DaHjaj Hol 1100517 – star #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.

You may have noticed that this podcast becomes available each day at dawn. That seems especially cruel today, because you’ll have to wait so long to be able to point to today’s noun. It’s Hov. Capital H, O, V. Hov means star. Your challenge today, is to try and use this word both literally and poetically.

bong Hov DaHoHqa’
you accidentally killed a star again

qanqu’ Hovvetlh ‘ach potlhbe’
that star is very old, but it’s not important

HIq vItlhutlhqu’mo’ Hovmey vIQoylaH
because I really drank ale, I can hear the stars

Some people who study Klingon, find it easier to master words that might more commonly be used aboard a Klingon Bird of Prey. Terms like star and transporter and warp. Perhaps because it allows them to more easily open up certain worlds with the language. Other people gravitate, so to speak, to more ordinary, every day words, pieces of language from worlds they already have open to them. Which kind are you? Either way, language opens 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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