DaHjaj Hol 110513 – hero #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.

We’ve reached another Friday, and we should celebrate with a word from Marc Okrand’s Klingon for the Galactic Traveler. Fortunately, I have one close at hand. It’s a noun. Sub means hero. Capital S, U, B. Sub. Learn to use this word well, and people may use it to describe you.

Subpu’ maS be’nI’wI’
my sister prefers heroes

qen chom HoHta’ Subvetlh
recently, that hero killed the bartender

Sub ghogh vIQoylaHbe’
I cannot hear the hero’s voice

When you create sentences about heroes, then you will find it easier to remember the vocabulary. It’s a simple trick of storytelling that every teacher knows: if the information can be presented in an interesting and entertaining way, the student is more likely to remember it. So build your practice around tall tales and heroic deeds, dangerous adventures and evil villains. That kind of intriguing language will help you to open more worlds. 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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