Silent mode for mobile
Hi guys (and girls), I would love to have an option for the silent mode on the mobile duolingo, since I often use it on public transport but rarely have headphones with me.
I agree with this. I have turned off the speaker and microphone setting on my iPhone as I don't want to use these features but the app still tries to give me audio listening exercises. Would be nice to have a choice to universally enable or disable these.
I think learning may be compromised if there is no audio. Half of learning a language is being able to hear and speak it, not just read and write it. And the most challenging part of Duolingo is often the understanding of spoken phrases. If you don't want to use the audible features at the time, perhaps go on immersion and have a crack at translating some text? Or try reading a magazine in the language?
I completely agree that listening and speaking is an integral part of learning a language. However the listening exercises are really poor quality so I prefer to train this aspect with out media such as audiobooks, films, tv and radio. This gives a much better impression of what listening on the country will actually be like. I would like a complete turn off of audio (optional for each user) so that when I am in a quiet place or without headphones I am not forced to wrongly answer a question or quit an entire lesson so I can continue my practising. Also immersion isn't available on mobile devices which would prevent that option.
This is very true. I actually bought a cheap pair of earbuds and put them in my pocket each morning for this reason. $9 at walmart, because I never know when I have a spare 10 minutes or so to sneak ina quick lesson, waiting at Dr office, in line at starbucks, walking dog, etc.
Of course, my primary learning in on the computer with all the features of Duolingo. But i could have more practice this way. At least practicing weak words would be great.
Yeah, I only practice on mobile, since it's harder to use the online dictionaries and grammar guides. Listening and speaking is not really critical here.
You can turn off listening and speaking tasks in the full version, there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to do it in the mobile version (especially since this feature would be more useful in the mobile version).
Great idea....sometimes it's just too noisy or intrusive, eg when waiting in line*, in the coffee shop or waiting for a concert to start.
in UK we wait "in" line....in USA they wait "on" line.