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Why does exercises require spoken answers in English?


I'm learning Spanish with Duolingo. Generally, everything is good and I'm learning it quite well.

But there is one thing that doesn't make sense: why does exercises want me to translate Spanish to English by using a microphone? It does not improve my Spanish in no means, but makes it difficult to give the correct answer, as my English pronouncing isn't perfect. Obviously it could be improved then, but when I'm learning Spanish, I'd just want to be learning Spanish, not English.

I would understand if I had to speak my answer in Spanish. That would be good for learning. I hope this gets fixed, as I'm confident that there is no sensible reason for having it this way.

For the note, I've had this using iOS and web.

June 22, 2017



I've only ever had to repeat the Spanish with speaking. Maybe it's some kind of bug?


I agree - probably a bug, but could be an A/B test.

I have never been asked to speak in the source language, on any course, ever.


You can disable microphone usage in the settings


I turned off my mic a long time ago and just say everything out loud without being prompted. If you want to turn off your mic, hover over your username where it appears in the blue bar at the top of the screen. A menu will drop down. Click "Settings". From there, you will have access to various Duo settings. Just remember to click the green "Save" button after making changes. :)

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