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Duolingo on Twitter
Duolingo is a language-learning platform, which is free to use and syncs up across multiple platforms, currently PC, Android, iOS and Windows Phone. On 9 April 2015, duolingo has anounced a Klingon version of it on Twitter (1) (2). In May 2015 there were over 23,300 people signed up to be notified once the course becomes available, in February 2016 there are 64,000. In June 2017, the number was almost 130,000. The estimated launch date was set for August 2016, but was postponed to Augst 2017.

The course was eventually launched (in beta version) for public on March 15, 2018 (3)


People have been able to apply to teach Klingon since the day the Incubator launched in October 2013, but it's only been picked up now about a year later. Even before the launch, Klingon was featured in some of the first publicity material for the Incubator, displayed on a flag in the background (4)


Development and Problems

The development process was at 0% in May 2015, and has increased up to 20% in December. Testing out the software began in April 2015, looking at the challenges and opportunities it presents, and trying to create a basic structure for the first part of the course. Initially there were quite a few technical issues that stunted the progress: It seems the system was not invented with an agglutinating, case-sensitive, apostrophe-using language in mind. However, Duolingo's staff has been incredibly helpful, and the most troublesome problems have been either engineered away or circumvented.

Until the end of 2015, the first part of the course had gone through a few iterations; the first few attempts that André Müller and Felix Malmenbeck had made wound up having too little interesting vocabulary to create varied sentences with, or using lots of unexplained grammar.


Most of the work so far has been done by swedish Klingonist Felix Malmenbeck (5) and the German klingonist Philip Newton. In February 2016, the ones working on the course are Felix Malmenbeck (86%), Jeremy Cowan (5%), Doug Henning, and Philip Newton. (6) In March 2018, the duolingo page mentions these numbers: Philip Newton 59%, Felix Malmenbeck: 33%, Jeremy Cowan 4%.

How can I help?

There are several really good applications from people who'd like to join the team, and they are currently working for the admins to unlock two more positions. More positions will open up gradually, so if you feel like you have the knowledge and energy to contribute, head over to the Duolingo Incubator and send in an application.

Once we have a working version of the course, the course will enter beta testing. At this point, it's crucial that we have a lot of people participating:
  • Experienced klingonists can contribute by taking the course and looking for mistakes, complaining that their correct translations were deemed incorrect by the system, commenting on the finer points of aspect and other pieces of grammar, and so forth.
  • New and intermediate learners can also take the course, so that they can point out if it's too difficult or too easy; if there's too much repetition or too little; if the explanation texts make sense to a new learner.
  • Help is needed to fine-tune the course to be accessible, interesting and fun! It is the creator's sincere hope that within a few months' time, any of Duolingo's 20 million active users will be able to start learning Klingon with a few flicks of their thumb, and that many of them will discover that it's actually a really interesting language.

See also


1 : Twitter announcement of Duolingo on 9 April 2015

2 : Klingon for humans is in the Incubator!, announced 09 April 2015

3 : Duolingo's next language course: Star Trek's Klingon on Mashable, By Monica Chin on March 15, 2018

4 : coming October 9th: the Duolingo Language Incubator, Duolingo homepage 2013

5 : (es) Duolingo añadirá cursos de Klingon gratuitos a su aplicación, 11 April 2015

6 : Message to the Mailing List by Felix Malmenbeck of 05 February 2016

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