Duolingo Just Made It Possible For You To Learn Klingon
Baktag! Any diehard Trekkie worth their salt knows what that word means. (But please don't take it personally.) For the rest of us, the app-based learning company Duolingo recently announced that users can now learn the famous fictional language in just five minutes a day.
Klingons spoke English until the language first appeared on-screen in 1979 in Star Trek: The Movie. It was the brainchild of actor James Doohan, who played Scotty, and the producer Jon Povill. Over the years the language fleshed out: more words, phrases, and even dialects were added to the lexicon. The Klingon Dictionary was published in 1985, and an extended version was released in 1992. After 40 years there are still only a handful of people who are truly fluent in the language – and now thanks to Duolingo, you can get close.
"Many Star Trek fans become curious about the Klingon language at some point, but learning a language takes time, energy and regular practice, especially when you're just starting out," explained course creator Felix Malmenbeck. "Therefore, if the language isn't one of your primary interests, chances are you'll end up investing that energy elsewhere, whether it's cosplay, fan fiction, reading novels or any of the multitude of forms that fandom can take. The Duolingo course should help lower that barrier to entry by giving people a simple way to get regular exercise with the language."
According to Alphr, over 170,000 people are on the waiting list to take Duolingo's Klingon course – you'll have to be patient if you want to, say, curse out your roommate for eating the last of the Tostitos pizza rolls. Once you're conversational in the language, you can join the 759 other Qo'noS enthusiasts in the @tlhInganHol subreddit to perfect your pronunciation and master the finer points of profanity. After all, what good is knowing a language if it can't get you both into and out of a bar fight?
Get your Klingon learning on here.