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Change The Duolingo Font For Klingon

So I was doing some Klingon lessons today, and I typed in a lowercase l (which looks like "l") and I got the question wrong because it was actually an uppercase i (which looks like "I") the font used in the question did used very similar "l" and "I", so can you all please consider changing the font used in questions on Duolingo to make the course easier? Thank you

March 16, 2018

9 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan2538

Good news! Chrome Web Store has a browser extension called Font Changer:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/font-changer-with-google/jgjhhoglgjdklldfgoffdiaceffijeke?utm_source=chrome-ntp-icon

I've installed it and set the font to Verdana.

Then I refreshed Duolingo and the font is all in Verdana.


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

Oh dang, this is awesome! Much thanks!


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

Ideally, you should learn fairly quickly that Klingon phonology only allows the following patterns, where "C" is a consonant and "V" is a vowel:

CV CVC CVrgh CVw' CVy'

(Klingon consonants transcribed with multiple letters in Latin script, such as "ch" and "tlh", count as single consonants.)

This means that it's impossible for "I" (eye), which is a vowel, and "l" (ell), which is a consonant, to occupy the same place in a word.


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

While this may be true, it makes for a learning curve that may discourage students. So they might not stick around long enough to catch on. While I personally prefer san-serif fonts for most things, I find that Klingon is easier to track in a serif font. I hope that Duolingo recognizes this and allows the great team working on this course the ability to change it to make things more welcoming to new learners.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Qov-jIH-je

I think even if they use the font changer at first, that they will learn to read it without needing the help of the font, so no harm done and it will help some.


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

If at some point in the future the Klingon alphabet will be incorporated instead of the latin transcription, it would be really awesome :) And would solve the problem wit the l and I...


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

I really like the way the Russian course has incorporated that option and I hope we can someday implement the same thing in the Klingon course. But we have more important problems right now and it will have to wait until the future.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kay.lee.831

You can change the font on your computer. I've also been having this problem.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Susan2538

I've customised the fonts on my Chrome browser but it's still the same font on Duolingo.

I think they should change it to make it easier to tell the small L and capital i apart.

This is small L: l

This is capital i: I
They both look nearly the same except for a tiny curl at the bottom of the small L.

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