x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Klingon fails to catch on in the UAE

In the first three months since stocking the software course 'Talk Now! Learn Klingon', the Eton Institute has sold only 10 copies.

DUBAI // It was expected that a language course in Klingon would draw science fiction fans in the UAE like a tractor beam.

However, in the first three months since stocking the software course "Talk Now! Learn Klingon", the Eton Institute has sold only 10 copies.

The language school in Dubai promoted the course when it was launched by offering free lessons on social networking sites.

"We definitely had a huge interest when it was first announced, with people following the lessons on Facebook," said Moaz Khan, marketing manager for Eton. "However, there hasn't been a huge interest in the software."

While Klingon has few application outside Star Trek conventions, it has proven popular, with classics such as Hamlet and the Chinese Tao Te Ching translated into the sci-fi language.

However, fans were sceptical when the course was announced, saying that they had a greater expectation of a meteor striking the earth than Klingon being taught in Dubai.

Mr Khan said that the low number of sales may have been due to a niche audience in the emirate.

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