https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lord_ofthe_Rings

Speaking German. Help

I used to be able to speak German on the microphone during the duolingo courses, but now it never does. Why is that? I have both speaker and microphone on, but it never does speaking problems. Also I don't hear anything for Vietnamese, or Russian. Any one know why?

Thanks for your help.

July 2, 2017

2 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rumnraisin

It could be because Duolingo recently rewrote their website and:

Why don't I get speaking exercises anymore?

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 Unfortunately, the old speech system was outdated and a burden on our system. If you use the Chrome browser, you will get speaking exercises again.

https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/articles/115002969903-Duolingo-s-New-Website

And according to the following page, it looks like only Chrome and Opera use this API (unless I have misread it):

http://caniuse.com/#feat=speech-recognition

So if you use any browser other than these ... that's why.

I use mobile Firefox and will continue to do so.

Audio may or may not come for other browsers:

Under consideration:
...
* Speaking exercises for browsers that do not support the Web Speech API

(Source as above.)


The loss of audio for the Vietnamese and Russian courses I know nothing about, although it could well be related to the website rewrite. By the way, you've posted this under the German discussion topic/forum. You might get more answers about loss of audio if you edit your original post and change the "topic" to Troubleshooting or Duolingo, and amend your title to something like No audio for Vietnamese or Russian?, or just make a new post in Troubleshooting specifically about the audio.

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/X.mollyjoy

You may need to use a different browser, i know Chrome works, other people have been having these problems too and using Chrome always seems to solve it for them.

July 2, 2017
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