DaHjaj Hol 110214 #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.

It’s Valentine’s Day, and even though it’s a Verb Day, I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along a very useful noun today. Your bonus word is bang which means one who is loved. Another commonly used translation is beloved. B. A. NG. bang

Now, on to today’s verb. nargh. N, A, R, GH. nargh is a particularly fun word because it means two different things. nargh can mean appear and it can also mean escape. Ideally, the context will make the intended meaning clear, though this may not always be the case.

Consider the following:

narghDI’ SuchwI’ nIteb jISopbe’
when the visitor appeared, I could not eat alone

narghDI’ vavlI’ nIteb vIchegh
when your father escaped, I returned alone

not nargh banglI’ ‘ach mumaS romuluSngan be’nI’
your beloved will never appear, but the Romulan’s sister prefers me

narghqa’ banglI’ ‘ach mejbe’
your beloved escaped again, but she did not leave

When you think about using a word like nargh, then you begin to see the subtle ways either meaning might be called into play, and you’ll find yourself examining your language more closely. That’s a good sign. It means worlds are opening up for you. But you knew that, didn’t you? qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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The Klingon Dictionary,
by Marc Okrand.


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