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In Spanish Duolingo, the problems where you have to say a word or phrase out loud, it's kind of weird. Sometimes (only a few times a week) they say that I'm wrong when I know that I pronounced it correctly. Other times, when I over-exaggerate the accents or just mess around with it, they say that I'm right. Why does this happen?

1 month ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

It's software and it's not perfect (neither is hardware for receiving or transmitting audio, come to think of it.) When I'm trying and it keeps thinking that I'm saying it wrong, I find restarting my browser works occasionally. Or sometimes I pause a second before speaking and I find that helps.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/guomashi
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I would add that it's generally true on other language learning applications too. Sometimes the speech recognition engine doesn't initialize before you start speaking, often it misinterprets what it is hearing, and a host of other problems across the board. Just work with what you got and don't sweat it too much.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SarahBecraft

In my experience Rosetta Stone is the best at that (though sometimes I have to restart it) though it is so picky.

But in its defense, I called my grandma and left a voicemail in French once and she called me back immediately shocked. Said she thought I was a native speaker till I'd started speaking English (my pronunciation was perfect but, you know, some 20-30 words in my entire vocabulary XD) So I grin and bear it when it makes me want to throw my computer across the room.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Roy685800
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I find the sample speech pronunciation varies across the speakers. I have to keep reminding myself that it SA Spanish not euro Spanish. Why can't we have a pure Spanish pronunciation course alongside this one. We could choose which we want and the only thing Duo would have to do differently is to provide the appropriate speaker.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlastairRae

The weird one is where you haven't finished speaking and it says you're correct.

1 month ago