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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyWoods

Flash...AAHHHGGGGG

Man, I love this site but I can't do it all on my Ipad or my Windows 8 Tablet because nobody seems to support Flash anymore. Not really convenient to sit at my old Vista Desktop to practice. Suggestion: Get rid of Flash requirement.

January 30, 2013

20 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/imadalin1983

Years away since this talk has started and Duolingo still requires Flash for speaking exercises. Even on Windows with Edge, all platforms with Chrome and Firefox or on OS X with Safari now we have native HTML5 audio. Flash should be just a fallback if you have more then 2-3% users still locked in the IceAge with Internet Bangxplorer 8.1234.

Really. I bet that almost all users on Duolingo use non prehistoric browsers committing to learn another language.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martinkunev

I can do the speaking exercises and I don't have flash installed. Chrome 48 on Mac


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devburke

Chrome actually has it's own built-in Flash. I don't have Flash installed and use Safari, but whenever I need Flash, I use Chrome.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martinkunev

I don't have flash (I have deleted it, removed all permissions of the directory where chrome would re-install it and removed all the permissions of the chrome updater so it would never even run). Duolingo has been working without flash for a while.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/devburke

I tried this morning on Safari. Speaking exercises still require Flash.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jellybelly62

i agree - can't hear the audio so i skip but my non-answers are marked as incorrect. would be nice to be able to remove the listening option.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlbertoFab15

Is there any news?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

I know nothing about Apple products but I was under the impression Duolingo has an IPhone application and they may run on an IPAD. http://duolingo.com/#/mobile


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis

We don't like Flash either :( Unfortunately, there is no way to get rid of Flash if we want to allow you to speak into the microphone. There's simply no other technology that allows this to happen. We do have an iPhone app, which works on the iPad (though it's not optimized for it).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obitow

Luis, can the programmers get rid of Flash at least for listening? I don't do the speaking activities, so it would help me, once I have to activate flash only when I'm at Duolingo.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martinkunev

I don't have flash installed and the listening exercies work on my computer.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tylrmurphy

Oh actually, I wasn't thinking clearly. Our listening exercises work without Flash because we use HTML5 audio for them if your browser supports it. It is the speaking exercises that don't work at all without Flash.

I dream of the day when the browser let's you access audio from the microphone without using Flash (they're working on it).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/martinkunev

I use Safari 6. I intentionally deleted flash so I am sure I don't have it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obitow

This is odd. I also use Safari 6, but if I enable ClickToFlash plugin, the audio doesn't work. =/


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyWoods

Does the iPhone app allow speaking into the microphone since apple doesn't support Flash. If so, I will try it on the iPad. If not then it wouldn't be any different than on the browser. Any plans for Windows phone app?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/obitow

I think they are working on this in the iPhone app.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KellyWoods

You don't need flash to listen, only to speak into the program with a mic. My frustration is not with Duolingo which is SUPER AWESOME. Only with this transition where Flash seems to be going away but isn't gone yet so there is lots of incapatibility between stuff. I may try Chrome but is on a Windows 8 tablet which has Flash but it is VERY restricted to select sites/programs so not sure if chrome would bypass that.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jellybelly62

why can't i hear the audio then? can anyone help please?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rocko2012

Make sure you have speakers turned on in your settings http://duolingo.com/#/settings/account Make sure your browser plugins are not blocking flash content from Duolingo(whitelist duolingo.com in FlashBlock for example). Try testing with another web browsers.

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