DaHjaj Hol 1100515 – 1st person singular 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.

Time now for another edition of our Verb Prefix Review. Once again we’ll focus on a single person and number for the subject and all the different combinations of these properties across objects. Today that subject will be first person singular, or I. Ready?

When the prefix is jI- the verb has no object.

I am very old

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

tugh qatIchta’
soon I will insult you


When the prefix is Sa- the object is second person plural, or y’all.

ghaytan SaHoHlaH
I can likely kill all of you


When the prefix is vI- the object is third person, and can be either singular, such as him, her, or it, or plural, as in them.

chom vISuv ‘ach jabwI’pu’ vISuvbe’
I fought the bartender, but I did not fight the waiters

If you’ve been keeping track, that’s four different verb prefixes applied to five different conditions. As Captain Koloth once told me, “the secret of successful command is commanding the language of success.” I like to think he meant that a thorough grounding in Klingon verb prefixes opened up worlds of success for him. All because of language. 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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