I am having an extremely difficult time distinguishing between el, ella, nino, nina when I'm listening in order to translate. I have my hearing aids turned up to maximum volume as well as the volume on my lap top. Does this program provide assistance for hearing impaired students?
What kind of assistance are you thinking of? The listening exercises have a button for a slower version of a sentence. Is that of any help to you?
For now, if you are not benefiting from the listening exercises, you could consider turning them off. You can do so by going to the settings menu under your profile name and turning off the speaker. Here is a direct link: https://www.duolingo.com/settings/account
I hope you will still be able to enjoy your learning. Please feel free to share your experiences and ideas about how things could be improved.
I'm hearing-impaired and wear hearing aids. When I first started Duolingo, I found it almost impossible to figure out what was said. For a long time, I didn't realize it was possible to turn off the sound and just do the written part. Actually, however, I'm glad that was the case because, as I continued to listen (everything possible turned up and in a quiet room), I discovered that I was actually getting better at understanding the spoken material. I think this has been partly because I'm more familiar now with the computer-generated speech, but also because I've become more familiar with Spanish - If I can't translate into English what I think I've heard, I figure I must have mis-heard and keep trying (sometimes with my laptop's speaker up to my best ear!). I have the most problem with the letter "p" but that's just me.
All that said, I've recently started trying to learn Portuguese (on level 5), and I'm having real trouble understanding the spoken stuff. I'm tempted to turn off the sound, but think I'll hold off for a while in hopes the same thing will happen as it did with Spanish.
my story exactly. i'm deaf with hearing aids and when I began with Duolingo I didn't know it was possible to turn off the sound and do only written part. at first it was very frustrating but with time i began to recognize more and more sentences and it made me really thrilled that i was able to understand basic sentences, not only that - but in a foreign language. but then the levels became harder with a wider vocabulary and it became impossible to understand so i left it and continued Duolingo with texts only.
I have a pair of USB headphones. They are not the little kind that fit inside my ear; they are the big padded kind that cover my outer ear entirely. They are really good at blocking out external noise, which is a big problem for me. I cannot easily distinguish what I want to hear from background sounds, but in a quiet environment I am pretty good at hearing the difference between vowels. Would big noise canceling headphones help you at all? Or is it hard for you to distinguish the vowel sounds even in a noise-free environment?
Duo does not, to my knowledge, have any assistance for the hearing impaired. I may be wrong; hopefully some others will chime in.
There was a long thread a while back about this- from a deaf person who learned Spanish. At first commenter said here, depends what kind of help. If you don't want to struggle with the audio, apparently there is some way you can set duo so you don't get audio questions (Thus no points lost). If you want to keep using the audio, hard for me to give suggestions, b/c in French at least, I have trouble understanding some words, and my hearing is more or less okay. In part it's b/c the computer voice is hard to understand sometimes/ for some words I mean. I don't think Duo has a search tab- I don't know where it is, if there is one. That would make it easy to find the discussion thread I'm talking about. You would probably find the comments interesting and possibly helpful. Maybe if you write to Duo directly someone can find the thread for you. Best wishes