Duolingo tlhIngan Hol "Tinycard"'s

jupwI' / My friends,

For the past several months, starting from the early days of the Duolingo Klingon course, I have been creating decks of Tinycards while proceeding through the lessons. Personally, I have found the cards very useful in remembering the largely unfamiliar vocabulary, and since they seem to have been attracting other users (over 300 at last count), others are apparently finding them useful as well.

Now that I am fast approaching the end of the course, I think that this project has reached a sufficiently advanced stage for an announcement here in the Klingon forum and a list of links to the various decks for anyone interested in trying them out (or using them as a base to create their own decks).

I have tried to respect certain design principles -- mostly to minimise typing. Each set is around 50 cards, which I have found to be a good length. Klingon verbs which correspond to English verbs (as opposed to English adjectives) are generally presented in their third-person singular form (so Sup is presented as "jumps"). Inflected forms are generally left out, so I include vong (hypnotises) but exclude vongwI' (hypnotist). Proper nouns or Klingon-specific words with no English equivalent (like wo'rIv or sargh) are excluded. Each word is assigned one meaning, typically the one that appears most often in Duolingo; I don't put multiple meanings on a single card separated by commas, slashes or parentheses. Words with multiple, completely different meanings that appear in the same Duolingo unit (like SoQ, which means "a speech" or "to be closed"), are excluded.

So here are decks:

Duolingo Klingon 1 (Rows 1-3):
Duolingo Klingon 2 (Rows 4-5):

First Checkpoint

Duolingo Klingon 3 (Row 6):
Duolingo Klingon 4 (Rows 7-9):
Duolingo Klingon 5 (Row 10):

Second Checkpoint

Duolingo Klingon 6 (Row 11):
Duolingo Klingon 7 (Row 12 + the "Family" Unit in Row 13):
Duolingo Klingon 8 (Remainder of Row 13):
Duolingo Klingon 9 (Rows 14-16):
Duolingo Klingon 10 (Row 17):

Third Checkpoint

Duolingo Klingon 11 (Rows 18-19):
Duolingo Klingon 12 (Row 20):
Duolingo Klingon 13 (Row 21):
Duolingo Klingon 14 (Rows 22-23):
Duolingo Klingon 15 (Rows 24-25):

Final Checkpoint (Deck 15 actually straddles the checkpoint)

Duolingo Klingon 16 (Rows 26-28):
Duolingo Klingon 17 (Rows 29-31):
Duolingo Klingon 18 (Rows 32-34):
Duolingo Klingon 19 (Rows 35-36):

I also created an additional deck to drill the verb prefixes, all based on the verb yaj:

Duolingo Klingon - Verb Prefixes:

My decks do not include the numbers 0-10, since another user has created a deck devoted to them which I used and found effective:

Klingon Numbers 0-10:

pe'vIl tIlo'!


August 11, 2018


Thank you so much!!! This is an excellent resource.

August 16, 2018


August 21, 2018

Mike. It's a fantastic learning experience that you've created. I've only done the very first set, but I can tell that I'll enjoy working through all of them. Congratulations, and thanks.

August 20, 2018

SoHvaD lI'mo' 'echletHom jIQuchqu'! Qapla'!

August 21, 2018

batlh Dabajpu'. Qapla'.

August 22, 2018

You are right. I really do enjoy them.

August 23, 2018

Thank you for these, I'm using them to help memorizing words. But I noticed one typo: In card group 5 subgroup 4, Tail -> thluQ should be "tlhuQ".

Also, I noticed that you are using British spelling conventions, which is a bit inconvenient, as the course uses American english conventions, i.e. Honour <-> Honor, -ise vs. -ize
Not a deal breaker of course, and completely your choice, but I get more errors than it needs because of this.

September 15, 2018

@mike-lima: qatlhlo'! tlhuQ echletHom vItI'ta'. / Thanks! I have repaired the tlhuQ card.

I take your point about American spellings; I originally created the cards for myself so I used the spelling that I am most used to. I could enable the "allow typos" mode for each set which would result in the American spellings being accepted, but it would also result in lots of incorrect Klingon answers being accepted. I think the better solution may be to simply to use the "I was right" feature whenever TinyCards objects to the American spelling.

Thanks for feedback! Qapla' batlh je!

September 15, 2018

Thank you so much! All of these are so helpful - especially the verb prefixes.

October 15, 2018

@fractal_shadow: jIQuch. Qapla'!

October 15, 2018
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