I have noticed that, although the microphone is set to on and I have flash installed, that it no longer loads in Duolingo. The microphone and flash works in other situations. The only change I have made is to upgrade to Sierra on my mac. I use Safari and don't want to download another browser due to space issues on my Mac Air. Is there anything else I can try besides downloading a new browser?
Sounds like something I read about a new Web API, let me look...
Looks like you need Chrome or Firefox.
Speaking exercises on the new website only work on browsers that support the Web Speech API, the most popular being Chrome. Unfortunately, the old speech system was outdated and a load on our system. If you use the Chrome browser, you will get speaking exercises again.
Features under consideration:
Speaking exercises for browsers that do not support the Web Speech API
For more information, see the following article: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002969903
I have the newest Android app, and I also use Duolingo mobile version in Chrome on my phone, and I never get any speaking exercises in either. Why is that? If I use my desktop computer, I get it, but then it's useless to me since my desktop doesn't have a mic (which, obviously, my phone does). In my settings in the app, there is no setting for "Speaking exercises". In the settings in the browser, "Microphone" is turned on.
Seems like this is a new "feature" that came along with the latest web version upgrade (ads). I have not been offered the chance to use the mic since this upgrade. I checked my preferences, and the mic is enabled.