Penguins team up with Max Talbot and Duolingo for “French Language Night”

Rachel Kalas
February 12, 2020 - 8:08 pm
Pittsburgh Penguins Kris Letang (58) and Max Talbot (25) celebrate scoring in front of Philadelphia Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (35) during the first period at the CONSOL Energy Center.

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Penguins announced that they have teamed up with 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Max Talbot and Pittsburgh-based language learning app, Duolingo, for “French Language Night” to be held on February 14th against the Montreal Canadiens.

Talbot will serve as the Penguins’ “French Language Night Ambassador” and will work alongside public address announcer Ryan Miller to make 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.”

Fans will also hear Talbot’s welcoming message outside the arena (“It’s a great day for hockey” in French!), Kris Letang doing the “House Rules” in French on the arena video board, and more!

Duolingo, which was founded and based in Pittsburgh, has taught 300 million learners a new language with its popular education app.

“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.”


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