Today is a good day to hear Klingon!
The process of adding audio to the Duolingo Klingon course has begun! There are still bugs in the system and it is going to take us a long time to get audio added to many of the sentences. Please don't report or complain in the discussions about bugs or missing audio for a while. Give us a chance to work on it. We do encourage you to go back to the early Skills and see if you can get some sentences with audio to check it out!
Other courses often give you the option to also play a slower version, but I don't think we're going to get that option. So I figured I would go nice and slow and clear, especially in the early lessons. In the Hawaiian course I think one of the speakers is too fast and I appreciate the slower speakers a lot more. But maybe I'll speed up as I go along to challenge the users more as they progress.
I tend to think that Klingon is spoken naturally slower than English. There are Klingon speakers who rattle off Klingon without the slightest gap between words, let alone coming up for air. It sounds very odd to me. I think Klingon speech should be more... I can't think of the word... st-something... precise and cut-off rather than flowing.
If spoken crisply and pronounced at normal speed, not quick English-conversation speed, listeners should have the least trouble. Think of Kruge's speech in Star Trek III or Okrand's speech in the language tapes. Not run together but not so laboriously slow that you can't get a real feel for how the language sounds. A course listener can replay sentences as often as they like.
Staccato, yes. jIQochbe'. Continue to hold us to account.
There's one episode of Discovery where the director didn't like the staccato sound of Klingon and tried to get the actors to pronounce it without the glottal stops. The director thought it should sound more flowing, like French or Italian. Fortunately the actors and the vocal coach all had my back.