https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OonaLinnett

Hubby has to translate from English and speak into microphone, but I only ever get asked to repeat

My husband and I just started learning Italian. I've noticed that he sometimes has to translate from the English and speak into the microphone. However, I NEVER get a question like this. When I do it I only have to imitate the Italian, I never have to translate from the English and then speak into the microphone. Why is this?

January 30, 2015

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

There have been a few requests asking for the ability to translate from English into your target language. Up until now this has not been available.

However, this may be part if another A/B test with your husband in the trial group. I don't know of course but that is a possibility.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dessamator

It has been A/B tested for a very long time. So maybe there is something that triggers it.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OonaLinnett

Ah, possibly yes. If that's true it would appear people are selected at random to participate in trials, and without their knowledge?

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/psionpete

That is true. We are just laboritory rats and they feed us with language lessons. Don't they say there is no such thing as a free lunch.

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OonaLinnett

Haha :-)

January 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/liamdunn27

I've not done Italian, but in the languages I've tried I've never once gotten a question that asked me to translate and then speak. Always just listen and repeat…

January 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dzondzi2

I have a similar problem... my partner is learning Spanish and he has to use microphone, but I am studying Portuguese and have never been asked to speak - whether on PC or Android device. My settings say Microphone On. What gives?

February 1, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/skelkingur

You can activate the microphone quizzes in the settings (Microphone: On). However a lot of people don't like this as it doesn't always work properly.

January 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/OonaLinnett

Thanks for replying! Skelkingur, I don't see anything else in the settings regarding the microphone- it's either on or off. Mine is already on.....hm :- Or am I missing something?

January 30, 2015
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