Lessons keep getting stuck on the microphone/record page

Sometimes after I click record, speak into the mic and click stop, nothing happens. The only way to proceed is to click "I don't want to use a microphone". Is this happening to anyone else?

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Chrome 33.0.1750.117 m, Windows 8

February 28, 2014


People have been reporting this for six months or more and it drives me insane. Duolingo staff never seem to respond to it any more :(

March 2, 2014

This has been happening to me at least once a day (and usually multiple times). It has gotten where I can barely get through a lesson without turning off the microphone. I have also had it tell me an answer is correct without giving me access to the continue button, forcing me to abandon the lesson.

March 1, 2014

I get this in about half my sessions; it is annoying!

March 2, 2014

It happens to me in every single lesson, on both my computers (different versions of Firefox on 64-bit Windows 7 SP1), and is very annoying, since I have to reenable it from Settings each time...

March 2, 2014

Yes, this happens to me too. I go back into settings & re-authorize the microphone right away, which sometimes works, but still. It's so annoying!

March 6, 2014

Yes, liamog, this has been happening for a long time. Don't feel bad, you're not alone. Many of us have run into this issue. In my case, I eventually gave up, and turned off the microphone. (Sniff, sniff... ;-)

A while back, I did see at least one DuoLingo staff commenting about it in discussions, so they are (or at least were once) aware of it. But I don't know how high it ranks among their priorities. When you have Millions of users and a small staff, you have to focus on the biggest, most serious bugs. This one is probably more of a "minor annoyance."

Worse yet- it is intermittent, which makes it really, really hard to troubleshoot! Even a 1337 H4x0r would have a hard time fixing it, when it only occurs on (guess) 5% of computers, and only half the time.

So don't get discouraged. Just keep plowing through!

March 7, 2014

happens to me a lot. sometimes it comes back to life after a long pause.

October 1, 2014

Yep, I have my own issue with this. I just started using DL at work. If I'm doing the night shift, it's no issue because I'm the only one around, but if I work during the day, I can't have the microphone or speakers on, and it looks like the lessons (at least the one I just took) are entirely unpassable without it. Now I'm fine with using it just during the night shifts, but for those users that don't have a microphone, I'd imagine this is more than just a minor annoyance.

I'll keep an eye on this thread and see how the admins respond.

February 24, 2015

Same here, reenabling the microphone doesn't work either.

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