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German: Has the 'slow sound' stopped working?

My 'slow sound' stopped working a couple of days ago - so I can only listen to normal speed. Is anyone else having this problem?

November 19, 2017


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For the last two days, at least twenty people reported the same issue.
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November 19, 2017


I'm having this problem as well. The man is pretty understandable (although it was a shock to hear a male voice) but I just had a sentence where even listening to it three times at regular speed I couldn't understand it.

November 19, 2017


I agree. My problem is I have tinnitus and sometimes reach for the slow but it seems not to be available. still learning and as such looking for all the help out there.

November 19, 2017


Yeah that has happened to me too, I also realised they added the male voice for web as well, that could be why.

November 19, 2017


I noticed the male voice too! The slow button issue did coincide with him starting - so you could be right. (By the way, I think he a great voice with clear pronunciation - however, every now and then, he pronounces a simple word (such as like 'wir') extremely unclearly and quite impossible to interpret. Hence the reach for the slow button.)

I also have had other random things happening. For example, a couple of times I have received notification that people on my friends list have 'passed me'. I have gone to my settings and this notification is not checked. So, that's a thing.

Maybe it is a weird A/B test.

November 19, 2017


Agreed - in real life we might not have much trouble for missing a simple word or two, but here we have to get every single word right (up to typos). Anyway keep up the good work Duo!

November 19, 2017


I really thought it was just me - thanks for posting this!

November 20, 2017


Yes, happened to me too

November 19, 2017


Had it today

November 19, 2017


Same problem here, using the app, I noticed it yesterday; although I haven't tested the web version yet.

November 20, 2017


yes that happened to me and then the voice changed to a British male

November 20, 2017


Same here. Both on the Android and Web versions of Duolingo.

November 29, 2017


French - me too! Really frustrating as I need to use the slow sound to double check content

November 30, 2017
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