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Highlight Words as They Are Read?

Hello Duolingo users and team,

I was practicing my Japanese (I am still definitely a beginner) and I realized that one of my biggest issues is that when I am listening to the recordings, I cannot differentiate at certain times when one word ends and another starts, especially when there are multiple new kanji in a row.

I think a big-ish change that would be extremely helpful for me when learning is to have a feature that highlights each word as it is spoken when the "listen" button is pressed. That way I can train my brain to recognize individual words both when they are spoken and when I am reading. Plus, it will be beneficial when learning kanji and their different pronunciations when in different contexts.

Especially in the date and time sections, this would be helpful so that I can tell when I am hearing a number versus when I am hearing the words "month" or "day."

This would be an extremely helpful feature for me and I'm sure that it would be beneficial for others, so please keep in touch (if possible) on how plausible something like this could be! Thank You!

June 26, 2018



I highly recommend you try out the app Beelinguapp in conjunction with Duolingo. It provides short stories and readings into your target language and offers toggleable side-by-side translations with a fairly large number of language options to choose from

You can filter readings through level of difficulty (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) and there is audio to go with the text. The text highlights whichever part the audio is on, and for some stories, you can even change the speed of the audio!

Some readings offer quizzes at the end to test how much you comprehended. You can read the questions in either your target language or primary language.

There is a premium version of the app that allows you to have access to the entire library of readings (and a few other perks as well that I can't remember), but there are still many, many free selections to choose from.

P.S. : In my experience, the so-called "Beginner" titles were still difficult to comprehend! So I recommend starting at beginner level and then working your way up. I believe Advanced contains a larger number of premium-only titles, but don't quote me on that.

June 29, 2018


Awesome! Thank you for the suggestion! I'm currently using a few other apps in conjunction with Duolingo to improve my comprehension and recognition, but this will be the first that actually helps me to comprehend (and hopefully pick up sentence structure better). I appreciate the help!

June 29, 2018


I think it's a cool idea, even if I have no difficulties with that problem.

June 29, 2018


I also do recommend duolingo in conjunction with beelinguapp.

June 29, 2018
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