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Can anyone help me use my mic with the exercises?

I like to listen to the word and then say it and then listen again. That works fine, but when the "La Manzana" comes up and I am supposed to say "the apple", it says it cannot hear me. I speak louder and it says it cannot hear me. my mic works to hear them repeat the words, but not to hear myself. Why? Can anyone help. I think saying it and listening back to my own voice will be a great help in learning. Thanks.

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/animate13

Is there any tech support for Duolingo?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Turn up the input volume ALL the way.

Adjust the placement of the mic, whether that means moving the mic or moving your head. It's possible to be too close, too.

Try to block out as much ambient noise as possible.

Some people find success with a headset mic or earbud mic, if you have either one. It wasn't helpful for my earbuds, but maybe yours are higher quality.

PS: You're in an a/b test where you get to hear your voice back? Cool!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MatheusAnthony

Are you using Duolingo on a mobile or on your computer?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/animate13

on computer.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/animate13

It worked a few times then quit. I clicked the mic and the circle turned green and said stop. I then said the words and clicked stop, and then clicked play and it played it back. But...it only worked a few times and now it is saying it cannot hear me again. I will keep playing around with it. thanks for your help.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
jfGor
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I used to use the mic, but half the time it could not hear me, so I quit. I am surprised that they asked you to record English. Mine was always Spanish.

Another poster offered this information:

https://www.duolingo.com/comment/6964629

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
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I would keep trying because it is a good feature for language learning and understanding. I intend to start using it again when I start the tree over. I may have to get a new mic; Good Luck.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Did you turn up the input volume all the way? My mic behaved exactly like you're describing, and that pretty much fixed it. I do have some days where it doesn't work as well, so there's probably something else going on too. But overall, the input volume was the clincher for me.

PS: I've found that if I'm completely off in my pronunciation or even saying entirely wrong words, the mic will have an even harder time picking up. (Of course, sometimes it catches my mumbles and declares me acceptable.) Are you sure you're being asked to say "apple" and not "manzana"? When I get English prompts, I'm being asked to translate and then speak. But again, maybe you're in an a/b test.

3 years ago

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I did turn it up, but no, that did not help. It hears me once out of about every 10 tries. I just went into settings and turned off using the mic. I hated to do that, but it is too exhausting trying to use it. I just registered for my first classes in Spanish at ASU, so maybe one of my instructors will help me with my mic.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

Maybe the tech support people at school will help. (They're more likely to know the technology than a professor.)

Good luck!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RRR-ENGLISH

That feature doesn't work well. I recommend to deactivate it in the settings.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jfGor
jfGor
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Why would you recommend to deactivate something that is designed to help leaners on Duolingo? If it doesn't work for you so be it. But others like it and use it to further their studies and learning another language.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RRR-ENGLISH

Apparently, It doesn't work for you either. Otherwise this discussion wouldn't have arisen.
The speech recognition technology is still inmature, not only in Duolingo, but in every software that uses it. But I'm not preventing you to use it; how could I?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paul.Morris

This feature is unreliable at best. Some phrases can be virtually impossible to get past the system--not a single word being recognised--while others seem to accept anything. Contrary to the intended design, correctness of pronunciation seems to make little difference.

I would--and do--persist if only because Duolingo offers no other practice of spoken language. I would not, however, necessarily take failure as an indication of poor pronunciation (or success as an indication of good).

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ksredd
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I am having this same problem. Is anyone available to help with this?

1 year ago