The Pittsburgh Penguins and corporate partner Duolingo, a Pittsburgh-based language learning app, will team up to present “French Language Night,” when the Pens take on the Montreal Canadiens on Friday, February 14 at PPG Paints Arena.
2009 Stanley Cup champion Max Talbot will serve as the Penguins’ “French Language Night Ambassador” and play a key role in the team’s first bilingual presentation of a game. Talbot will work alongside public address announcer Ryan Mill and make numerous announcements in French during the game.
“The Penguins have always had such a great French-Canadian heritage with our players, and we’re excited to work with Duolingo on this unique dual-language initiative at Friday’s game with Montreal,” said Terry Kalna, the team’s senior vice president of sales. “It’s a way to highlight our partnership with a great Pittsburgh company in Duolingo and salute the impact the French language has had on our team and our sport.”
Special elements of Friday’s game-night experience will include:
- Talbot recording the audio “welcome” message outside the arena, and saying, “It’s a Great Day for Hockey” in French
- Penguins defenseman Kris Letang doing the “House Rules” in French on the arena video board
- Arena ushers greeting fans in French
- Goal announcements and video board replays in both French and English
- French language content in IceTime magazine, including a story on how Letang learned to speak English … and much more
With more than 300 million total learners, Duolingo is the most popular way to learn a language and the most downloaded education app in the world. The company’s mission is to make education free, fun and accessible to everyone. Founded and based in Pittsburgh, Duolingo teaches 30-plus languages and is designed to make learning feel like playing a game.
“We’re proud to partner with the Pittsburgh Penguins to create this unique, new experience at Friday’s game,” said Cammie Dunaway, chief marketing officer at Duolingo. “French Language Night is a celebration of hockey and the French language, and what better time to recognize Pittsburgh’s love of hockey than on Valentine’s Day? At Duolingo, we believe everyone can learn a new language, and we know people learn best when they’re having fun. We hope that Penguins fans all enjoy the experience of learning a few new French words as we celebrate the diversity of languages and nationalities in the NHL.”
For more information on Duolingo, please visit www.duolingo.com.
Duolingo is the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app worldwide. The company’s mission is to make education free and accessible to all. Duolingo offers 91 total courses across over 30 distinct languages, and is available on iOS, Android, and Web at www.duolingo.com. Valued at $1.5 billion, the company has raised more than $138 million in venture capital from investors including CapitalG, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Union Square Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Drive Capital, Ashton Kutcher, and Tim Ferriss.
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