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Why isn't my microphone working today?

Its my second day here and I think this site is excellent, the best one i have seen for learning languages. Yesterday it all went fine, the site was really quick and the microphone worked. Today the site was a bit slower at first but then it regained its pace but the microphone didnt work. Obviously the program didnt get the voice from me. I tested the microphone with an online tool and it was fine. Can anyone give me an explanation for this? Does it happen often here?

Thanks in advance.

December 3, 2014



Welcome to Duolingo! Did you at some point click on "can't use microphone right now"? Take a look at your settings, it might be turned off. (Settings are in a little pop-up menu that appears if you hold the mouse over your username) My experience when the microphone appears not to be working is that its just turned off. Or you might have to update Adobe Flash player and the like. Hope you figure it out!


if you have an ad blocking or pop up blocking program it will often stop the website from turning on the microphone.

Some helpful hints!

Duolingo requires the Adobe Flash plugin to accept speech input, so first ensure that you have Flash installed. If Flash is installed but speech input is still not working, try refreshing the web page in your browser. If this does not fix the problem, try closing and reopening the browser. If none of these solutions work, make sure you do not have any browser extensions installed that would block the Flash plugin. Some extensions known to interfere with Flash include Ghostery, Adblock, Flashblock, and DNT.

Source: https://www.duolingo.com/help


I'm experiencing the same issue. DL has been working fine yesterday and everything went smoothly, but today it feels like there's a huge lag or something. Everything loads slowly and the microphone has either recognizing anything or it takes such a long time for it to recognize my speech. Maybe it has something to do with the new progress bar, I don't know. :/

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