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Voice operation, disabled user

I use a voice operated computer which writes in English, not Spanish. I am not able to progress, even though I click on the "Skip" button at the bottom. Because of my disability, I have no other choice but to use voice operation.

Is or any other way to get around writing out Spanish phrases

February 25, 2019

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/WanderingWendee

Are you able to use the word tiles option that allows you to pick the word instead of typing it? If not, maybe there is a modification for the program that you use to make your computer fully voice operational.

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/14I4LMX7

There are no word tiles available when I have to translate from English to Spanish. The voice program is made for speaking English, but thank you, let's hope there's some way to get around

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/dlhgl

Would it be an option to dictate the letters of the Spanish words instead of the whole words?

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/14I4LMX7

Yes, that is an option I have done, but it is very time-consuming, I am looking for something to streamline the training. It's almost as if it takes so long to dictate each letter, the training becomes less effective, especially if I make a mistake!

Thank you

February 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Thomas.Heiss

Hello,

Quote: Is or any other way to get around writing out Spanish phrases

Duolingo brings us ZERO user customization settings.

Unfortunately, I do not know any support of Tampermonkey userscripts to drop specific exercise challenges (e.g picture, fill the word into the blank, multiple-choice vs typing).

Quote: I am not able to progress, even though I click on the "Skip" button at the bottom.

The SKIP button on translation exercises just adds the question to the end of the queue and will bring them again to you (which is usually good) so you can retry.

Duolingo is HIGHLY related to translations, with also a lower ratio on the L1 English -> L2 target language (Spanish).

When you level up crowns from L0 to L5 or when you practice previous skills, word banks will be disabled and you have to use typing on the www.duolingo.com web portal.

I use a voice operated computer which writes in English, not Spanish.

I heard that an Android device supports the installation of the "Gboard" keyboard software which allows you dictacting the text even in the target language.

..(...)..

Pardon for the question, but what are your personal expectations to learn a language like Spanish?

Just want to understand what you are trying to achieve...

  • 0) Just reading / listening?

Either you have to:

  • 1) be able to correctly write words incl. accents / diacritics with typing
  • 2) or know how to spell single words with the correct pronunciation
  • 3) be able to formulare your own sentences in the L2 target language

Quote: The voice program is made for speaking English, but thank you, let's hope there's some way to get around

Either way, your software program seems to be lacking in one of the required language learning things (as an alternative to Android Gboard keyboard and voice dictation):

  • 1) read out load texts from a foreign language (e.g Spanish) for the multiple-choice questions and alternative answers

You can activate the text to speech (TTS) audio for those audio parts where Duolingo is missing to read out the target language, Spanish and enhance your learning experience:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/19654789/Userscript-Tree-Enhancer

  • 2) not accepting a foreign language as voice input: Is there no upgrade for the dictation software available? How would Spanish native disabled speakers use a computer then?

Quote: Because of my disability

I do not think that Duolingo has been developed especially with that group of people in mind, sorry.

An uncle from our family is blind, so I can relate to this a bit.

Can you see the words / sentences but not type anything like pressing keyboard options 1-4 / 1-8?
What is exactly possible? Where is the further limit?


www.memrise.com does the same for RECALL testing from L1 English -> L2 target translations which is good, to test if you really know the Spanish word.

The Memrise web portal supports some Tampermonkey userscripts where you could activate multiple-choice prompts so you do not have to type any longer words or sentences in the L2 target language.
But I am not sure if you could choose the 1-8) prompt options on the keyboard (does not sound like that) and if you are able to read the available answers on the screen.

I just know the flashcard language learning software "VT" where you are not forced to type your answers (it is also available as an Android app): https://www.languagecourse.net/vocabulary-trainer.php

With the "Superlearning" mode you will be presented with the words including images and with the timer interval it will auto-jump to the next word.

You can customize how the quiz mode acts and if you want to have a self-rating answer button, type the word, get multiple-choice, etc.

The 3rd party AnkiSRS Windows application also supports this "self-rating answer button" for presented flashcards.

Somehow you would have to get it at least working that you have full control over the 1-4 / 1-8 number hotkeys so you can self-rate your answers.

Question: How does this work for you on Duolingo with multiple-choice questions and does your computer software have an option for this so you could use Memrise, VT or AnkiSRS?

I believe with VT and quizzes you have to be able to control the mouse so you need to be able to see; I am currently not sure if you can press any 1-4 number hotkeys (probably not, I will recheck) if this is your disabled limitation.

As I said, I am just trying to understand how you want to learn and what you want to accomplish and what limitations are there.

Maybe other commercial learning applications with more options (e.g audio only, voice dictations, etc.) would suit you better.

With best regards

February 27, 2019
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