Intro 4 Lesson 4 problem: ちゅう makes the sound for なか.
Very confused when I sat this: https://imgur.com/USWdTVi and it made the sound for なか.
It took a while, but I found out 中(ちゅう) and 中(なか) use the same kanji. Is anyone else having this problem, and is there a way to fix it?
When a kanji is part of a larger word (combined with other kanji) it will take it's chinese-based On-yomi reading, which is "Chuu". But when a kanji is by itself it is read with its Kun-yomi reading which is "Naka". There are also multiples of each kind of reading depending on the context a kanji is used in.
Duo's reading of the isolated kanji isn't exactly wrong, by itself that kanji would be naka, but the system fails to account for the context of it and how the surrounding kanji change how it is pronounced.
I guess it could be similar to seeing the english word "through" pronounced like 'thru' as a whole, and trying to highlight the 'rough' part expecting to hear 'ru' but instead hearing how 'rough' as its own word is pronounced as 'ruff'.
So it's not necessarily a bug, Duo just fails to explain how kanji actually function.
Thanks for creating this thread, I also encountered this and was getting confused because ちゅう != なか when you hear it. So when trying to piece together the Hiragana, I wasn't able to make the determination of what the sound was saying compared to what the 'correct' answer was.