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The Duolingo owl is coming for us all.
Anyone who has signed on to this language-learning app is familiar with its insistent little mascot. Have you practiced your Spanish yet? Today you’ll learn conjunctions and maybe an idiom or two. Unless you fail to sign on before the day’s conclusion, which summons the owl. THE OWL.
The owl does not forgive easily. He sends constant reminders. To your phone, to your email. He knocks on your door and whispers fluent Spanish in your cat’s ear, turning her against you. He is everywhere. The Duolingo Twitter account recently posted a photo that captured its adorable winged owl in all of his haunting glory. Alongside a shadowy, lurking Duo—yes, that’s his name—were the words “coming soon.” Is that a threat?
It took no time for people to begin poking fun at the creepy—yet incredibly apt—depiction of the Duolingo owl. In no time, the memes came flooding in.
my therapist: the duolingo owl isnt real and cant hurt you— frog boy! (@jU_Ube) March 27, 2019
the duolingo owl: https://t.co/itB7JrXO0L
Some people thought the ominous lighting was a hint toward a dark mode, but Duolingo quickly quelled that rumor.
Hint: it's not dark mode.— Duolingo (@duolingo) March 26, 2019
Apparently, the app has realized that Duo’s gentle little reminders aren’t enough. It’s time for action. The app offers courses in 24 different languages, which means this little owl can threaten you in two dozen different tongues.
The duolingo bird memes are the best thing on Twitter rn pic.twitter.com/498cRogExP— Beemorabi™ (@ibrahiem96) March 28, 2019
duolingo owl without a fucking doubt. he'd be behind barney in the blink of an eye, and barney would be torn to shreds before you could even say "te amó, me amas" https://t.co/Hi9OQ0FIfZ— bee is petty & r00d ✨ (@tyruskippn) March 27, 2019
the duolingo bird showing up in your bedroom @ 2am demanding you practice your fucking chinese pic.twitter.com/hZmVVYHlgd— tylah™ (@nomadbcrnes) March 27, 2019
Were you aware that you can learn High Valyrian on Duolingo? Why the hell am I wasting my time learning Italian when I could be commanding my dog to breathe fire?
Please be "Dark Tongue of Mordor"— Berç. (@BercemGzd) March 26, 2019
Oh god oh fuck. Just woke up in the dead of night to kicking at my door. I think he finally found me.— Slazo (@Slazo) March 27, 2019
I haven't practiced Spanish in 4 days. That duolingo bird is relentless.
I think this is the end for me. Adiós.
Duolingo: The Bird Can Hurt You Now pic.twitter.com/EyG4C2pbqd— Tony "Fat Neck" Ferreli (@Cromblethorpe) March 27, 2019
Cracking up over these Duolingo memes. pic.twitter.com/skuJ6QC8Ng— Becca Mhic Pheadair (@faoiltighearna) March 26, 2019
This new Duolingo feature is wild pic.twitter.com/txyu2HjJ2M— el (@JAYBlRDS) March 27, 2019
We still don’t know what Duolingo was plugging with its “coming soon” tweet, but in the meantime enjoy the memes. And for God’s sake, do your damn Spanish!
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Nahila Bonfiglio reports on geek culture and gaming. Her work has also appeared on KUT's Texas Standard (Austin), KPAC-FM (San Antonio), and the Daily Texan.