Voice Recognition Setup

Our voice recognition technology works with HTML5-enabled browsers on a desktop or laptop computer, which include:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Internet Explorer Edge 

Voice recognition is not available on:

  • mobile devices, including tablets and smartphones
  • standard versions of Internet Explorer
  • Safari on desktop and laptop computers

If you are currently using Internet Explorer or Safari on a desktop or laptop computer, you will need to download either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox in order to utilize voice recognition.  Both  Chrome and Firefox are available for free and are very safe to use on your computer.

Checking microphone settings for Mac:

You can use your device's microphone, a headset, or an external or USB microphone with our voice recognition. To ensure that your microphone is enabled on your Mac, open System Preferences > Sound > Input.

Select the device that you want to use as your microphone.  If you are using a Macbook laptop, the default option will be "Internal Microphone", which can be used as is or with headphones/earbuds that have a microphone built in.

If you've had trouble getting Fluencia to pick up your voice, you might want to try adjusting the input volume in System Preferences by moving the white slider to the right.  You can test the microphone by speaking into it.  The little bars next to "Input Level" will light up according to the volume of your voice coming through.

Checking microphone settings for Windows:

You can use your device's microphone, a headset, or an external or USB microphone with our voice recognition. To ensure that your microphone is enabled on your PC or Windows device, open Control Panel > Sound.

Depending on the version of Windows you're using, your Control Panel might look a little different from what's shown here. If you select the "Show Classic View" option, you should be able to easily find the sound option.

In the new window that appears, click the 'recording' tab. Right-click on the "Recording" window and make sure that "Show Disabled Devices" is selected. Ensure that the microphone you want to use is enabled.

Using voice recognition in Fluencia lessons:

After testing your volume levels and making sure that your device is registering sound, you can try a Fluencia lesson with voice recognition enabled. First, go to  your profile (under your name in the top right corner of the screen).  Once you're on your profile screen, scroll down to the bottom of the page to 'Account settings', make sure that the box next to  "Enable voice recognition on supported browsers" is checked, and then click 'Save.'

Once you've enabled voice recognition, you will start receiving the prompt below on vocabulary lessons and unit review lessons.

The first time that you come to one of these questions, you may be prompted to allow app.fluencia.com to use your microphone. If so, you will see a gray screen and a pop-up like the one below. For Chrome, you'll click "Allow," and for Firefox you'll click "Share Selected Device."


You'll be asked to test out your microphone by clicking the blue microphone icon and saying  "vámonos."  Once the microphone icon turns dark pink, you're recording! 

If your input is too quiet or your pronunciation isn't quite right, you'll receive feedback to try again.

Once our voice recognition accepts your test question, the microphone icon will turn green and you can click the "Continue" button to start the lesson. Voice recognition questions will show up throughout the lesson. You'll be speaking Spanish like a native in no time!