DaHjaj Hol 110420 – merely #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.

Up to this point, all of the adverbial chuvmey we’ve discussed typically occur at the beginning of a phrase or sentence. This is not the case with today’s selection. neH means only, or merely, or just, and it always occurs after the verb it modifies, limiting or down-playing the meaning of the action. However, when neH follows a noun, it means only, or alone. It’s spelled N, E, Capital H. neH

‘awje’ vItlhutlh neH
I only drank rootbeer

nov wISuv neH ‘ach wIHoHbe’
we merely fought the alien but we did not kill it

rammo’ paqvetlh vItlhap neH
because that book is trivial, I just took it

HoD HIvlaH vavwI’ neH
my father alone could attack the captain

ghoghlIj neH wIQoy
we hear only your voice

I don’t know if you’re going to like this particular word better than than other chuvmey we’ve talked about. You might, because it doesn’t work like the others. Or you might not, for the very same reason. Either way though, I’m confident you’ll remember it because it’s a special part of the language, which in turn means it opens worlds in a special way. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.


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