DaHjaj Hol 110327 – we / youse guys #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.

Hard to believe, but we’re running low on prefixes. By this time next month, we’ll have gone through them all and have to find some other way to spend our Sundays together. But we still have a few left, and today we’re going to look at the verb prefix re-. That’s R, E. re- is used to indicate a first person plural subject, otherwise known as we, and a second person plural object, or y’all / youse guys / all of you. Like so:

reSuvlaH ‘ach reHoHlaHbe’
we can fight you, but we cannot kill you

revoqlaHchugh chaq HeghchoHbe’ romuluSngan
if we could trust y’all, perhaps the Romulan would not have died

chom bomaS ‘ach wej remaS
youse guys prefer the bartender, but we don’t yet prefer you

You may or may not realize how critical verb prefixes are, but personally I think they’re the most common weak spot in a Klingon speaker’s repetoire. There are just some subject / object combinations that don’t come up very often, and I’ve known even the most fluent of speakers to sometimes flounder when trying to recall one of them. I suspect part of the reason for that is no one told them how important prefixes would be, back when they were first learning the language. They did not have the advantage that you do, knowing they are an essential key for language opening worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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


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