Duo! Chinese and Japanese need slow speak button
Other languages have slow speak. Chinese and Japanese need this even more since there is not space between the characters. For many reasons this would be a useful feature. Duo please add.
Here's an example. I use the heck out of it, though I clearly didn't use it enough this time! Lol I always miss hearing 行 when there's a に in front of it. FWIW, this example is for travel, which I only have one crown in. Not sure if that matters. But I'm confident I've always had them. A/B testing again, perhaps? IDK. But they are definitely useful! It's helped me tremendously, so I do hope they roll it out to everyone, if they really haven't. It's certainly needed, IMHO.
That's a good question. I am on Android, but I would imagine the A/B test is more likely, as they usually give iOS so the toys first. E.g., we waited longer for Japanese, it took like a year to get TinyCards, and we've never had bots. So I'd be pretty surprised if they threw us a bone first. Lol But I hope you get it soon! I really do think it's useful.
It might be both Android and an A/B test ;)
There are important counterexamples to iOS getting everything first. Most notably: iOS still doesn't have discussions on the app. Android got achievements and Duolingo Plus first. And I think crown levels were first tested on Android.
Do people have a slow option on sentences that aren't write what you hear? I don't think I have ever seen such a thing. My presumption is that there doesn't appear to be a slow mode simply because there don't seem to be any write what you hear questions in these courses. Of course, I would be very interested if anyone has experienced something different.
Ah, so that's where all this talk of a turtle speech feature comes from?
I had noticed the keyboard shortcuts lists one for replaying the audio slower. I wondered about where this was used. I don't normally ever have the audio turned on anyway as I prefer listening to music, but I've tried it before and Ctrl+Shift+Space didn't play the audio any slower.
I'm surprised nobody has made a userscript to add turtle speech to the normal sentences. It's certainly not impossible. I've just had a go playing around with it. I was able to set it to play the sentence audio anywhere between 0.1x ~ 1x speed (and faster speeds too, as if faster is what people want!) :P
I had a speaking exercise today and it was around 20 characters long and it made me wonder if this has been suggested. I have the Android version and I also do suspect I'm making this language considerably more difficult insisting on using Android there. But it's a valid use case and platform so seems like it should have a slow feature.
That being said, it's a crazy mix of questions where 3 of 15 exercises will be large symbol panels matched to a sound but an exercise a few later will be to speak this long complex sentence.
Have you ever considered usingshorter sentences for spoken exercises? I'm sure I would be learning better if I was understanding the sentence rather than a vague mimic of the sounds I just heard. At least having a 'repeat more slowly' button I might be able to separate sounds.
Just a thought. Thanks for the hard work getting this live though. It's VERY tough compared to other languages but quite a feat getting it live at all.
At the moment, there is a speak slowly button, but it sounds a bit off. In French though, it doesn't exactly speak the words slower. It just increases the time in between words. I think that would be helpful here. I have been learning Chinese for a while now, but I CANNOT understand when someone speaks fast. Nor can I speak that fast.