DaHjaj Hol 1100508 – 3rd person plural subjects #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.

Huh. Here it is, Prefix Day, and we’ve finished going through all the verb prefixes in Klingon. What should we do? The prefixes are very important, so… let’s spend the next several Sundays reviewing them along various groupings.

We’ll begin with looking at specific person and number combinations of subjects. Today let’s do all the prefixes that have a third person plural as the subject, which is to say, a subject of they.

When the prefix is mu- the object is first person singular, or me.

they need to respect me

When the prefix is nu- the object is first person plural, or us.

they cannot hear us

When the prefix is nI- the object is second person singular, or you.

tugh nISIghchoH
soon they will begin influencing you

When the prefix is lI- the object is second person plural, or y’all or youse guys.

ghaytan lISeymoHta’
likely they excited all of you

When the prefix is lu- the object is third person singular, or him or her or it.

chaq vavlI’ luHoHbe’
perhaps they didn’t kill your father

There you go, five verb prefixes all with the same subject. Will you work through a dozen different sentences with each prefix, or will you hammer away at the same sentence varying only the prefix until the various objects immediately leap to mind? There’s no wrong way to practice, as long as you practice, because one way or another, you will make the language open worlds for you. 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-


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