duolingo reveals wonky english mistranslations in tokyo


Museum of wonky english from duolingo


Nobody can ask a customer to urinate with precision and magnificence as elegant as Duolingo Japan. The language app bats its eye on Japan’s mistranslations relating to the English language, and as an alternative of solely correcting their comprehension cohesion, Duolingo opens the doorways of the Museum of Wonky English, a language station guests can roam round to learn and witness the rising record of Japan’s English-gone-awry by way of an exhibition.


The language app and firm is aware of that studying a overseas language isn’t a bit of cake. It doesn’t wish to stomp on the small victories learners expertise once they undergo the intricate challenges the English language offers them. As an alternative of shaming the language learners on the errors they normally make, Duolingo turns them into a piece of promoting the place the language app celebrates the learners’ slip-ups as useful stepping stones to their just lately discovered vocabulary or expressions. The Museum of Wonky English is the primary establishment in Japan to make clear the artwork of mistranslations within the English language.  

pictures courtesy of Duolingo and UltraSuperNew



Giving mundane expression shocking meanings


The Museum of Wonky English by Duolingo and UltraSuperNew Gallery was spearheaded by the unbiased inventive company UltraSuperNew. The museum is positioned in Harajuku, Tokyo, and is free for anybody eager to be blown away by sixteen of the most effective wonky-English examples discovered throughout Japan. The chosen phrases and expressions showcase English mistranslations which have given mundane phrases shocking meanings.


The entire group hopes that when guests take a look at the indicators, menus, garments, and different objects exhibited within the museum, they will make them chuckle, gasp, suppose, and mirror. They hope the guests will discover there’s extra depth to wonky English than they initially thought and grow to be courageous sufficient to step up and be taught a overseas language normally.

Guests are additionally invited to take part in a social activation to share their very own humorous and fascinating mistranslations they arrive throughout in each day life on Duolingo’s Twitter channel. ‘One of the best submissions can be exhibited within the museum subsequent to the remainder of the masterpieces, and those that despatched them can be rewarded with a free month of Tremendous Duolingo,’ the language app writes.

'urinate with elegance': duolingo exhibits wonky english mistranslations in tokyo



Making language studying participating


James Kuczynski, Artistic Director Model & Advertising and marketing of Duolingo, feedback that the group’s purpose is to make studying a language enjoyable and efficient for everybody. ‘By highlighting these wonky errors, we turned them into enjoyable language studying moments. By highlighting these mistranslations we wish to assist normalize that making errors is a part of studying a language and remind everybody that not all of these studying a brand new language could have the identical proficiency purpose,’ he says.


Andrés Aguilar, Affiliate Artistic Director of UltraSuperNew, provides that there shouldn’t be a unfavourable insinuation to a learner’s mistake once they’re learning a language. ‘Why do errors have such a foul rep? They’re the unsung language-learning heroes, and we wished this marketing campaign to settle the scores. There’s a treasure trove of meanings you possibly can solely entry when misplaced in translation, and that’s what we wished individuals to expertise within the Museum of Wonky English,’ he says. The Museum of Wonky English is open from 11am to 7pm, on a regular basis from November twenty ninth till December seventh.

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venture data:


exhibition identify: Museum of Wonky English

firm: Duolingo

inventive company: UltraSuperNew

exhibition location: UltraSuperNew Gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo in Japan

dates and occasions: 11am to 7pm (On a regular basis), November twenty ninth to December 07th, 2022

matthew burgos | designboom

dec 05, 2022

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