DaHjaj Hol 110512 – interrogative #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.

I have a very special verb suffix for you, one of those incredibly powerful Type 9 suffixes that so rock your world. Today’s suffix is –’a’. Apostrophe, A, Apostrophe. Adding –’a’ to a verb turns the sentence from a statement to a question, specifically a yes/no question. It’s both fun and easy.

did I insult you?

SoSwI’ boHoHrup’a’
are y’all ready to kill my mother?

romuluSngan bem DaroS’a’
did you lick the sole of the Romulan’s foot?

HoD HIvmeH nuHvam vIlo’a’
Do I use this weapon for attacking the captain?

You may feel quite exhilirated right now, because you just doubled the number of things you know how to say in Klingon. Every statement you were able to make, can now be turned into question, just by adding a single suffix. Powerful stuff, but I think you’re up for it. Are you ready to use language to open worlds? Don’t answer that question. It was rhetorical. 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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