DaHjaj Hol 110313 – we and you #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.

And so we begin another week with yet another Klingon verb prefix. Today let’s talk about pI-, the prefix to use when the subject is first personal, plural, or we, and the object is second person, singular, or you. When you use pI- on a verb, you’re saying that we verb you. That’s P, Capital I. pI-

And now, time for some sample sentences using pI-

reH pIvoq
we always trust you

manarghchugh chaq pISuvnISbe’
if we escape, perhaps we don’t need to fight you

DaH pISeymoH ‘ach tugh bIghungqa’
we excite you now, but soon you will be hungry again

pIHoHrupDI’ DujlIj wI’ellaH
as soon as we are ready to kill you, we can enter your ship

You might not have noticed how often you used different combinations of subject and object pronouns in English, but verb prefixes make you very aware of it in Klingon. Try to pay attention to the variety you use in everyday conversations and you’ll likely notice two things. First, there are some subject/object combinations you use a lot. And second, while you use other combinations more sparingly, you do use them. Keep that in mind when speaking Klingon, and become comfortable with the full range of verb prefixes. After all, why limit your possibilities. Language exists to open worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

no object me us you you (pl) him/her/it them
I jI- qa- ? vI- ?
we ma- pI- ? 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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