DaHjaj Hol 110424 – we / them #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.

One of the last prefixes for you to learn is DI-. Capital D, Capital I. DI- is used when the subject is first person plural, or we, and the object is third person plural, or them. Whenever we are doing something to them, you can use DI-

not DISuv
we will never fight them

chaq boHoH DISop
perhaps if y’all kill them we’ll eat them

reH ngIj novvam ‘ach DImaS
these aliens are always unruly, but we prefer them

After you master today’s prefix, you only have one left to learn. Can you really enjoy the possibilities this opens up for you? Can you actually bask in the power of expression this creates? Can you savor how far you’ve come? The question isn’t if you can do any of these things, or even if you will do them. That’s already a given. The only question is how much will you let yourself enjoy your accomplishment? If you’re looking for some guidance to answering that, I suggest you indulge yourself in direct proportion to the worlds that the language has opened for you. And that should be quite a bit. qo’mey poSmoH Hol.

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


Today’s podcast is brought to you by the 18th annual summer conference of the Klingon Language Institute (aka the qep’a’ wa’maH chorghDIch) which runs from Sunday morning on August 14th through late evening Tuesday, August 16th. The following day, Wednesday, August 17th, is the official beginning of the 69th annual World Science Fiction Convention, conveniently taking place right there in Reno, Nevada!

Back to the qep’a’: This year, we’ll be splitting the conference into two parts:

Part One will be the usual blend of fellowship, curse warfare, singing, story-telling, and assorted language challenges as we’ve enjoyed for the past seventeen years, and will run from Sunday through Monday. We’ll begin in a meeting room at the Hyatt Place Reno-Tahoe Airport Hotel for Sunday and Monday, and on Tuesday morning we’ll move to larger function space over at Reno’s convention center (courtesy of Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention).

Part Two will begin at noon on Tuesday, and consist of various introductory lessons and explanations intended for newbies, beginners, and visitors dressed in Federation pajamas (or other noncombatants). Klingon grammarians will be on hand to help newcomers (not to be confused with linguistic “fresh meat!”) learn the basics of Klingon and use it to chat, sing, play games, and insult one another.

Full details can be found at http://www.speakklingon.info/

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