Duo and SNL
Duo was just featured in a SNL skit. Must be a first:)
How about these scenarios for SNL bits? Guy travels to International Space station and wants to keep his streak. He sees sunrises every 45 minutes. What time zone to use? Who's the Internet service provider and how much? I volunteer to go on the show as the bumbling astronaut ignoring all the assigned experiments, "Don't bother me, I got to gets more XP to advance in the leagues. Besides I gots a streak to maintain. Go away, don't bother me."
Here I am getting ready to go to Mars to join the colony. What language do they speak on Mars? Please tell me it's anyone but AT&T as the Internet service provider.
The last bit my crazy mind thought of. Extraterrestrials have landed in Erney, Pennsylvania, USA. They announce they desire an alien discount for a Duolingo subscription and are eager to join Duolingo and conquer the Leagues. With an average lifespan of 1,000 years they are eager to also start their streaks.
Thank you Louiswu15 for this post, and sharing this fun also with us all.
edited: check out https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/34894277 by vivisaurus
my post and reference: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/34885743
As for others, I also have not been able to watch it, until just recently it came up in my twitter feed.
In case this may assist others, here is the link that worked here in Australia:
Or this one, that is a bit "rough" around the edges" that may work for some, and will give you an idea of the "finished" skit that is doing the rounds : - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSKyqPg-G2M
Other commentary/links to this skit may be accessible for some through:
Though again, from here in Australia, none of those links would give me access to the clip.
Ever feel super awkward talking to a child? Kristen Stewart demonstrated this awkwardness perfectly in an SNL sketch. .... The modified program helps adults communicate with kids without sounding lame. ...
The app teaches her some key phrases that are sure to win over children, such as “Very cool, bud,” and “I like your backpack.” It helps you master that complicated I Got Your Nose game—always a fun time. And it teaches you to communicate with kids in a variety of scenarios and settings: Talking to a friend’s new baby, interacting with kids in public places like restrooms, or a bus.
The skit then becomes a commercial for language app Duolingo, but specifically "for talking to children." The child-friendly app is designed for "grown people who need to learn to talk to kids, because their friends are starting to have them."
Stewart breezes through practice phrases such as "Very cool, bud," "chicken fingers" and "I like your backpack," but then hits a speed bump when she realizes it's no longer acceptable to call a young girl "pretty."
"You look not pretty," Stewart mutters, meeting a girl in a princess costume. "I mean, you're sweet, I mean, you're an engineer one day."
The sketch ends with a cringe-worthy high five between "SNL" cast member Kyle Mooney and a kid, making us wish Duolingo would release this app for real.
and I (daKanga) will also add here, hinting at another course, for "How to talk to Dads."
This skit comes with a warning - not for children.
Also be aware, it is not produced by Duolingo. Duolingo is constantly changing and reviewing its material. And that also the sentences mentioned may not be a part of Duolingo, also due to the constant review and production of material that is undertaken in all courses.
Abuse is taken seriously by Duolingo.
Now with those issues initially commented on, this skit may amuse those who are older, especially as we have just passed Halloween.
Check out this discussion: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/12126497
I must be a grinch. I thought the skit was meh. I'd have enjoyed a take on someone using Duo for only a couple months trying to have a full on conversation in their target language (and failing miserably) - like sticking doggedly only to the phrases they learned in the first skill trees.
Native speaker: "¡Hola! ¿Cómo estás?"
Duo student: >.> "Yo bebo, tú bebes, él bebe."
Native speaker: "¿Que?"
Duo student: <.< "Yo como pan."
Either that or something around the useless Lingots. ;)
I just feel the sketch as they wrote it was a bit of a stretch. But I bet SNL is happy it was a hit with some folks.