Feature Request: Audio Only 'Practice Button' option

I just realized that while I'm doing fairly well at reading the onscreen text, I often have difficulty if I can't see the words in front of me. As an option that could be easily implemented into the 'practice button', (and I say 'easily' since it would literally only require the text to not be shown), I would love to replace some fraction of 'Write this in English' problems with audio-only versions, as it would help me better recall how words are spoken, rather than merely how they look in Kanji or Kana. Upon answering the question, the text could reappear.

March 14, 2019


I've just made a very simple userstyle to make it audio only by hiding the Japanese sentence. Although this doesn't automatically show the sentence after you've answered the question, I have made it so that you can still view the sentence at any point by hovering the mouse over the "Type this in English" text. It should also work for any Duolingo course, not just Japanese.

To use userstyles, you will need a userstyle extension for your browser. A popular one I use is Stylus. Here are the links to get it for whichever web browser you are using: Chrome, Firefox, Opera.

Here's the link to my userstyle:

Just click the blue "Install Style" button on that page, then try doing some "type this in English" exercises and see what it's like. ^^

Doing these exercises audio only is more interesting than I thought it would be. I think it actually works better than the proper "type what you hear" exercises in the Japanese course, haha.

March 16, 2019

Couldn't you simply answer the question with your eyes shut?

March 14, 2019

I need to click the speaker button to play the audio. To do that, I need my eyes open, and I'll inadvertently see a portion of the sentence. If I cover the portion of my screen with, say, a piece of tape, as soon as I get a 'write this in Japanese' question, I run into further difficulty.

March 16, 2019

If you have the "speaker" option turned on in the Duolingo settings, then it is meant to autoplay the audio.

The downside to this is that this setting also controls whether or not you will be given the "type what you hear" quesions. If you have disabled the speaker setting to block this problematic question type (since it doesn't accept variation in kana/kanji), then turning it on might not be desirable. Or do you have this setting turned on already?

Anyway, there's actually a keyboard shortcut for replaying the audio!

"Ctrl + Space"

This keyboard shortcut does the same thing as clicking the speaker button. So you wouldn't have to look at the screen. ^^

March 16, 2019

Many thanks, did not realize that ctrl+space did that.

March 16, 2019

Believe it or not but it's best to look at the screen only when it's necessary, like for example when you already heard the audio and have to put the tiles together. Other times avoid looking at the text like fire because you don't train your brain to recognise the speech patterns. Contrary to what some people here think, Japanese is not just about kana and kanji - as you are discovering now, being quick in recognising the spoken language is as, if not even more, important.

March 15, 2019

I wholly agree. But in order to hear the audio spoken, the blue speaker icon must be clicked, forcing me to look at the screen at least for a brief while.

March 16, 2019
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