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

Possible to selectively disable sounds?

I like duolingo and the fact that I can drill as much as I want. Having said that, is it possible to disable the 'trumpet sound' that plays after I run out of hearts? I like everything else about the sound-feedback, but this particular sound has been bugging me. It reminds me of that annoying sound older versions of Windows had, where the sound played was loud and stress inducing. I notice that I get annoyed and exasperated by this. Is any other person having the same reaction as me? Is there a way to block the sound using a change in my browser? I am using google chrome. Sorry for making the first comment a complaint.

September 26, 2013

3 Comments


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

It annoys me because it's such a comical sound effect that it makes me feel stupid. It's the kind of sound effect that goes with tripping over your own feet and falling face-first into a cowpat. While on your way to a job interview. In this way it's quite useful because it's a strong motivation to be as careful as possible answering questions. On the other hand it doesn't really go with the crying owl: for that sound effect, the owl should be hooting wildly with mocking laughter while pointing at you.

In answer to your question: as far as I know, sound effects are all or nothing. You can disable them in "settings", but you can't get rid of the wah-wah-wah without losing the fanfares too.

September 26, 2013

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

Yeah, that was my impression as well. Good to know that there is at least one person who shares my view regarding the sound being discouraging. :-)

September 30, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ginger84709

I agree too! The fanfare and chimes are very annoying. And while I am here... I wish the option to auto continue when answer the questions would make things better for me.

January 24, 2016
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