how to get it back now...

December 26, 2013

You can turn the speaking exercises back on by going to your settings (top right corner of the screen).

December 26, 2013

Im not seeing the option :S My mic is on

March 6, 2016

Hi Luis how are you? I have speaking exercises on and it still doesnt bring up any speaking exercised. My phones mic is turned on.

November 7, 2016

Hey, I have tried that but I still don't even get the way to pronounce a word, I think my settings are not working. Any helpful hints or tips on how to make it work?

May 2, 2017

I'm having the same problem here

May 22, 2017

This is not the issue because in settings microphone is turned on. I find that the exercises work on chrome just not safari. the problem just started around a month ago.

June 26, 2017

I agree. I have been using Duo almost daily for about a year and a half and I have just begun to encounter the same problem about one month ago. It isn't asking me to speak anymore no matter what I do. I'm using Safari. I've checked the settings multiple times and the mic is always on. I've logged in and out, etc. Nothing works.

July 25, 2017

try a different browser. hope that helps:)

July 26, 2017

I'm having the same problem on android, but also on ipad and imac. Particularly as a paying subscriber, I find it very disappointing that Duolingo hasn't even acknowledged that it has a problem, let alone fixed it. The exercises work fine on my office PC computer, but the office is far too busy and noisy for oral language lessons. I've tried opening duolingo in other browsers (Chrome and Firefox), but this does not fix the problem on android phone, ipad or imac.

October 13, 2017

Thanks :) i must have skipped it somehow...

December 26, 2013

I am learning Dutch, my wife is learning Polish . For some reason we are not asked to speak either languages ? Everything is on at the computer and working. Can you please sort this out. Thank you. Frank.

May 16, 2017

Although the speaking excercises are on, my mic and everything are working, speaking excercises still not appear. Did it become a paid feature? How can I fix this?

June 5, 2017

I'm having the same problem. I use Duolingo in Safari, and it was never a problem before. My mic is on, I have checked the settings, and I have logged out and in several times. This is quite frustrating.

June 12, 2017

Can also confirm safari version not working, moved to Chrome and started getting speaking challenges again. Will continue to send reports to Duo.

June 19, 2017

dido, I thought I was the only one.

June 26, 2017

Hey ronkisimo! I see you have a 882 day streak. I am new to duolingo and I was wondering is it hard to be on the site every day? Is it worth it for lingots? Do you feel like a slave/addict? Thanks in advance! :D

November 1, 2017

Duolingo mic on-off setting does not even appear for me in Safari although I told Safari to allow Duolingo to use mic (macOS 10.13.2). In Chrome the mic on-off setting is present and works fine so I'll just use Chrome for Duolingo.

January 13, 2018

Yesterday I noticed a slight change in the design of the web interface of Duolingo and it works better now, but now it's not asking me to speak. I checked the settings several times and everything is as it should be. I am using Firefox.

June 14, 2017

Same here. It works in Chrome-59.0 for me though. But not in Firefox-52.2-ESR or Safari-9.1. or IE-11.

July 22, 2017

I think I have a very similar scenario, where it works with Chromium (unbranded Chrome) but not on Firefox. I run Linux here.

August 5, 2017

Actually I don't find speaking such a great value at my learning stage. So I'm quite happy to turn the mic off on my pc to eliminate these oral exercises and can do the others much faster on a normal (English US) key board. (I'm glad I'm not stopped for the lack of accents or punctuation; I want to go fast and get plenty of sentences and vocabulary to build up my knowledge in Spanish.

But my phone and my W10 laptop do microphone well with Chrome. So I gave up trying on W7 desktop. I occasionally use W10, else use the phone which has only a few microphone demands for which I have no problem or very occasionally I have to repeat but it has even accepted some of my answers that I knew were way out!

August 6, 2017

Firefox 54 same problem. Mic is on in setting. Exercises never ask me to speak ( speech recognition) Been like this for a few weeks - 27th June 2017

June 27, 2017

Yes indeed, no matter what I do I no longer have speech exercises in Firefox. It works okay using the app, but the browser version is my preferred lesson plan (it's a little more difficult). Hope Duolingo sort this out -- it used to work just fine!

July 1, 2017

once more, it would be nice if the posts were in chrono order...lot of wasteful reading with 3y old posts, never mind My problem is more with microphone and would like to stop the speech questions on my pc, saw it somewhere but can't find it anymore. Did once turned something off but kept getting them. However have it working well on my laptop and my phone...Strange

August 4, 2017

I'm having this problem on my iPhone and Firefox and edge. I don't want to have to install another browser just to use I've website! That's ridiculous. Why is there no solution for this yet? ??

September 23, 2017

It's nice to see that after 4 years of this thread duolingo still feel that it is unnecessary to sort this out, fantastic customer service well done guys..........

October 17, 2017

yeah! my parents are learning english and spanish, I'm learning Danish. They get speech exercises and I don't but I really wanna have that.

I don't even have a microphone-option in my settings?!?

October 18, 2017

R U using a mobile phone? On mine I always have audio questions but with an option of turning it off, apparently for one hour. It's very convenient and the next time you use it again it's "on" by default, again with the same option. That is if people are around you (Like public transport and if you have no headphone) you just click on "Can't listen now...) Also sometimes if you can't really comprehend the spoken questions this way you don't get them - Good luck. (I don't remember seeing this on DT versions.

November 1, 2017

I think Duolingo does not let you speak every time, sometimes I do not get a speaking exercise when the settings are on many times in a row. But some days after it lets me speak. It should be normal.

November 14, 2017

Mine's not working either, and I'm using Chrome now.

November 28, 2017

Make sure you have given the app permission to access the microphone. That's what fixed mine.

June 22, 2018

I am doing the English to German DuoLingo course for about a year. About ten days ago or so it suddenly stopped having me answer any questions in German other than the multiple choice ones. It only has me answer the german text in english and answer any of the voice questions in german are gone ect. What has happened how do I get it back to where I can get voice and text questions that I can answer in German instead of 100% english.

December 16, 2018

I am also having the same problem. I am learning Japanese and am doing it on chrome but it still isn't asking to speak anything

December 22, 2018

I'm learning Spanish using the app on an Android device and there is no option in the settings for microphone. My husband is learning French on an iPhone and has it? Anyone got a solution?? Thanks!

January 10, 2019

My experiences:

  • An old iPad still provides speaking exercises via the app.

  • Ditto an old iPhone, although I only use it in streak emergencies, and those are pretty rare.

  • Safari on MacOS does not provide speaking exercises, and this is clearly conscious on Duolingo's part. Exercises don't present and then fail, they don't present at all.

  • Chrome on MacOS works, although it's a bit twitchier than the app.

  • I don't have a Windows 10 laptop any more, and I'm not going to try this on my old Windows 7 desktop because it was never very capable, unlike the Win 10 laptop.

The key reason may be that Chrome supports Web Speech API (since it's a Google initiative, I think) but that Safari doesn't or didn't or doesn't do well enough.

Conclusion (subject to change with new info): Use Chrome or the app.

May 29, 2019

I had the same problem. I solved it by uninstalling. When I went to Duolingo in my search engine I did not lose any information and the speaking was back on. Good luck.

June 7, 2019
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