DaHjaj Hol 1100504 – FORCEFULLY #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.

Are you feeling forceful? I hope so, because today I want to introduce you to a new leftover that requires you to speak like a warrior. The word is pe’vIl. P, E, Apostrophe, V, Capital I, L. pe’vIl means forcefully. You can place it at the beginning of a phrase or sentence and it modifies how that utterance occurs. Like so:

pe’vIl HIv romuluSngan
the Romulan attacked forcefully

pe’vIl vItlhutlhmo’ DaH jIchech
because I drank forcefully, now I am drunk

qaHoHbe’chugh pe’vIl choHoHnIS
if I don’t kill you, you need to forcefully kill me

You might find that casting emotionally charged practice sentences helps you to learn. It’s easy to remember the meaning of a word when it’s exciting, is it not? I won’t waste your time with practice sentences from a Federation primer about Dick and Jane and watching them run. A warrior craves action! That’s the way we want language to open 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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