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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.


Some people have asked for an ability to speak their translations (in the base language) rather than type them. I've normally taken this primarily as an indication they haven't been paying much attention to the utter inadequacy of Duolingo's speech recognition technology.


On iOS you can click a microphone key on the soft keyboard, and dictate an answer to SIRI. This is much better speech recognition technology. I had assumed Andoid would have something similar. Perhaps not, and it was Android users asking for this? (Also, perhaps web.) Though I should note that this person is iOS. (And web)


Hmm, looks like it should be Google Now. Perhaps they were PC users who don't know that software for this more naturally resides on one's own computer.


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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