DaHjaj Hol 1100516 – become #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 don’t know about you, but I love the smell of verbs in the morning. Today’s verb is moj. M, O, J. moj means become. It’s a great word for you to have at your command, because it let’s you talk about change, evolution, and the acquisition of skills. Or something like that.

tugh vebwI’ Damoj
soon you will become the next one

be’nalwI’ mojbe’
she will not become my wife

HoD vIHoHchugh Sub vImojta’
if I kill the capatin, I will become a hero

A person may not know if you will master a skill tomorrow, or next week, or next month. You do know that if you continue to practice, your command of the language will one day open worlds, but you can’t know when. On the other hand, you also know that if you quit, it can never happen. All in all, this is one time when it is better to live with uncertainty. 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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