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Klingon alphabet - could we get a pronunciation guide

It would be very helpful to have a pronunciation guide, especially since there is no audio yet.

March 16, 2018


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Hab SoSlI' Quch.

March 18, 2018


If you check out the Klingon Language Institute (kli.org) they have a whole page on how to pronounce the alphabet and some useful phrases. You don't need to be a paying member to access it either.

https://www.kli.org/about-klingon/sounds-of-klingon/ https://www.kli.org/about-klingon/klingon-phrases/

March 19, 2018


If you read the tips and notes of the first Sounds lesson, there are some hints for the pronunciation of the language. It even explains why some letters are capitalized (I guess since it was originally written for a TV show, it needed to be accessible to monolingual English speakers while being foreign-sounding to everyone so the capitalizations are some quick notes about pronunciation).

For IPA examples, this page on Omniglot is rather helpful (even providing plqaD). https://www.omniglot.com/conscripts/klingon.htm

March 16, 2018


I haven't gotten to the sounds Skill yet.

Klingon is strange-looking enough that I really want to be able to say the words as I learn them, and I would like to start with the correct pronunciations so I don't have top relearn them later.

I realize that the Duolingo course is probably not meant to be completely stand alone, but I think it is a good idea to at least include a pronunciation guide at the beginning without forcing learners to go hunting for one elsewhere on the web before they can really start to learn the first lessons.

March 16, 2018


Here's another useful source. It's nice because it includes links to info about some of the unfamiliar sounds that exist in Klingon: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/Klingon

I guess I can't say I'm shocked that the team didn't want to start off with trying to have new learners understand how to produce an uvular affricate. Maybe they'll put something together in time and sticky it.

March 16, 2018


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March 24, 2018


Stay tuned for a pleasant surprise! ;)

March 17, 2018


Just in case you haven't been back for a while, but are following this old discussion, Duolingo Klingon now has audio, and I'm stoked about it!

June 14, 2019


Maybe there is one later in the course...?

March 16, 2018
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