DaHjaj Hol 110708 – sabre bear #tlhIngan #tlh

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Hello, and welcome. You’re listening to DaHjaj Hol, your daily dose of Klingon language. I’m your host, Lawrence Schoen.

Welcome to the end of the week, the day we celebrate with a word from Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler. Often these words are not as “practical” as the other bits and pieces you get throughout the week, but that just makes it more interesting for you to find ways to practice them. Today’s selection may prove especially challenging. It’s mIl’oD. M, Capital I, L, Apostrophe, O, Capital D. mIl’oD means sabre bear. Right. You’ll be able to use this dozens of times every day. For now though, let’s see if I can manage a few sample sentences:

mIl’oD rur SoSlI’
your mother resembles a sabre bear

megh vISopbe’mo’ tlhapta’ mIl’oD
because I did not eat my lunch, the sabre bear took it

mughato’ Suvchugh mIl’oD ghaytan luj
if the sabre bear fights the mugato, it will likely lose

lojmIt DapoSmoHchugh vaj nuHIv mIl’oD
if you open the door then the sabre bear will attack us

I wouldn’t tell you to practice this word as aggressively as you do the other words from other days, because really, what would be the point? Would you even listen if I did? Would you go out of your way to see sabre bears in everyday places and events? Hmm… what if you did? What kind of metaphor might you create? That would be an interesting use of language, don’t you think? But I’m not telling you to do any of that. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by the 18th annual summer conference of the Klingon Language Institute (aka the qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch) which runs from Sunday morning on August 14th through late evening Tuesday, August 16th. The following day, Wednesday, August 17th, is the official beginning of the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention, conveniently taking place right there in Reno, Nevada!

Back to the qep’a’: This year, we’ll be splitting the conference into two parts:

Part One will be the usual blend of fellowship, curse warfare, singing, story-telling, and assorted language challenges as we’ve enjoyed for the past seventeen years, and will run from Sunday through Monday. We’ll begin in a meeting room at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel for Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll move to larger function space over at Reno’s convention center (courtesy of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention).

Part Two will begin at noon on Tuesday, and consist of various introductory lessons and explanations intended for newbies, beginners, and visitors dressed in Federation pajamas (or other noncombatants). Klingon grammarians will be on hand to help newcomers (not to be confused with linguistic “fresh meat!”) learn the basics of Klingon and use it to chat, sing, play games, and insult one another.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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One Response to “DaHjaj Hol 110708 – sabre bear #tlhIngan #tlh”

Huh, I’d actually forgotten that there was a word for that. Good thing I have this podcast to remind me, so I don’t have to go around trying to make up my own terms (Ho”a’ jej Ha’DIbaH qu’/vaQ or something, I guess).

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