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Click Consonants

Does anybody know if any of the language trees on this website contain words that utilize click consonants? If you are not familiar, here is a good example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6WO5XabD-s. I've always been fascinated by theses types of languages and wondered if instances of such pronunciation occur outside of indigenous populations. This skill is similar to the Spanish 'rolling' of the R consonant - which many people find difficult- so I wonder if clicks are difficult for non-native speakers as well.

April 21, 2017



Duolingo does not, as of yet, offer any language that uses click sounds. I believe that the most spoken language with clicks is Zulu, which could be offered some day, but is not in the Incubator at the moment.


The Bantu languages borrowed all their clicks from the Khoisan languages. I certainly heard far more frequent clicks in that video than I ever have listening to people speaking Zulu.

FIO OP: I believe the only click sounds known outside of Africa and of non-Khoisan origin occur in an obsolescent Australian aboriginal ritual language; I can't recall its name at the moment, but it is quite famous in linguistic circles.


I was unaware that Australian aboriginals also used click consonants. Looks like I have more reading to do. Thanks!


Hmmm that is interesting. Zulu is definitively not a language that most people need or care to learn, however once all other options are exhausted then it will probably be added here. Thank you for your input.

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