DaHjaj Hol 110306 – you and us #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.

As we start a new week, I thought I’d ease into it with a single verb prefix. Today, let’s explore how to talk about using verbs where you’re the subject and me and at least one other person are the object. More specifically, second person singular subject and first person plural object, or you to us.

The verb prefix that accomplishes that is ju-. J, U. ju-

It works like so:

you don’t need to trust us

juSuvchugh HeghHchoH chom
if you fight us, the bartender will die

ghaytan tugh juSuchrup
likely you will soon be ready to visit us

chaq jumuSbe’ ‘ach romuluSngan HIq wImaS
perhaps you don’t hate us, but we prefer the Romulan ale

Most Klingon speakers have difficulty remembering all of the verb prefixes. I certainly do, and sometime you might find yourself in the same position. To avoid that possibility, as you learn each new prefix, come up with a unique sentence that you’ll always associate with that prefix. That’s your homework for today. Make up your own, personal you / us sentence in Klingon so you’ll always remember ju- when you want to use it. You’ll be amazed at how well this works. I wish someone had thought to tell me about this language trick when I was first learning Klingon. It would have helped me open worlds that much easier. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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


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