Deaf Duolingo Learners.
Are there other deaf Duolingo learners out there? I'm actively learning French. Duolingo is a great help to my preparation for my new life in France next month.
I'm not deaf, but I have seen a few people ask how to turn off the sound/listening exercises, so we do have some deaf people here on Duolingo. You might try doing a Google search with "deaf Duolingo" to see if anyone turns up.
I am having a tough time understanding Portuguese speakers in Brasil. My girlfriend lives there and I am in Brasil now. When they speak I understand very little. Not only what the words mean but I can't make anything out. I have been here 10 times now and been studying for over 2 years. My hearing test at work 2 weeks ago showed my high frequency hearing dropping off some. I can still understand English except when background noise is present but with a new language it's been very frustrating. Do you think I could have a problem? I will get it checked more when I'm get home. Even when my girlfriend speaks more slowly it's terrible to understand anything. I have her record audio phrases and I sometimes have to listen 50 times before I can make out most of the words. Thanks!
Maybe a hearing aid would help. I have been using them my whole life. However with some languages I find certain sound are hard for me to distinguish due to my hearing loss. My loss is affected more in the lower frequencies
Thanks! I am hoping it is the answer and helps. For as long as I have been learning I thought I would be able to understand more! My girlfriend thought I was able to understand 8 out of ten words but wanting to know them all before answering and was getting frustrated with me and only speaking English with me. Actually I was only understanding 1 or 2 out of ten. Now she is helping more because she sees how frustrated I am and knows what is happening now.
Sometimes hearing aides work great, other days, they don't work at all!
I think it depends on the person as I am only hard-of-hearing they help me a lot.
I'm not deaf, but I do have a hearing problem that is not corrected with hearing aids. It makes learning a language challenging. I'm using Yabla to work on my listening skills.