DaHjaj Hol 110225 – electricity #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.

Friday’s come around again already, and as I record today’s entry here in the greater Philadelphia area there is rain and thunder and lightning. Given the circumstances and the location, today’s vocabulary choice from Klingon for the Galactic Traveler seems obvious.

It’s ‘ul. That’s Apostrophe, U, L. ‘ul means electricity.

This word demonstrates one of Marc Okrand’s more obscure puns, and while I won’t give it away, I will tell you that you can find the reference on most any light bulb manufactured in the United States.

And now, some practice sentences:

potlh ‘ul ‘ach bIrchoH qa’vIn
electricity is important, but the coffee has gotten cold

DuHoHbe’chugh ‘ul chaq DuHoH romuluSgnan
if the electricity doesn’t kill you, perhaps the Romulan will kill you

nISwI’ ‘ul vIvoqlaHbe’DI’ ghIntaqlIj vIqawnIS
when I cannot trust the disruptor’s electricity
I will need to remember your battle spear

You might notice how good you feel when you’ve been practicing Klingon. The vocabulary is coming to mind more readily, the suffixes fall into place more easily. You are building first familiarity and eventually fluency. Soon, you will be a Galactic Traveler, opening worlds with language. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


Today’s podcast is brought to you by
Klingon for the Galactic Traveler,
by Marc Okrand.


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