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Suggestion: Microphone only practice mode

I know lots of people have suggested some kind of spoken/listening immersion (e.g., translating YouTube videos) and am sure the Duolingo peeps are hard at work on something along these lines, but in the meantime, could we have a "Microphone only" or "Interpreter" practice mode where we are only given the speaking exercises? This is much harder for me than the written exercises, and we only get a couple in each practice session. It seems like it would be an easy thing to offer and would help strengthen the skill that most of us seem to feel Duolingo is weakest on developing.

4 years ago

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Hi mirandak, I don't ever wait for Duolingo to prompt me to speak. (I have my mic turned off.) Instead, I just always say the words and sentences out loud. The mic doesn't have the best technology (unless it got an upgrade for firefox and android). I used to be able to say almost anything (sometimes even nothing) and often it would count it as correct.

If you use my method, you get to reinforce kinesthetic memory (via typing), visual memory (via seeing it on screen), audio (via saying it out loud), and conversation (by speaking). I think this has a greater potential to benefit people who are able to type, see, speak, and hear.

4 years ago

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I actually do do this most of the time (I also close my eyes and listen to the audio before I read it because it is much harder for me to understand spoken than written Spanish.) It's more that I want more translation into (spoken) Spanish rather than a lot of translation from Spanish to English, which is so much easier. I know Duolingo has to train us as translators, so it makes sense that they do more of those exercises, but it would be nice to be able to switch it around to get more speaking practice.

I do think the microphone/word recognition has gotten better recently (I use Firefox). It used to render my words totally wrong (and, yes, give me credit even when I said something else), and while my accent may not be great I am pretty sure my words would be completely recognizable to a human. But it seems to have improved a lot lately.

4 years ago

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I empathize. My best suggestion for what's available right now (besides what I already suggested. Which, it looks like you were already doing, good onya!) is to take the reverse course once you finish your Spanish tree. The English for Spanish speakers tree reverse the 2/3 ratio. (I'm guessing at that ratio. But, I feel like I am asked to translate things from Spanish into English at least 2/3 of the time in the Span for English speakers course.) The reverse tree is pretty challenging though. I always suggest that people wait until they finish their initial tree to start it.

4 years ago