On some lessons, certain questions where you need to talk in the microphone are not being checked. When you answer normally, nothing happens. It just stays on the question and the only way to get out is by hitting I don't want to use a microphone. Please fix!
There are many of us who have reported these microphone problems...PatriciaJH's description of the circle matches my experience exactly. Without the audio side of Duolingo working properly I have discontinued using until they decide to fix it. As it's a free programme it feels churlish to complain but on the other hand the audio really is a vital element. Learning a language without the aural side of it is not very effective. Prolanguages/proidiomas is worth trying - there is a cost, but it's relatively small for what you get.
This is definitely still happening on Chrome. My android device does fine, but on the laptop the first 1-3 speaking exercises of each lesson don't register my voice after the first few words. I've already completely dumbed down my spoken fluency in hopes that the pauses will help them to understand me (I'm re-learning) and it's still not enough.
If I have to go mobile only I guess I will, but the translation exercises are much better on a laptop.
I have the same problem, and it's obviously a bug, as the sound level never changes (the boundary across the circle between light blue and dark blue stays steady in the middle), the mike is fine on previous and subsequent questions without any changes; and I can record just fine via the desktop krec app at the time when the problem is happening.
I've reported it via the "support" tab, which is on the screen to your left.
This is a long running problem that has been 'fixed' numerous times but keeps popping back up (see here for example: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/916420). I came here to create a new thread about it when I saw yours. It is particularly bad recently: I'd say I have to turn off microphone during at least 1/3 practices.
I know Duolingo is putting a lot of effort into developing new stuff, but it would be really great if they could prioritise the small number of big bugs that ruin the site experience.
Have you already tried this help text?
Please report that as a device bug - but not here. They will fix it, I hope.
I had a problem with something else two days ago and got an email back within 24 hours that they will fix the problem. (The bug is that when you use the tiles in the app they are lining up right on top of the sentence I am trying to translate instead of underneath it. So with a long sentence you would have to memorize which words you will use in the right order. - or write them down. The bug is not immediately fixed but they did acknowledge and thank me for the report quickly!
Report bugs here: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new and if there is something visual add a screenshot.
Also in the last month I have received 19 acknowledgements of translation reports which they are accepting after I made a suggested correction. So there is some action happening.
Mine worked for a while, with only a few random "Hmm... that doesn't sound right" before I had a chance to make a sound. Now when I repeat the phrase there is no indication that my answer was even heard-- no highlighted words, no "hmm..."-- nothing. Then finally a big red "X --correct solution:" with what I said. This is on my Chromebook, and I've checked the mic settings (works fine everywhere else and was previously working here). Oddly, my android phone app never even asks me to repeat phrases (it used to back before the problem started on my Chromebook). Can you fix this? I've recommended DuoLingo to several people, but now I feel I can't if it won't give feedback on how we sound. Also worried that the audio portion is degrading. Most of the time now I have to click 2-4 times to hear the complete phrase.