No Speaking Exercises

I used to practice Duolingo all the time on my iPad, but for some reason, speaking exercises no longer show up. I've checked to make sure that speaking exercises are enabled and that my microphone is also enabled, but it still doesn't work.

May 1, 2015


What language were you learning when you had the speaking exercises, and is this the same language now? Some languages (like Swedish) don't have a speaking component yet.

What about on the website, can you practice speaking on the website? The answer will help narrow down where the problem is.

Is it possible that you've set your iPad to not allow Duolingo mic access?

May 1, 2015

I'm learning Portuguese. I have checked my mic setting on my iPad for Duolingo, and it is enabled. I haven't tried it on the website, but I will tomorrow.

May 1, 2015

Portuguese is established enough that they probably have speaking exercises, so that's probably not the issue.

Having the mic setting enabled is under Duolingo's control, but you can also tell your device to not let an application use another part of your device, like the Contacts or your location or the mic. You can see what has access to your mic by following these instructions.

When I get a strange behavior on my phone, I usually follow these steps and one of them fixes it: force the application to quit; shut down, wait, then restart; log out of the application and log back in; check for updates; and as a last resort, reinstall the application. Usually just restarting the phone does the trick, but you might have an account-level error that requires logging out or reinstalling.

Good luck!

May 1, 2015

I did everything you told me to do, but it still won't load the speaking exercises.

May 1, 2015

I wonder whether you're in an a/b test? Follow the instructions here and see if there's anything related to speaking in the list. You can be in different a/b test groups for Android, iOS and the web.

Hopefully someone else will come along and shed more light on this.

FWIW, I just did a refreshing in Spanish on my phone and got speaking exercises. So at least it's not a global, all languages, all versions of the iOS app change. (I'm using the latest app for the iPhone, running iOS 7.)

Side question: Do speaking exercises usually pop up in lessons, or just refreshing? I'm working through the Spanish -> English tree so I've turned off the speaking exercises.

May 1, 2015

Thanks, I found that that was the problem. However, I can't figure out how to change the settings on my a/b test.

May 2, 2015

Unfortunately, you can't really change the a/b settings, though I think some have managed it on the website end. You'll basically have to wait it out until they've figured out what they want to do about the speaking exercises. It might be worth asking on the language-specific forum for ideas about practicing speaking in the meantime.

May 2, 2015

How long does it usually take for them to change the settings?

May 3, 2015

Somehow, I managed to get speaking exercises again, so woohoo! But something that I found weird was I checked my a/b test settings and "ios_new_speak_sever_test" was still set to false. Maybe that pertains to another unrelated thing?

May 6, 2015
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