DaHjaj Hol 110220 #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.

Today we’ll start the week with a couple new verb prefixes.

You’ll recall that prefixes reveal the person and number of the verb’s subject and object. Today’s prefixes are Du- and nI-. That’s D, U, and N, Capital I, respectively. The subject with Du- is third person singular, or he, she, or it. The subject with nI- is third person plural, or they. Both have the same number and person for the object, that is, second person singular, or you.

A couple examples will make this clear:

DumuS vavlI’
your father hates you

nIyu’qa’ romuluSngan
the Romulans question you again

nIHoHrupbe’ ‘ach tugh DuHoH
they are not ready to kill you but soon he will kill you

Can you imagine being completely at ease with verb prefixes? Many students of Klingon focus on learning verbs and nouns, and fail to master their prefixes early. Consider that this might not be the best way to go. The sooner you are comfortable with your prefixes, the sooner you’ll be able to expand your conversational repertoire. Think of all the many ways, in person and number, you’d be able to tell people how language opens worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

no object me us you you (pl) him/her/it them
I jI- qa- ? vI- ?
we ma- ? ? wI- ?
you bI- ? ? Da- Da-
you (pl) Su- ? ? bo- bo-
he/she/it mu- nu- Du- ?
they mu- nu- nI- ? ?


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