https://www.duolingo.com/DavidianLogic

Speaking Exercises?

I've noticed in other Duolingo language courses that the speaking exercises make me much more comfortable in attempting to actually speak those languages - but I haven't noticed that the iOS version of Duolingo has these for Russian.

Are those on the way, were they not practical, or something else entirely?

2 years ago

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well asked: i posed this same question two weeks ago and didn't get a real answer

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/17262153

2 years ago

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I wrote a long and detailed answer to this and my browser froze before I could click post headdesk so this is the short version. You may or may not be thankful my browser threw a wobbler ;p

  • Most of the courses don't have speaking exercises. The ones Duolingo released first do, and it wouldn't surprise me to learn that courses to those languages might be more likely to have them, but the majority don't seem to. Turkish has or at least had them on one platform. In the early days of the Russian course, some people had them, but not all. and it was quite random. No one has mentioned them recently, as far as I know.

  • The VR is pants. I mean terrible. I experimented the other day with German, started with garbling the phrases and then got sillier, and it accepted nonsense syllables with no relation to the text at all. I'm talking "flee flu flum" level of nonsense syllables. You will get as much benefit just speaking the sentences aloud anyway, 'cause the VR is that bad. The only way I managed to make it not accept what I was saying was by talking in Hebrew. (Then at other times I know that fluent or native speakers of some languages have found the VR won't accept their pronunciations. Reliable it ain't.)

  • Since you mentioned using iOS; for a jury-rigged speaking exercise, use the VR that's built into iOS. It's available for a lot of languages, and Russian is definitely among them. Go to the keyboard for the target language, click on the little microphone button (it's to the left of the space bar) and speak. Hey presto, speaking exercise :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DavidianLogic

"Since you mentioned using iOS; for a jury-rigged speaking exercise, use the VR that's built into iOS. It's available for a lot of languages, and Russian is definitely among them. Go to the keyboard for the target language, click on the little microphone button (it's to the left of the space bar) and speak. Hey presto, speaking exercise :D"

That's brilliant, and I low-key love you for that.

Seriously, you're awesome.

2 years ago

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:D hey you're very welcome, I'm glad it was useful!

(I haven't used it an awful lot, but so far I've been pretty impressed with the iOS VR :D)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/khoamunich

it so good and cool

1 year ago
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