Feature Request: Speaking-only Practice
I don't have enough Spanish speakers around me regularly, so when I do get the chance to speak my brain is often ill-prepared.
It'd be great if there were an alternate Practice mode in Duolingo, which consisted ONLY of the speak into the microphone english -> spanish exercise. Then I could practice more regularly the ability to think a thought and quickly speak it in the language I'm learning.
That's not a bad idea! What about when the Spanish is spoken and you have to write it in English? I like those ones. Maybe they say it in Spanish and you speak the translation into the mic? Hope duo is listening...
Maybe a dialog feature, where a question is asked in the language and you have to answer back. There is the feature where you read the sentence then say it but it doesn't really teach you to think and construct the sentence.
Duolingo is designed to teach you the language overall in one fluid game, not in little designable minigames. If you want to practice speaking in Spanish and having something see whether you're pronouncing it right or not, you can use the speaking tool on google and see how closely what is typed lines up with what you said. If you want to practice just speaking in general, there are several websites designed to find you native speakers trying to learn english and you sort of trade help, and in addition you can sort of just talk to yourself. For example, next time you're just walking around your house, practice by pointing at things and describing them, or talking about your plans for tomorrow, or telling your cat about how much homework you have to do.
Great suggestion about using speech recognition software to practice pronunciation! I'm definitely going to try that.
We really need this feature. I trully believe it would increase the rate at which learners become fluent in a language. Speaking what you hear and read would give the learner a good reason to actually speak the language without having to mannually type words. It also would encourage leaners to actually speak when they may not have any chances to based on a lack of native speakers.
This is a great idea. I can do most of the lessons at work, but my work computer does not have a microphone, so I have to skip the speaking part and do it at home. When I'm home, I wish I could just to the speaking to catch up instead of doing entire lessons/practices.
If you use the chrome browser, you can add Duolingo Tweaks which does exactly this -- when doing "strengthen skills" (not a particular skill) it allows you to pick which types of questions you want to answer. It adds a few other enhancements as well.
Go to the Wiki:
Then click "Duolingo Tweaks".
I really would love something like this. Going from English to French is quite hard when I have no one who knows exactly how to pronounce things, and I'm not sure all the time. The only reason I can do it for Portuguese is because I've been practicing for years, and have shelled out a couple thousand dollars from my pocket to have lessons. This would be an absolutely amazing feature.