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

Introducing the Duolingo Pillow!

Guaranteed language fluency overnight.

Check it out at: http://pillow.duolingo.com

April 1, 2016

213 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cliff900

This is not a new technology. Something like this was proposed at least 5 years ago by a scientific research group at Oxford. However, they couldn't get enough funding to move past the prototype phase. According to their initial tests, it was shown that morning neck pain can reduce Actual Perceived Pillow Language-Learning Expectation (APPLE) by as much as 32.7%.

So, my question is: Will you be providing a memory foam option which will conform to the contours of my head and prevent neck pain? I want to make sure that I retain as much as I can.


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

Memory foam!! HA!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janey89

You, sir, are a genius. Take my Lingots.


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

When is [insert language] pillow coming out?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th4V7

Do you mean pick your own language to fit your needs?


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

No, he means a pillow that digs a hole in your head and inserts language.


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

프로필사진이 귀여우시네요ㅎㅎ


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

I wish this was real:)


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

In your dreams...;D


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

Ba dum tss...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jack.Elliot

I hope it is under copyright

just like the German Immersion


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/filipino4tune

omg, 935 day streak, how many lingots do you have? O.O


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

Waaaaa! A Japanese pillow! Just another 23 years, but such a pillow is worth the wait. :D


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

It's great that they retain a sense of humor regarding the Japanese course... :-)


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

And it only takes twice as long to learn as the European languages!

Extra sleep, here I come!


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

I'll just take the extra sleep, with or without Japanese, thank you very much.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

I might even be willing to pay a few dollars for it.


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

This question is out of the topic but did is you get a level 2 Hindi badge?


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

The Hindi course escaped into beta a few days ago, I thought it was out (but did wonder about the missing audio) and did a few lessons, but directly after that it was caught and dragged back to phase 1 again...


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

Well, Annika, that's called dedication - to try a new language out at that hour and at that place!

You would make a good alpha tester, when the time comes :)


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

You would make a good alpha tester

The nicest possible compliment on Duolingo! :-))) Thank you!


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

@jitengore: Hard! :-S New scripts are my kryptonite...

(But then again, it was 6 am, and I was only mentally prepared for some quick Russian streak extending on my phone while cleaning my teeth in a communal bathroom, hurrying so not as to miss my flight... I'll have to redo those lessons with some added focus once the course is actually up and running! :-) )


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

How did you find it? :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JohnReid8

That was quite a glitch, the Hindi course isn't even 2/3 done yet.

Technically (from my point of view) you've alpha tested the course, so why not apply as an alpha tester.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/68dustin

A Japanese one?!?!?!!? Cool!


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

What is the exchange rate from dollars to Lingots? (I love where it takes me when I go to buy it :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th4V7

That would be awesome if we could exchange lingots for real money.


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

Heck, I'd be happy to exchange them for chocolate :)


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

Try the "Lingt" chocowlate:

LinGt Chocolate


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasGabr13

and to eat it too


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

They should accept lingots for the Duolingo pillows.


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

You can. Once you earn a lot of honest lingots, you are able to embrace better money paying opportunities.


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

Practicing on Duolingo did help me to get a pay raise so you are right on the money with your comment.


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

Excellent. I hope it covers local colour, like spaghetti trees.


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

The Italian Pillow actually includes a special pasta ordering feature so you should be all set.


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

No, you don't realise how important it is to have your spaghetti freshly harvested and served with newly caught haggis (they are very difficult to hunt as they can walk along very steep hillsides without falling off due to the fact that their legs are longer on one side than the other to compensate for the slope)


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

The haggis must be the (partly) longer-legged Scottish cousin of the German dem Dönertier (here incorrectly written with a "das").


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

Yes, the haggis and Dönertier are both members of the family Ludificare gestii which appears worldwide except for small pockets of stony ground where it cannot survive. :-))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

Do you live in Scotland too? We should get together for a haggis hunt sometime!


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

Sadly my haggis hunting days are over after I was savaged by a rogue haggishound brought by this chap called Baskerville. A nasty business!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

Ah yes, you've got to be careful with those haggishounds... they're as dangerous as the haggis themselves!

Just noticed for the first time... SPAGHETTI with haggis??!!!? You've blown your cover, my friend... No true Scot ever eats spaghetti with haggis. You're an English spy!!


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

@Theron 26 ..... AN ENGLISH SPY!! How could you? My clan will be sharpening their sgianan dubh as we speak. My injuries from the hunting accident left me craving spaghetti with haggis .... I think the hound may have been a pasta-iche.


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

Your water guns and fire hoses hold no fear for my clan ..... our dry wit will dessicate your weapons and disable your army!

@frenchlearner53 ..... we have the claidheamh-mòr ... obviously!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

Sharpen your sgianan dubh as much as you like - my clan has louder bagpipers :-p


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

My clan has ear plugs! (in the clan tartan of course)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

For want of an earplug a kingdom was lost... but I digress. My clan is armed with water guns and fire hoses with which to knock the earplugs from your ears and leave your barbarian hordes at the mercy of our pipers.


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

Oh, the rest of the clan don't eat spaghetti with haggis .... that's just me :-)))


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

First earplugs, and now dry wit - have you forgotten the ancient rules of chivalry??


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

Forget chivalry .... we want to win!

Don't forget you have gravely insulted me and by extension my tribe ..... we HAVE to win in order to satisfy our honour!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

I fear that disappointment awaits you then. We will never submit to a clan of spaghetti-eaters!


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

Ha! South of the Border WE have Colin "F**t-at-France" Furze and his Thermite Launcher to incinerate the haggis in the heather.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEoqrjFX1yI


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/frenchlearner53

Who has the claidheamh-mòr?


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

Yes! the annual spaghetti harvest, I remember it well ..... Why do they never televise it any more? .... Come on BBC, where is your coverage this year?


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

For the "Scottish Spy", the Italian Pillow will allow you to eat your Haggis with Pasta.


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

Are you calling me a SCOTTISH SPY!! ..... I am feeling persecuted .... first Theron accuses me of being an English spy ... now you think I'm a Scottish one ..... whatever next ..... Surely it's obvious to anyone by now that I am of course spying on behalf of the Empire of Etc and Whatnot!! ....... Mind you ..... will the pillow, REALLY let me eat Haggis with my pasta or are you just getting my hopes up ?


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

I already spend a good amount of time on Duolingo. Apparently the night, too, is going to get some Duolingo touches.


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

It is awesome to hear that the Japanese pillow is in the making too, suggesting that the Japanese for English is in the works!

Happy April 1st!


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

You need to add "pillow talk" updates to your incubator posts ;)


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

Keep calm and celebrate April Fool's Day pillow

But don't stop believing in the dream...

There's a vision in your heart
Only you can achieve
You can climb the highest mountains
If you only believe

-- Okazaki Ritsuko


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Suprnova123

They made a new subdomain just for an April Fools joke. XD


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

So wonderful! I'll be disappointed if it doesn't work for my cats as well.


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

Alpha testers
Alpha testers 喵喵


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

That is exactly what we looked like when we alpha-tested Norwegian tree 2.0!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naylor1993

It wouldn't let me buy one???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naylor1993

Jes, mi sxercis... -_-


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th4V7

Do you have a general language pillow that allows you to master all the languages?


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

I feel so ridiculous for taking this seriously for about 2 minutes ahahahaha what have you done? :D


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

Does it come with a comforter where we can learn slang terms or listen to music in a different language? lol!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

You can listen to music in a different language anyway :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MBgfHmJcMQ


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dc108
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Thanks, Theron, a beautifully sung choral work. I don't know what the words mean, not studying Russian so far; but it sounds like an impassioned song a mother might sing about her children or Mother Russia? in times of peril, perhaps a war, considering the video? Thanks again!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

To be honest, I find the words pretty hard to follow too, they're a lot harder than most other songs I know. But I think your understanding isn't far off. Glad you liket it!


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

Why isn't it in an owl shape?! ಠ_ಠ


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

Would using this make me a pillowglot?


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

Last year it was floppy and now pillows.


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

Floppy? What happened last year? T_T


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Emily950741

For about 30 seconds I forgot it was April Fool's Day...XD


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

I want one each for French, Russian and German!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th4V7

Put them all on top of each other. Do you learn them all or a combination of all three... I wonder what Fre-ssi-an sounds like.


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

Poisson d'avril !


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

How many of us here would still buy this pillow if it would have the duolingo owl, and would have a speaker on it that would repeat funny phrases from the actual courses? :-)

I know I definitely would (even on April 2nd) :P


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

I really like how a Duolingo staff member endorses it.


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

$99 would be worth it for that. Lol this is awesome.


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

I want Italian so I can order some pasta!!


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

According to some translators I know, the most efficient way to learn a language is through the so-called "pillow dictionary." ... I'll leave the specific details to your imaginations.


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

Now put the technology into a helmet or headband so I can learn all day.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasNixon0

I dunno, seems a little fishy.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ThomasGabr13

You will learn the language you most deeply desire, the language of your dreams. You may be surprised!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

$99 - if you had a Russian pillow and it worked, I would pay it.


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

Seriously the best joke so far today! Love the comments. Grazie!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElsaHiggins33

I'm not stupid. I know it's fake. It's too bad that it isn't real though. I was waiting for someone to post an April Fool's joke on all of us but this is so unreal. If my sister got it, it wouldn't have an effect on her. She already speaks Spanish and ASL in her dreams.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/janey89

Oh my God, I absolutely love this. Brilliant April Fools, guys. I love how it links you to the Duolingo homepage when you click to buy one of these pillows.

Is it a commentary on how some people try to sell products that are meant to teach you a language in your sleep? Well played.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/swingbeatnik7

Look at the date!!!


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

But where is the German Pillow?

Oh well, I guess I will go with the Italian Pillow. Then I can have pasta every single day! <3


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

Why don't they come in different language colors?


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

Like the colors of the flags! That would look so cool!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuperNova1353

I actually thought this was real then I saw the price...then looked at my calendar.


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

Do they come with extensions, like custom pillowcase covers to match your language? Or learning blankets? ;P


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

Back in college I used to record my books and listen as I fell asleep. I think it worked as I had an A average. Too bad it's not real.


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

Does a copy of Huxley's Brave New World come with the pillow?


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

And then pillows start a polyglot quiz!


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

See, kids? If you just post a comic on here, you will get bunches of upvotes and lingots.


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

wow. That's quite a lot of upvotes. I didn't know that was possible.


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

this is priceless xx


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/_-C1-_

That is extremely funny xDD I was too shocked to understand it was a joke at first. "Are you kidding me?!" You were xD Thanks Duolingo! ;D


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

Sweet dreams are made of this! ;)


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

¿quién soy yo para discrepar?


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

Ich reise um die Welt und über die sieben Meere...


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

ĉiu estas serĉanta ion.


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

några av dem vill använda dig


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

Alcuni di loro vogliono essere usati da te.


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

Можете ли вы сделать подушку, которая заставляет всех быть хорошим?


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

oh lala, beaucoup de langues partout, mais comment va-t-il manquer le français? moi je ne parlais que 5 mots hier soir et regarde ma fluidité maintenant, me débrouille-je bien très bien ou non? merci beaucoup oreiller magique :)


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

Alguns deles querem abusar de ti.


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

Você está sugerindo que eles nos poderiam sufocar?


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

Tiada orang boleh cakap Melayu? Hmmm...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kiddo-depido

Hem de parlar en moltes lingues per a demostrar que és efectiu?


[deactivated user]

    Well done!


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dalek-Caan

    It's an April Fools Joke.


    [deactivated user]

      Probably April Fool. That is not a prank. I bet you it doesn't work. It goes to home page.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Faith699061

      Awesome!! I love April fools


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

      I want this to be real.


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

      I was kinda hoping for duolingo merchandise, I want that fluffy owl!


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

      It should have been a green pillow


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

      Introducing Duolingo Japanese for English speakers! ~ April fools


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Aku42

      And suddenly, it's become real... well, in the process.


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

      "Available in 2039"


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

      So... before the actual course is ready then :P


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/esgerman12

      That was not a joke?! I have read your comment before I saw that


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

      You got my hopes up for nothing! I'll just have to keep taking English for Japanese speakers instead, i guess.


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

      Japanese is now on iOS and Android! Sadly, the weird Duolingo won't release it on the website.


      [deactivated user]

        Great joke! I love it!


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

        I prefer the "pill owl" method. Take the pill and get polyglot in two hours. Plus bird singing in 27 languages.

        It has the side effect of making your hair green, though.


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

        Lol! What course are you the moderator of? Your avatar is... iconographic. ;)


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

        I'm a global moderator in the forums :)

        And an English <-> Portuguese course moderator.


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

        Happy April Fools day. I wish this was real :D


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

        Does it really work?


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

        Absolutely. It's a revolutionary technology. I hear Wikipedia's making an Wiki-Pillow, which will teach you everything in Wikipedia (all 5 million articles!) overnight. Only $4,000!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Th4V7

        What if people motify what is on Wikipedia? Do you have to update your pillow?


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

        The pillow obviously updates by itself. This is the 21st century!!


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

        That's actually a catchy name, wikipillow.


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

        Good April Fools joke! =D


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SSC00

        Dang I thought it was going to have the Owl on it.


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

        There must be one out there.


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

        Nice April Fools joke :P


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

        This is a joke!! xD When I clicked "Buy" it took me to my Russian tree!


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

        "Japanese pillow - available in 2039." Well played.... :-)


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

        i laughed surprisingly hard at this


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

        LOL Não pode ser real. It seems legit.


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

        Is this real or is it just a prank because when I clicked on buy, I was taken to the main Duolingo page.


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

        'Tis a joke, my friend; but a prank. Observe thine calendar, and thou wilt understand.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/protagonist-chan

        this is sooooooo cool


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ExSquaredOver2

        HOLY @#@#@#!#$#%#(* its science and it looks budy amazing!


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

        Best April Fools Joke, ever.


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

        wait this is a joke right... just wanted to make sure


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/68dustin

        Good one Luis!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CleakYmas4

        I am going to buy one


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Stanislaus_25

        The press release was dated 1 April 2016


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

        cool! has anyone on here tried it?


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

        Is your pillow that good? It's said to be a prank?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/InternetPerson69

        what the hell? if this is real i'll eat my hat and be the happiest person in the world.


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

        Has anyone on this used this? Does it work? If so, i'm definitely getting this!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

        It was an April Fools' joke. It doesn't exist.


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

        Oh ok phew because if we made THAT jump in technology this fast I would be worried. :P


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

        Is this real? How can this possibly work?


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

        How many people have bought this?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

        Click the button to buy and see what happens ;-)


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

        Maybe I will.....


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

        it's a little funny


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

        Oh. My. Gosh... DUDE THAT IS INSANE MAN!


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

        VERY FUNNY. I CAN'T BELIEVE I WAS SO STUPID ENOUGH TO THINK THAT WAS REAL. YOU HAVE MADE ME EXTREMELY MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YoungSpice94

        It has electrolytes, they're what your Brain craves.


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

        damn it lol...soo cool....im a kid having to learn french all cause im going to paris


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SOPHIAGIOR5

        There is no way this is real. Save your money


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Happyaday1

        haha das ist ein April fools joke. Nicht auf den adress auf cliken.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Anthony141396

        omelette du fromage...


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AppleWu9

        Why can't I buy the pillow? It redirects me to a language.


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

        I know this is a joke, but can you actually buy them? (I certainly wouldn't want too, but just wondering)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bensawyer8

        That looks super fake. The website isn't even secured. I wouldn't trust that. It takes time and effort to learn a language not a silly pillow

        Learn a language in just 5 minutes a day. For free.