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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.

April 22, 2018

26 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/momo-wuwen

As far as chinese go, native speakers sound like machineguns, so if anything Duo is getting you prepared your your first face to face dialogue haha

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

I have these for Japanese, at least on questions where you listen and select the words. Do you mean something different? Like on example sentences?

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Super interesting. I don't have exercises like that for Japanese or Chinese. I sort of think most people don't; of course I'm not sure about that.

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

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.

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

I do think exercises like that would be useful. Wonder if it's A/B testing or an app version thing. I have iOS.

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

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.

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

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.

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

If it helps, we don't have discussions on the app, either. Lol Didn't know about the others! Very interesting!

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Weird! My friend does, and I've gotten the impression around the forums that that's the general situation on Android. Maybe they open the browser instead of being right in the app, but at least they're accessible.

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zanzaboonda

Maybe it's another A/B test! Lol

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

there are no sentences when you start only letters ki no and the like and than you learn to read words, so i do not have comments for Japanese all very good with 3 alphabets!

April 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeonardoN.M

I agree. Sou seu grande fã John, parabéns, em breve atingirá a marca de 2000 dias de ofensiva.

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/phb2013

Yes, I agree. It would be very helpful.

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

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.

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/testmoogle

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.

Duolingo keyboard shortcuts list

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

April 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MishaStudent1

Chinese audio speed is tough for me as well ahaha

April 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AjayFoster

funny

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AjayFoster

good idea i like it.

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AjayFoster

i agree with you and thank you

April 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fc0292

Give Duo some time...it's always getting better and adding those new features. But you're right, it would help a lot. Have a nice day!

April 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DiegoLeocadio

I couldn't agree more... Chinese is way too fast.

April 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gea123gea

i can assure you that in a wink of time you learn in full speed what is said, i also experienced that!

April 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EitanPritzker

Agreed!

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dave.pretty

There may well have been an A/B that is over: I just got listening exercises this morning for the first time in both Chinese and Japanese.

July 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/piguy3

Could be an A/B test that's beginning ;)

July 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KRBarry

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