DaHjaj Hol 110308 – anger #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 I’d like to talk about feelings. In English, feelings are more often expressed with nouns than verbs, but in Klingon it’s the other way around. I was thinking about this today because, it’s a Noun Day, and the word I wanted to give you today is one of the few feeling words in Klingon that exists as both a verb and a noun. I’ll throw in some bonus verbs to cover a few other feelings too, but let’s begin with the noun.

QeH means anger. Captial Q, E, Capital H. QeH. It also means be angry.

Quch means be happy. Capital Q, U, CH. Quch

‘IQ means be sad. Apostrophe, Capital I, Capital Q. ‘IQ

Is it just coincidence that all three of these emotion-laden words contain a capital Q? Who can say. Just roll with it.

Dargh rur Human QeH
the human’s anger resembles tea

chaq jIQuchchugh muSuchlaH loDnI’lI’
perhaps if I’m happy, your brother can visit me

nov ‘IQ law romuluSngan ‘IQ puS
the alien is sadder than the Romulan

jIQeHrupbe’ ‘ach jIchechrupqa’
I’m not ready to be angry but I’m ready to be drunk again

bIQuchchoHDI’ juqawlaHbe’
when you become happy, you won’t be able to remember us

ghaytan ‘IQnIS DaHjaj
likely today needs to be sad

A famous Klingon – I think it was Koloth – once said, “emotions are the language we speak before we speak language.” Just think how useful it will be for you to practice these words, feeling as well as speaking. Almost like getting an extra language to help you open worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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