No more chat bots?
I found the chat bots very useful to practice learning and now with the new crown update it's gone.
I agree. I learned words through those bot chats before learning them in my actual Duolingo lessons! The only issue with the "reply for me" option in the bot chats was that you couldn't hear an audible pronunciation of the suggested replies you could use, and so you're not exactly learning new things correctly.
It depends on the language for me I guess. You could always use your phone over a tablet etc with google translate and it will pick up the words through the image scan feature, then you could press the button for how to pronounce it.