DaHjaj Hol 110328 – old and young #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.

This is the last Verb Day in March. But don’t be sad, we have a brand new month just around the corner, and April promises to be full of verbs. To celebrate, I’m going to give you a pair of verbs today. The first is qan. Lowercase Q, A, N. qan means be old, as opposed to being young, not as opposed to be new. The verb for be young is Qup. Captial Q, U, P. Qup. Let’s try them both out in a few sentences:

bIqanlaHpa’ bIQupnIS
before you can be old, you need to be young

chom qan law’ jabwI’ qan puS ‘ach romuluSngan Qup law’ chom Qup puS
the bartender is older than the waiter, but the Roumlan is younger than the bartender

chaq bIqan ‘ach Qupqa’ qa’lIj
perhaps you are old, but your spirit is young again

qen jIQup ‘ach DaH jIqanchoH
recently I was young, but now I have become old

Take a moment to reflect on what you know about Klingon. You’ve mastered dozens of verbs. You’ve learned plenty of nouns. You’ve conquered many grammatical leftovers. And you’ve set yourself on the road to becoming a language warrior. Day by day, word by word, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture, let alone appreciate how far you’ve already come. So today, as you practice being old and young, take some time to also reflect on how much you’ve already seen the proof that language opens worlds. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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