DaHjaj Hol 110123 #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 and today is Sunday, January 23rd, 2011, which is as good a reason as any to introduce you to a few more verb prefixes.

I’m feeling generous today, so I’m going to give you three of them.

You’ll remember that verb prefixes in Klingon reveal the person and number of the subject and object. All three of the prefixes I’m sharing with you today have the same person and number in the subject. They are all first person plural, or we.

They differ in the person and number of the objects of the verb they’re attached to.

We’ll start with ma- that’s M, A. ma- is used when the verb has no object. Thus,

we kill

Next up is wI- that’s W, Capital I. wI- is used when the object is third person and singular, or him, her, or it. So,

we kill it or we kill her or we kill him

Which brings us to our last prefix of the day, DI- that’s Capital D, Capital I.
DI- like wI- is used when the object is in the third person, but DI- is used when that object is plural, or them.

we kill them

Of course, verb prefixes don’t do you much good without verbs to attach them to, so here are a few new verbs as Bonus Vocabulary:

tIn means be big. That’s T, Capital I, N
chech means be drunk or intoxicated. That’s CH, E, CH
Dev means lead or guide. Captial D, E, V.
qaw means remember. Lowercase Q, A, W.

Let’s put some of our new prefixes into place, just to see how they work. And while we’re at it, let’s toss in some other vocabulary, to keep you on your toes:

matIn ‘ach chechrup romuluSngan
we are big, but the Romulan is ready to be intoxicated

tugh HoHwI’lI’ wIDev
soon we will guide your killer

batlh bolwI’ DIqawjaj
may we recall the drooler with honor

Up until this point you’ve probably been listening to these recordings by yourself. But language use is not a solitary endeavor. Now that you have some plural verb prefixes consider practicing with someone. If you don’t have someone nearby to work with, consider reaching out through Twitter or the comments section of the website where these podcasts are posted, and finding a language buddy. What happens when you start using the language not simply in drills and practice phrases, but with another person? What happens when you decide to take your language efforts to the next level.

That’s when you’ll better understand qo’mey poSmoH Hol, Language Opens Worlds.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by ghIghameS,
translated by Roger Cheesbro.


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