DaHjaj Hol 1100501 – I / y’all #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.

And so we come at last to the final verb prefix. It’s Sa-. Capital S, A. Use Sa- when the subject is first person, singular, or I, and the object is third person plural, or all of you. You’ll use this a lot when you are speaking to groups of people and want to say something about all of them. Like so:

motlh Savuv
usually, I respect y’all

SaHoHlaHpa’ Satu’nIS
before I can kill youse guys, I need to find you

wej SaSIghbe’ ‘ach tugh SaSeymoH
I don’t influence you yet, but soon I will excite you

Maybe you haven’t become comfortable with all the prefixes… yet. It’s one of the more abstract things in Klingon, and a lot of people put it off, choosing to focus on other vocabulary. There’s no one way to learn the language, and I’m confident you will master the entire grid of prefixes in time. As you do so, new worlds will continue to open. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

no object me us you you (pl) him/her/it them
I jI- qa- Sa- vI- vI-
we ma- pI- re- wI- DI-
you bI- cho- ju- Da- Da-
you (pl) Su- tu- che- bo- bo-
he/she/it mu- nu- Du- lI-
they mu- nu- nI- lI- lu-


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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