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Speaking exercises aren't working ??

Every time I get a speaking exercise and I click on the microphone it automatically fails me before I even have a chance to speak. Anyone know why?

July 29, 2017



I know that many people don't get any speaking exercises at all due to the web rewrite. I'm not sure, but it's possible your problem could be related.

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 Unfortunately, the old speech system was outdated and a burden on our system.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.

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


Thanks for your help! The weird thing is though I am currently using Chrome and it still doesn't work. Maybe there's a bug in the rewriting of the website?


That could well be the case. Since you're using Chrome, I suggest you submit a bug report: https://support.duolingo.com/hc/en-us/requests/new


Hi, I'm not getting any speaking exercises anymore and I'm on Firefox. Is this API-related?


I found that re-installing Chrome fixed it for me - even though I had the most recent version. I didn't have to uninstall first, so it even saved all my tabs that I had open.

(cross-posting the solution from my thread since amyharryhollie posted there too)


thanks for the solution!


I just tried it and it doesn't work. Hope they come out with a fix soon, if it's something wrong on their part. Thank you for the suggestion though.


Same, but on my phone. I rarely do exercises on any browser, I just use the app. All of a sudden speaking exercises are impossible. Any solution for mobile?


Did you ever find a solution? It's happening to me too.


Im on the same boat, learning german here


i have same problem too


I have the same issue. Speaking exercises fail before I have any chance to say even a single word


to add: I am not using a browser. I use the android app on my mobile phone, a Huawei P10.


Did you find a solution? I'm having the same problem.


no, the speaking exercises do not even pop up anymore :( Failure of the programme I guess


I'm having the exact same issue all of a sudden and I am using Chrome. Not sure what the issue is, since it worked absolutely fine before.


This is also happening to me on Chrome. It is incredibly annoying. This just started for me.


I use the app on android. Every time I get a speaking exercise and I click on the microphone it automatically fails me before I even have a chance to speak.

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