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 Unfortunately, the old speech system was outdated and a burden on our system.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