DaHjaj Hol 1100509 – use #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’m in the mood for a very simple and handy verb, how about you? Today’s word is lo’. That’s L, O, Apostrophe. lo’ means use. So, let’s use it, shall we?

HoHmeH batleH vIlo’
for killing, I use a bat’leth

wIlo’ta’mo’ jIyatlhchoHbe’
because we used it, I won’t become pregnant

mInDu’lIj Dalo’chugh nujlIj Dalo’nISbe’
if you use your eyes, you don’t need to use your mouth

People can, you know, use many different things in many different ways. That’s so obvious you’re probably wondering why I bother to say it. It’s so obvious though, that you may not have realized how easily it applies to language. Try practicing in Klingon some of the many things you use and ways you use them. Use the language to open worlds. That’s what’s it for you know. 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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