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Pittsburgh-based Duolingo a fan of talk-to-kids ‘SNL’ sketch

Madasyn Lee
Kristen Stewart learns how to talk to kids, as part of a “Saturday Night Live” sketch on Duolingo.

The writers at “Saturday Night Live” have dreamed up a “brat whisperer” app.

In its latest episode, NBC’s comedy show used the Pittsburgh-based language education app Duolingo to poke fun of people who don’t know how to talk to kids.

Kristen Stewart stars in the clip, which features the fake “Duolingo for Talking to Children” course. By taking the course, she’s finally able to turn out kid-friendly phrases like “Very cool, bud,” and “I like your backpack,” and be prepared for social situations where conversations with kids may occur, like riding the bus or attending a dance recital.

Michaela Kron, a spokeswoman with Duolingo, said the company found the clip hilarious.

They didn’t know SNL was planning the sketch until it aired.

“Seeing ourselves on a show like SNL was a huge moment for us as a brand, and the fact that it happened organically was even cooler!” Kron said.

Kron said, as a joke, the company even temporarily added a “Child for Adult Speakers course” to its Incubator, the platform where new Duolingo courses get developed and existing ones are maintained. Clicking on the link takes people straight to the video of the sketch on SNL’s YouTube channel.

It also tweeted out an inquiry about what “other awkward situations” people could use a Duolingo course for.

People on Twitter seemed supportive of the fake course. A tweet shared on the company’s Twitter had roughly 160 retweets and 430 likes as of Tuesday morning.

Madasyn Lee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Madasyn at [email protected], 724-226-4702 or via Twitter.

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